Students will work individually and as a group in the creation of a wall mural inspired by Dr. Suess.
By Martha Butcher [Martha teaches art at First Flight Elementary School in Kill Devil Hills, NC]
- The students will work individually and as a group in the creation of a wall mural.
- The students will use scissors appropriately to cut a variety of shapes from black paper without the help of the drawn line as a guide.
What You Need:
- The book, The Shape of Me and Other Stuff, by Dr. Seuss
- Teacher prepared mural paper (see below)
- Black construction paper or bulletin board paper
What You Do:
- Get large pieces of bulletin board paper for the mural for each class.
- Cut some large angular pieces in other colors and glue them to the main large sheet. (I usually use light blue, orange, light green, and white paper, and I kind of try to make the mural background look like some of the pages in the Dr. Seuss book.)
- Find a place on an empty table or a space on the floor where the mural paper can be and place 7 or 8 glue bottles around.
- Gather students together and introduce and read the book to them. In introducing the book, get them to guess what the main idea is about the book. Stress that everything has a shape. Question students about the book when finished reading.
- Have teacher scissors and black paper ready, and cut out shapes, both nameable and organic, and large and small. Tell the students that for this lesson they will not use a pencil to draw the shapes. They should just cut and see what they get – a boot, a cave, a house a sun, a person, a triangle, etc.
- Take one teacher made shape and the students to the area where the mural paper is, and glue your shape somewhere on the paper. Instruct the students to go to their seats where they will get black paper and scissors to cut shapes. Ask them to go to the mural paper to glue each shape as they cut it, otherwise there will be chaos at the end of the class. While you have the class’s attention, establish a top and bottom of the mural. (Some will go to the “top” to glue and put it on upside down.) Ask the students to leave the glue at the mural site for the others who come behind them.
- Monitor student work and give lots of praise for all of the great shapes they are making and how smart they are.
- Give some time after cleanup to look at the mural and to discuss.
- Ask the students for ideas for a good title of their mural.
Before hanging the mural, write the name of the class and the title of the mural in large enough letters so it can be seen. You may also want to credit Dr. Seuss for the inspiration.