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Zentangle Triptych

Students will learn about geometric, organic shapes, repetition, patterns, line and expressive line to create a Zentangle triptych design. In lesson one students will explore geometric, organic shapes, repetition, patterns, line and expressive line by learning about Zentangles. After a short lecture, the student will begin to explore how to create repetition and patterns by creating Zentangles. Students will begin to practice and plan for their final piece.

In lesson two, students will begin to draw their final designs using organic shapes, repetition, patterns, line and expressive line after learning about Zentangles. Students will take a piece of drawing paper, construct a border and create their Zentangle Triptych design. After they will matte their work to be shown later.

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Sign Language Papier Mache’ Hands

What do you with seniors who have senioritis and have already checked out? You let them play with tins of watered down glue and paper. It’s simply amazing how a bunch of seniors instantly revert to elementary school kids as there hands get covered in a ooey gooey substance such as papier mache glue. This lesson was particularly fun because I added in the gesture vs. sign language aspect. I started with a Prezi explaining how sign language is different than gestures, then I had them all show me their first initial of their first name in sign language. After we started a group game broken into tables; students as a group had to come up with a simple sentence, no more than 5 words, decided who was going to do what and present it to the class for us to guess. Think sign-language charades. Below you will find the Unit Summary.

Unit Summary: Students will learn about the history of paper mache and how it first originated in the Chinese military. They will then learn about sign language-and how we communicate with our hands. Then they will move on to learning how to create a Papier Mache hand. Students will work in groups helping one another start the hands on each others before cutting them off with a scissors and fastening them to a cardboard platform-then finishing the papier mache and decorating as they would like with magazine clippings.

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