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Remember the Best

Which memories do you remember the best? Use Crayola® Washable Markers to create artwork that tells a story in the tradition of Rivera, Ringgold, and Picasso.

  • Grade 3
    Grade 4
    Grade 5
  • 60 to 90 Minutes
  • Directions

    1. Organize a field trip for students to visit a local museum. Invite students to peruse artwork online, or look through art books to view images that tell a story. Explore the artwork of Diego Rivera. Interpret the stories depicted in Faith Ringgold's Neighborhood Quilts. And interpret the hidden images in Pablo Picasso's Guernica.
    2. When students have completed the activities in Step #1, ask them what their favorite memories are of where they live or used to live? It might include friends, family, neighbors, buildings, festivals, or weather. Allow time for discussion. This can be done as a whole class activity or in small groups.
    3. Invite students to draw a memory on colored construction paper using Crayola Washable Markers and Multicultural Markers. Suggest they make the edges of drawings irregular (not straight).
    4. Students write descriptions of their memories around the edges of drawings, using Crayola Washable Fine Tip Markers.
    5. Trim the irregular edges of drawings with Crayola Scissors.
    6. Glue several drawings on a posterboard with Crayola Washable Glue Sticks to produce a classroom mural.
    7. Students describe their artwork for the classmates. How is it similar to other artists' work? How is it different?
  • Standards

    LA: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

    LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

    LA: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.

    SS: Describe ways in which language, stories, folktales, music, and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture and influence behavior of people living in a particular culture.

    SS: Use appropriate resources, data sources, and geographic tools to generate, manipulate, and interpret information.

    VA: Select media, techniques, an processes; analyze what makes them effective or not effective in communicating ideas; and reflect upon the effectiveness of choices.

    VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of experiences and ideas.

    VA: Use subjects, themes, and symbols that demonstrate knowledge of contexts, values, and aesthetics that communicate intended meaning in artworks.

  • Adaptations

    Possible classroom resources include: My Book About Me by Dr. Seuss; Diego by Jonah Winter; Faith Ringgold by Mike Venezia; Who Was Pablo Picasso by True Kelley

    Encourage students to extend this lesson plan by illustrating ideas about any curriculum topics, such as food groups, endangered species, etc.

    Students collaborate to create a mural of their collective experiences during the school year. Post the completed mural in a public place in the school.


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