This is one of those old but good lessons that we just revisited in 4th grade. My teacher friend, Melody, shared this with me when I was a new teacher in my district 15 years ago and new to Texas.
The ties to the IC curriculum are really great in this lesson.
I start out with the story of the The Caves of Lascaux's
I have many prints from this collection and we focused on the horned cow.
We then talk about how these animals came to Texas....
I follow this with some research on the Texas Longhorn symbol and we do a guided contour drawing of a longhorn together with various options.
We use pencil and follow up with China Markers for the Rock Art look....
On day two we talk about VALUE.
We do a quick value scale and practice in our sketchbooks.
I then give the student's a choice of materials to finish
1. China Markers
2. Ebony Pencils
4. Oil Pastels
The objective is to finish their Rock art with three levels of Value and to add a personal Brand.
These are just a few, but many other's finished successfully in three art class periods. This lesson could be adapted to many state standards with regards to state symbols.
Welcome to Texas!