Teachers' Section - Art

Food Plate with a SPLASH

Content Area: Art (Color Blending)

Fitness Component: Wellness Knowledge

Students will be divided into five groups and asked to draw five different foods for each group (Bread, Fruit, Vegetables, Dairy, and Meat). Drawings will be presented to the class and, as a whole, the class will decide which food will be the class “mascot” for each group (e.g. bagel, apple, corn, milk, beef).  Volunteers will draw representing food in the proper spot on a previously drawn Food Plate. Groups will work on mixing colors to paint the fruit.

Juggling Seed

Content Area: Art (Creativity)

Fitness Component: Physical Activity

Students will design bags filled with birdseed and learn the beginning stages of juggling. Teachers can do a quick search of the Internet on how to “make a juggling bean bag” for patterns. Students can select a pattern of their choice, cut the fabric and decorate it with markers. Each student will make three juggling bags. Parents can be solicited for assistance in sewing the fabric together with the exception of the final seam. Students can fill their juggling bags with bird seed and hand sew the final seam. Once the bags are complete, students can begin learning the basics of juggling. If the teacher does not know how to juggle, a quick Internet search can provide plenty of instruction and videos.

Bright Breakfast!

Content Area: Art (Color) / Language Arts

Fitness Component: Wellness Knowledge

Explain that a good healthy breakfast is the best way to start the day. Challenge the students to eat a bright breakfast the following morning (of the next art day) and write it down as they will be drawing on a paper plate what they ate. The brighter the plate the better because the brighter the food the better!

Model My Movement

Content Area: Art (Claymation) (Or Aluminum Foil)

Fitness Component: Wellness Knowledge / Physical Activity

Students will use prior clay modeling knowledge to form a figurine model posed performing each student’s favorite physical activity or playing a favorite sport. Place the figures around the room. Students will move to each figure and try to imitate it.

Clip em' and Stick em'

Content Area: Art (Clipping and Arrangement)

Fitness Component: Wellness Knowledge

Each student will cut ten different foods out of a magazine and place the clippings on a table in the back of the room. Groups of students will relay to the back of the room and place the food in the proper place on as many “My plates” as possible in the front of the room.

Got Birdhouse?

Content Area: Art  (Recycle and Build) / Nutrition

Fitness Component: Wellness Knowledge

Students are taught the importance of recycling while they build a birdhouse made from recycled household materials. Milk cartons should be used as the base of the house. The importance of drinking low fat milk can also be reinforced.

An Apple for the Teacher

Content Area: Art (Painting)

Fitness Component: Wellness Knowledge

Students will be instructed on the importance of eating fruit EVERY day. They will then spread newspaper over the work area and paint their palm with washable red paint. Then they will pour a small amount of washable green paint into a flat container. Then they will dip the pad of their thumb in green paint and press above the apple print to make a leaf and stem.

Coffee Can CABOOM

Content Area: Art (Creativity) / Math

Fitness Component: Physical Activity

Students will use recycled material (coffee can or oatmeal container) to build and decorate a drum. Then the class will work on different beats, patterns, and ways to utilize their new invention.

Fruit and Veggie Faces

Content Area: Art (Painting and Drawing) / Language Arts

Fitness Component: Wellness Knowledge

Review the importance of eating fruits and vegetables. Tell students that they will be drawing portraits, only instead of drawing eyes, lips and noses, they will be drawing vegetables and fruits as the features on the faces. Encourage students to study images of fruits and vegetables, or if possible, bring real fruits and vegetables to class and have students study those. Take about shape and color.  Students will choose what fruits and vegetables to use in their drawings. Students begin to compose their portraits, first with an outline of the head (using pencil). Students then add features to the face by drawing fruits and vegetables in place of eyes, nose, mouth, ears and even hair. Pencil crayons, markers, crayons, pastels or paint can be used to complete the portraits. When complete, the drawings should be displayed in front of the class for everybody to admire.

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The Plate of Many Colors - "Choose My Plate"

Content Area: Art – Drawing

Fitness Component: Wellness Knowledge

Students, using a white sheet of paper as a pallet and crayons as their marker, draw recommended food groups on the paper as though it is a placemat. It should have four colored sections representing fruits, vegetables, grains and proteins. Next to the plate is a smaller circle representing dairy products. Information can be found at

Modifications: Teachers can use paper plates and cups to have students draw, color and cut out different foods and place them on the plate to represent the proper daily nutritional intake.

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