Lesson 2 Day 3: Painted Stories September 30,2016

Today in class we will continue with our work in details. We will be painting a story, but first we will read a book about storytelling and how to make a story. The story “Rocket writes a story,” is about a dog that discovers words or details and decides to write a story img_1687using his words. We will apply this idea to painting a story without words. We have been looking at different works of art and posters to discover and understand what details are and what their purpose is in a work of art. Through exploration with different ways of looking/seeing, mixing colors and finding/drawing specific details we have found all the elements necessary to paint a story.


Observation, Symbol, Storytelling, Composition

Enduring Understandings:

Art can tell stories about culture and other things to create a connection.

Visual arts give the chance to respond to personal art and the art of others.

Learning Targets:

In this lesson students will be expected to learn how to create a painting that will tell a story based off of objects that they observed last week. We learned about mixing colors last week. This week, students will be applying these techniques and understandings they gathered into their painting.

Key Concepts:

Observation, Symbol, Storytelling, Composition


Students will be able to point out details; the smaller parts that make up the big part. After acknowledging these details, we will combine them to create a story. As one student said when reviewing details, “details are the little things that make up the big thing.” Students will able to convey a story through image, specifically with expression of shape, line, color, and symbol.

Art Focus:

Appropriate painting techniques – mixing colors, keeping paint on the page

Planning for what will be made

Literary Focus:

We will be doing a group share of what we made and discovered. Students will be discussing why the made what they did and how they conveyed meaning in their project.




Here, a student is portraying the tornado he saw in a poster from last week. This was one of the main objects that stood out to him. He decided to begin with a yellow outline because he said that he saw a bit of yellow in it, “but mostly brown.” We can see the understanding of detail with the colors and shape he chose.


In this video, a student is explaining what it being painted. She wanted to make a story about an imaginary world. She had a bit of trouble using what she observed from last week to create a story. But the teachers let her know that it’s okay if she doesn’t find inspiration in those things. A story can be told from anything. She chose what she likes and gathered information from what’s around her to create her story painting.



Here we see a student filling out her tree worksheet to help students understand further what they observed. She picked out several distinguishing factors such as the moss and a hummingbird. She also felt that one of the scenes she drew was “quiet,” and wrote that in one of her branches. This a great example of students distinguishing details from images that are apart from the obvious.




In this video, the student is explaining the story that he was conveying through his painting. Within his observations from last week there were mountains that he recorded, and this interest carried over to this week. However, he built off of that observation and went further to connect the mountains to something he experienced.