Thursday, March 26, 2015

STEAM Lessons

Spring break is next week! I will be teaching two days at a STEM camp doing STEM-related art lessons with 3rd-6th grade students. These are the lessons I've come up with in this short time to share. I've given my friend in charge these four lessons, he will choose two that we will do next week. 

Feel free to use them with your students. Some are high-end and very costly, but would be great for small groups (art clubs, home school, etc.), and a couple are very cheap and can be done with standard art supplies you may already have around. (There may be some specific notes from me to him on there, ignore those and enjoy the free lessons.)

Image found at
This first is the most expensive, but very cool. It's using chemical reactions of potassium sulfate and copper to create a relief sculpture with a dark patina. You can view the lesson in PDF form here.

Etsy Shop can be found here.

The next was inspired by an Etsy piece, it is a plush cyanobacteria. This lesson is easy to make and focuses on the impact of algae in the environment and its effect on the atmosphere. I like this one for this camp because we will be at the Discovery Center in Murfreesboro, which is located in the wetlands. What better place to talk about algae? You can find this PDF lesson here.

Image from Big Old Art Room blog.

This fossil lesson is one I've done before with my 2nd graders and they were very successful. It was also a lot of fun to go explore and find the natural materials to press into the clay. Lots of trails to explore around this area. The PDF lesson can be found here. 

Image and other examples found at Artisan des Arts.
This project is essentially "marbling" paper using chalk pastels. An intimidating but simple process, it does create stunning images. Lesson found here.

I'm hoping to do more things like this and make my curriculum fully STEM-integrated. It's a good start. :)