Lesson Plan

Contests as Lessons: Young Illustrators Contest

Using illustration and Contests to promote art skill acquisition and storytelling through illustrations.
Jessica M.
Classroom teacher
Hite Saunders Elementary School
Huntington, United States
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects Arts

Students will be able to... Students will be able to look at and analyze illustrations from grade level books and determine their value as they relate to the words on each page. Students will be able to identify different types of commercial art and its uses. Students will be able to create an effective, alternate illustration for the book of their choosing. Students will be able to create an illustration that works alongside text within a story to help inrich the storyline through illustration.

English Language Arts
Grades K – 5
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook/Attention Getter

Activity: Reading

Read the book The Day the Crayons Quit to the class. Have students participate in an active discussion of how effective and relateable the illustrations in this book are.

Student Instructions

Please listen as I read you this story. Pay close attention to the illustrations and how they relate back to each page's text. Do the illustrations make sense to you? Could there be others ways to effectively show the same scene within this book?

2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Exploring

Students will listen to a brief description of commercial art. Also, a brief description will be given for the Young Illustrators Contest. Students will be exploring the differences between Fine Art/Personal Art and Commercial Art. Commercial Art is artwork that was made to be sold. It provides a stable living for the artist who chooses to work on artwork that pleases his/her clientele. Commercial Art can include but is not limited to book illustrations, media design, graphic design, book making, printing, advertising, graphic design, branding, logos, and contest art. Typically, in the elementary school setting, we will be participating in commercial art only when it applies to contests. Contests provide rules and structure through stipulations. Stipulations are the guidelines we follow that tell us what we can and cannot do within our artwork in order to have the best chances of winning. Both Fine Art and Commercial Art can provide a living wage for artists within the market. Wages are earnings or monetary gains made from selling or contracting artwork. Fine Art is a less stable way to make money as an artist, because it requires lots of sacrifice. Often, Fine Artists must move from large city to large city, holding art shows and selling work to local consumers. After they have lived in an area for over four years the market for their work becomes less stable. Fine Artists, such as Monet, Degas, and Renoir, are well known within the art market today, but when these artists were creating their original works, many of the great artists did not make the type of money that their artwork has brought on today’s market. The Young Illustrators Contest is a wonderful contest hosted by the Cabell County Reading Council. Artwork created for the purpose of entering this contest would be considered commercial art, because you must follow the guidelines set forth by the council in order to be considered for the winning prizes held by the council. The basic stipulations that are mandated by the CCRC are: All artwork must be on 12 x 18 art paper All artwork must be based on a book that the artist has read All artwork must be completed using only markers or crayons All artwork must bright and bold All artwork must complete with book title All artwork must be turned in no later than the specified deadline to the CCRC

Student Instructions

Students will be handed a plain piece of white art paper that measures 12 x 18. This paper will serve as the Mock-Up of their design to turn into the CCRC. Then students will use their Mock-Up as a guide to create their final design for the Young Illustrators Contest. The title of the book they choose must be on the top of their page 1 ½” from the top. Artwork must be original and completed in markers or crayons. All materials will be located on the art cart and will be available for use throughout the project.

3 Creating your own illustration

Activity: Drawing

Have students begin to sketch and design their original illustration for a familiar book.

Student Instructions

Begin drawing an illustration for a book that you have already read. Make sure that the illustration reflects an interesting section of the story.

4 Lesson continuation

Activity: Drawing

Over the next few sessions please have students continue to work on their submission. Make sure that they feel as if they can seek advice and assistance on their artwork. Also, show useful techniques for manipulating the types of materials that are available to all the students for use.

Student Instructions

Use your time wisely over the next few classes. You will continue to work on your illustration, seek out my advice and help, and seek out the input of others in  order to ensure that your artwork in effective.

5 Lesson extension

For advanced students who may finish early, have them use the famous paintings app to review famous pieces of art that inspire them. Have the creat a painting that either mimics the original or could compliment the original. Use similar materials and styles. You may need to introduce new styles of art that students find interesting but have not actually researched for themselves.

Student Instructions

Use the famous paintings app to find a painting that inspires you. Rework this painting into an original of your own or create a painting that complements this painting. Feel free to research the style, painter, and time period the painting was created in.