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Nature Art Course | Taking Art and Drawing Outside With Plant Science

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Ms. Abbey | Art Teacher of ARTventurous Animals
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Let’s take art class outside this semester. Introducing your solution to “oh, what about art?” and your 1,000s hours outside—all rolled into one. This course combines the traditional elements of art with 7 discovery-based nature topics.

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US Grade 3 - 5
Beginner Level
7 units//42 lessons//20 Weeks
Unit 1The Element of Line & Plant Types
6 lessons3 Weeks
The Element of Line & Plant Types
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Learn it! Element of Line
This week, we're starting with THE ELEMENT OF LINE. It's the foundation of art, like the building blocks to make a tall building. Every work of art is made up of lines in some way!
Lesson 2
Practice it! Element of Line
Let’s practice what you learned in Lesson 1! Have fun and don’t feel like you have to make your worksheet look exactly like mine. You’ll complete Lesson 1 and 2 within the same week to help the new info stay fresh.
 Week 2
Lesson 3
Discover it! Monocots, Dicots, & Conifers
Let's become nature detectives and learn about plants' stems and leaves! This week, we're categorizing plants into MONOCOTS, DICOTS, and CONIFERS. You’ll complete Lessons 3 and 4 within the same week to help the new info stay fresh.
Lesson 4
Sketch it! Monocots, Dicots, & Conifers
Get ready to sketch some trees from all around the world! Take each part one step at a time. You’ll be surprised how amazing your trees turn out at the end!
 Week 3
Lesson 5
Journal it! Scavenger Hunt
Head outside with your worksheet and journal it! Use your detective’s eye to find monocots, dicots, and conifers. Then, sketch the plants you see. Lastly, watch the video and gather items for the scavenger hunt!
Lesson 6
Make it! Line & Plant Types
Let’s put it all together! We’re combining everything we’ve learned into 1 project. Can you find the element of line and the monocots, dicots, and conifers?
Unit 2The Element of Texture & Parts of a Plant
6 lessons3 Weeks
The Element of Texture & Parts of a Plant
 Week 4
Lesson 7
Learn it! Element of Texture
This week, we're starting with THE ELEMENT OF TEXTURE. Texture is the way something feels OR the way looks like it should feel. This will elevate your art work to a whole new level! You’ll complete Lesson 1 and 2 within the same week to help the new info stay fresh.
Lesson 8
Practice it! Element of Texture
practice makes perfect Let’s practice what you learned in Lesson 1! Have fun and don’t feel like you have to make your worksheet look exactly like mine. You’ll complete Lesson 1 and 2 within the same week to help the new info stay fresh.
 Week 5
Lesson 9
Discover it! Parts of a Plant
What parts of a plant have you eaten today? This week, we’re breaking down the parts of a plant and discovering how to use their texture to create beautiful works of art! You’ll complete Lessons 3 and 4 within the same week to help the new info stay fresh.
Lesson 10
Sketch it! Parts of a Plant
Finish this plant by drawing the leaves, stems, and pot. Feel free to add in your own texture, shapes, flowers, fruit, or anything you’d like to add!
 Week 6
Lesson 11
Journal it! Scavenger Hunt
Head outside with your worksheet and journal it! Ready to get outside for a scavenger hunt?? This week, you'll be heading outside (or to the grocery store if it's too cold!) and finding three parts of a plant. Fill in your journal page, then hunt for leaves, stems, and roots!
Lesson 12
Make it! Texture & Parts of a Plant
Let’s put it all together! We’re combining everything we’ve learned into 1 project. Can you find the element of texture and the parts of a plant?
Unit 3The Element of Shape & Shapes of Leaves
6 lessons3 Weeks
The Element of Shape & Shapes of Leaves
 Week 7
Lesson 13
Learn it! The Element of Shape
Did you know that shape appears in artwork everywhere? This week, we'll be exploring shapes--not just boring circles and squares from Kindergarten! We'll be learning the different types, how to draw them, and how to use them. You’ll complete Lesson 1 and 2 within the same week to help the new info stay fresh.
Lesson 14
Practice it! The Element of Shape
Practice makes perfect Let’s practice what you learned in Lesson 1! Have fun and don’t feel like you have to make your worksheet look exactly like mine. You’ll complete Lesson 1 and 2 within the same week to help the new info stay fresh.
 Week 8
Lesson 15
Discover it! Shapes of Leaves
Every leaf has a special shape. That's one of the ways we recognize what type of tree or plant it is. This week, we'll be diving into alllll things leaves--shape, venation, margin. You won't see plants the same way after this one! You’ll complete Lessons 3 and 4 within the same week to help the new info stay fresh.
Lesson 16
Sketch it! Shapes of Leaves
Get ready to sketch some unique leaves! Take each part one step at a time. You’ll be surprised how amazing your leaves turn out at the end!
 Week 9
Lesson 17
Journal it! Scavenger Hunt
Head outside with your worksheet and journal it! Use your detective’s eye to find ovate, palmate, and cordate leaves. Then, sketch the leaves you found. Lastly, watch the video and gather items for the scavenger hunt!
Lesson 18
Make it! Shape & Shapes of Leaves
Let’s put it all together! We’re combining everything we’ve learned into 1 project. Ready to PAINT??? Can't wait to see how you painted leaves turn out! Can you find the element of shape and different shapes of leaves?
Unit 4The Element of Color & Parts of a Flower
6 lessons3 Weeks
The Element of Color & Parts of a Flower
 Week 10
Lesson 19
Learn it! The Element of Color
Get ready for my favorite element of art .... (drum roll) ... COLOR! We'll learn all about the colors of the rainbow, they're color temperature, and how to use them. Can't wait for you to watch these videos!
Lesson 20
Practice it! The Element of Color
Let’s practice what you learned in Lesson 1! Have fun and don’t feel like you have to make your worksheet look exactly like mine. You’ll complete Lesson 1 and 2 within the same week to help the new info stay fresh.
 Week 11
Lesson 21
Discover it! Parts of a Flower
What would nature art be without FLOWERS? Flowers are not just beautiful, they also have a very important job! Learn all about the parts of a flower this week and how they help our world.
Lesson 22
Sketch it! Parts of a Flower
Get ready to sketch a lily! Take each part one step at a time. You’ll be surprised how amazing your lily turns out at the end!
 Week 12
Lesson 23
Journal it! Scavenger Hunt
Head outside with your worksheet and journal it! Use your detective’s eye to find 3 different colors of flowers. Then, sketch the flowers you see. Lastly, watch the video and gather items for the scavenger hunt!
Lesson 24
Make it! Color & Parts of a Flower
Let’s put it all together! We’re combining everything we’ve learned into 1 project. Can you find the element of color and identify the parts of a flower?
Unit 5The Element of Value & Photosynthesis
6 lessons3 Weeks
The Element of Value & Photosynthesis
 Week 13
Lesson 25
Learn it! The Element of Value
We're learning about a POWERFUL element of art and chemical reaction this unit!
Lesson 26
Practice it! The Element of Value
Let’s practice what you learned in Lesson 1! Have fun and don’t feel like you have to make your worksheet look exactly like mine. You’ll complete Lesson 1 and 2 within the same week to help the new info stay fresh.
 Week 14
Lesson 27
Discover it! Photosynthesis
This week, we're exploring a special chemical reaction that happens inside leaves. Can you guess what it is?
Lesson 28
Sketch it! Photosynthesis
Get ready to sketch parts of photosynthesis! Take each part one step at a time. Only color it in if the statement at the bottom is TRUE.
 Week 15
Lesson 29
Journal it! Scavenger Hunt
Head outside with your worksheet and journal it! Use your detective’s eye to search for green leaves in the process of photosynthesis. Then, sketch the plants you see. Lastly, watch the video and gather items for the scavenger hunt!
Lesson 30
Make it! Value & Photosynthesis
Let’s put it all together! We’re combining everything we’ve learned into 1 project. Can you find the element of value and describe photosynthesis?
Unit 6The Element of Space & Plant Life Cycle
6 lessons3 Weeks
The Element of Space & Plant Life Cycle
 Week 16
Lesson 31
Learn it! The Element of Space
We'll be learning all about PLANT LIFE CYCLES and SPACE in this unit. But no, not outer space ;) We’ll be discovering how to use space in art!
Lesson 32
Practice it! The Element of Space
Let’s practice what you learned in Lesson 1! Have fun and don’t feel like you have to make your worksheet look exactly like mine. You’ll complete Lesson 1 and 2 within the same week to help the new info stay fresh.
 Week 17
Lesson 33
Discover it! Plant Life Cycle
Have you studied life cycles before? Plant life cycles are CRUCIAL to the survival of our backyards, forests, and our world!
Lesson 34
Sketch it! Plant Life Cycle
Get ready to sketch a baby tree! Have fun filling in the color for the rest. Be creative and make it your own!
 Week 18
Lesson 35
Journal it! Scavenger Hunt
Head outside with your worksheet and journal it! Use your detective’s eye to find the different stages of a plant’s life cycle. Then, sketch the plants you see. Lastly, watch the video and gather items for the scavenger hunt!
Lesson 36
Make it! Space & Plant Life Cycle
We’re combining everything we’ve learned into 1 project. Can you find the element of space and identify the stages of a plant’s life cycle?
Unit 7The Element of Form & Seasons
6 lessons2 Weeks
The Element of Form & Seasons
 Week 19
Lesson 37
Learn it! The Element of Form
Last unit! Get ready to learn about...seasons! What season is it where you live?Oh, and the last project…let’s just say you’ll think it’s tree-mendous!
Lesson 38
Practice it! The Element of Form
Let’s practice what you learned in Lesson 1! Have fun and don’t feel like you have to make your worksheet look exactly like mine.
 Week 20
Lesson 39
Discover it! Seasons
Seasons are an important way to tell what time in the year it is, but they also provide cycles for plants to live and grow in. Also, the seasons you experience might be different for someone living in a different part of the world!
Lesson 40
Sketch it! Seasons
Get ready to sketch some objects from the 4 seasons! Take each part one step at a time. You’ll be surprised how amazing they turn out at the end!
Lesson 41
Journal it! Scavenger Hunt
Head outside with your worksheet and journal it! Use your detective’s eye to find evidence of the season you’re in. Then, sketch the items you see. Lastly, watch the video and gather items for the scavenger hunt!
Lesson 42
Make it! Form & Seasons
We’re combining everything we’ve learned into 1 project. Can you find the element of form and describe the seasons?
  • My goals for learners are... 1. to learn about plants from a kinesthetic, right-brained perspective. 2. to grow confidence in sketching through learning elements of art. 3. to have fun!
Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education
5 years of teaching elementary art and core subjects
I chose products that would be easy to access and are affordable. Please let me know if you can't access a product and I will help you adjust the project.
1. Pencil and eraser
2. Crayons
3. Markers
4. Washable paint
5. Paintbrush
6. Worksheets (printed)
7. Either a glue stick, sticky tack, OR tape
8. Items from nature (will be explained in a video)
9. 3-ring binder (optional)
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Parents will need to...
1. gather art supplies for learners.
2. set up a "safe" place to paint.
3. set up the virtual classroom by clicking the link in their email.
Youtube (private link)
Joined June, 2021
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Teacher expertise and credentials
Bachelor's Degree in Education
Hi! I’m Ms. Abbey.
I teach kids to love art through animals, travel, and step-by-step instruction.

I truly believe art class is for EVERYONE, not just the natural artist. The scientist, nature-lover, athlete, wanna-be vet, and gamer can all find... 
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