One of my favorite new lessons this past school year was inspired by a longhorn skull we purchased at Trading Days in McKinney Texas. I used a print by Georgia O'Keeffe and my favorite book about her, My Name is Georgia.
The students did a direct drawing of the longhorn skull using contour lines and value. The second part of the lesson involved weaving painted papers together for a rug effect. I loved the final lesson as did the 4th grade students!