Unit Plan List

List of Units

Below is a list of arts and arts-integrated units that have already been taught in Kona's schools. As a teacher you can request to have these units taught or you can suggest another topic and work with the AOL Program Director and a teaching artist to make it happen. Click here to request a new project, or email the AOL Program Director at aol@skea.org.

Grade: All
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Convention Center Contest Posters

Students plan, design, draw, and paint posters in response to the contest theme, using designated media. For each grade level, particular elements of art and principles of design are emphasized. In addition, students learn how to make a “stand-out” piece of work to submit to a contest. Fine Arts 2007-2009 All Visual Arts
Grade: Pre-school
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Bug's Life: The Art of Science

In connection with a science study on bug life, the artist helps students make bug murals on large cardboard boxes. Students paint freely to make the background, then are guided in creating a variety of insects using a range of art materials and media. Finally, the insects and flowers are cut out and pasted onto the mural background. Science 2006-2007 Pre-school Visual Arts

Classical Music for Preschool

Students are introduced to famous themes from three pieces of classical music, the composers, and the stories associated with the music. They learn about the string family of instruments, and especially the violin, as the artist shows them the actual instrument and plays for them. The unit culminates in a live performance by a string trio, playing some of the themes the students have learned. Fine Arts 2006-2007 Pre-school Music

Learning Through Music

Students sang songs and used creative movement to reinforce learning of letters, numbers, colors, days of the week, and activities they do at school and at home. Language Arts 2005-2006 Pre-school Music

Making Felted Balls

Each student creates a wool roving ball that has been felted by hand using white wool roving, water, and soap. Students choose smaller pieces of colored wool to apply to the basic ball. The ball can be used for play, relaxation exercises, or hung on a string and used as a decoration. Fine Arts 2008-2009 Pre-school Visual Arts

Preschoolers Explore Art Media

Each lesson encourages the students to discover, invent, and express their visual ideas and feelings. Students will use drawing, painting, mixed media and clay. Each lesson will have a line drawing warm-up. Fine Arts 2006-2007 Pre-school Visual Arts

Print Making for Parents and Preschoolers

Preschool students and their parents are guided through 4 print-making sessions using objects and materials found around the homeor outdoors. The objective is to introduce projects that parents could repeat or extend at home.Parents and children made cards and bookmarks printed with household objects; bookcovers or wrapping paper decorated with leaf prints and rubbings; and printed designs with fabric paints on T-shirts. Creative Curriculum 2005-2006 Pre-school Visual Arts

What Can We Do With Clay?

Students exercise gross and fine motor skills as they manipulate clay and press designs into it. They learn some vocabulary related to clay and the tools and processes they are using.Clay forms are used to reinforce learning about marine animals, numbers, and letters. Language Arts 2005-2006 Pre-school Visual Arts

Zoo Animals Mural

Students create two large murals of zoo animals in their environments. Science discussions include what the animals looks like, how they are alike and different in shapes and colors, and what their natural environments look like. In art, students learn about textures as they do rubbings and printing, and they experiment with color and shape through painting and printing. Science 2007-2008 Pre-school Visual Arts
Grade: K
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Characters in The Little Red Hen

Students learn how to differentiate characters in a familiar story through movment and voice, becoming the Cat, the Dog, the Duck, and the Little Red Hen in group activities. Students also make a paper plate stick puppet of the Little Red Hen and introduce the puppet to the class, using a voice for the puppet character they have created. Language Arts 2005-2006 K Drama

Classical Music for Kindergarten

Students hear famous themes from three pieces of classical music, the composers, and the stories associated with the music. They learn about the string family of instruments, and especially the violin, as the artist shows them the actual instrument and plays for them. The unit culminates in a live performance by a string trio, playing some of the themes the students have learned. Fine Arts 2006-2007 K Music

I Can Make Music

Young students learn to use their voices, bodies, and simple rhythm instruments to make music. Fine Arts 2008-2009 K Music

Insects in the Books of Eric Carle

These lessons extend a unit combining an author study of the books of Eric Carle with the FOSS Science unit on Insects. Students observe various insects in Carle’s books and discuss the similarities and differences of the insects and their habitats, as well as the life-cycle of a butterfly. The insect-related books used are starred, but other options include: • The Very Hungry Caterpillar* • The Grouchy Ladybug* • The Very Quiet Cricket • The Very Lonely Firefly • The Very Clumsy Click Beetle. With the artist, students create three different insect puppets, using a variety of materials and techniques. They move the puppets in the way those insects move and have simple “conversations” between the puppets. Clay forms are used to reinforce learning about marine animals, numbers, and letters. Science 2005-2006 K Drama

Making Gifts of Clay, Kindergarten

Children make three things which could be given as holiday gifts, while learning basic techniques for working with clay. Fine Arts 2007-2008 K Visual Arts

Marine Study in Art

In connection with their study of marine life, students will individually paint turtles, dolphins, and fish which will then become part of a collaborative mural. Science 2006-2007 K Visual Arts
Grade: 1
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Adventures in Music and Drama

Students engage in music-making and drama activities, developing a repertoire of stories and games that can be repeated throughout the year. Fine Arts 2009-2010 1 Music

American Inventors

Pairs of students present the name of their inventor and the invention in a short program for the classes in the school, families, and staff. Students devise props to represent or show the invention involved as part of their presentation. The teaching artist uses drama games to help students prepare to give their presentations. The focus is on speaking loudly, clearly and confidently, and making eye contact with the audience. Listening skills are also addressed for being part of the audience. Social Studies 2007-2008 1 Drama

Butterflies and Turkeys

Students will follow the artist’s drawing and painting steps to create two images—a butterfly and a turkey. The most important part is to draw and paint large using the entire space of the paper. Each image will reinforce understanding of symmetry. Math 2010-2011 1 Visual Arts

Characterization in The Little Red Hen

Students learn how to create a voice for a character and how to perform a dialog. Students also make a paper plate stick puppet of the Little Red Hen and introduce the puppet to the class, using a voice for the puppet character they have created. Language Arts 2005-2006 1 Drama

Classical Music Introduction

Students hear famous themes from three pieces of classical music, the composers, and the stories associated with the music. They learn about the string family of instruments, and especially the violin, as the artist shows them the actual instrument and plays for them. The unit culminates in a live performance by a string trio, playing some of the themes the students have learned. Fine Arts 2006-2007 1 Music

Exploring Liquids & Solids with Paints

Students use three different kind of paints to create original art works. They explore paint as both liquid and solid (powder paint), and introducing solids into the paint (salt, sand, and straw). Students also get an introduction to the mixing of primary colors to make secondary colors.This unit was originally taught as an extension of the FOSS science unit on Liquids and Solids. Science 2005-2006 1 Visual Arts

Fun with Clay

Students will explore the idea of three-dimensional artwork and learn how to work with clay. They will make three small projects, let them dry, and paint them. Fine Arts 2006-2007 1 Visual Arts

Gingerbread Man Meets the Musubi Man

Students compare versions of a folk tale from two different cultures, performing one version as a Reader’s Theatre play. They explore the cultural elements in stories, learning that our cultural practices here in Hawaii are both similar and different from those in other places. In drama, students learn basic drama terminology and build a repertoire of basic drama activities that provide a foundation for later drama experience. In visual art, students create two- and three-dimensional artwork to use for the Readers’ Theatre set. In Language Arts, they learn to use oral expression, identify characters and setting, and how to write a letter. Social Studies 2005-2006 1 Drama

Making Gifts of Clay, Gr 1

Children make three things which could be given as holiday gifts, while learning basic techniques for working with clay. Fine Arts 2007-2008 1 Visual Arts

Metamorphosis Through Art

Each lesson will either compare differences or examine changes in nature from the beginning to the mature stages. Students get experience with several visual arts media as they learn to be close observers of nature and record their observations through drawing, painting, or making puppets. Lessons alternate between using art to record scientific observation and responding to nature creatively through the visual arts. Science 2006-2007 1 Visual Arts

Music & Dance in Different Cultures

Students learn simple dances used to celebrate holidays or historical events in different cultures. Some dances include playing rhythm instruments. Fine Arts 2005-2006 1 Music

Puppet Theater

Each student is assigned a character from a familiar story, makes a puppet of that character, and participates in a puppet performance of the story. Students gain understanding of the characters in the story, learn to bring characterization into their voices, and project their voices. In addition to having fun, they can take pride in their performance. Language Arts 2009-2010 1 Drama

Quilt Batik

In conjunction with a study of marine animals and plants, students make a Sea Life Quilt with a block designed by each student. Students begin by drawing an animal they have studied, and then use the batik process to complete the work. The class discusses how to order the finished blocks to make the quilt, which is then displayed at the school. Science 2008-2009 1 Visual Arts
Grade: 2
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Community Made from Clay

With each lesson students create another element that makes up a small community, using clay. Social Studies 2007-2008 2 Visual Arts

Dramatizing a Story

Students explore character, setting, and plot by “becoming” animate and inanimate objects and story characters. Language Arts 2007-2008 2 Drama

Exploring Musical Instruments

Students learn about the voice and body as a complex musical/language instrument. They explore rhythm patterns, pitch and melody, and how these connect with various moods, emotions and ideas. Students gain an understanding of how music and musical instruments have evolved. They are introduced to various instruments and instrument families, and use instruments in a performance that concludes their three-week introduction to music. Fine Arts 2007-2008 2 Music

Exploring Three Food Chains Thru Art

In conjunction with learning about food chains in three different habitats, students create a drawing, a painting, and cards for a game. Science 2008-2009 2 Visual Arts

Fun with Numbers, Lines, and Shapes

Students create works of art using numbers and geometric shapes. Students are introduced to warm and cool colors, positive and negative space. They apply symmetry in creating a mask. Math 2010-2011 2 Visual Arts

Making a Poetry Quilt

Before the artist comes in, the teacher will guide students in thinking about how to use language to express mood. Students will write original poems about a color and choose one to contribute to a class poetry quilt. Their poems are copied onto transparencies, which are then laminated onto painted backgrounds. These squares are then sewn together to create a poetry quilt. With the artist, students will create a watercolor background for their original poems, using what they learn about color mixing and warm and cool colors to match the mood of their poems. Language Arts 2006-2007 2 Visual Arts

Mood in Poetry and Art

Students are introduced to free-verse poetry and selected art reproductions, showing how feelings and moods are expressed in both art and poetry. Students complete three abstract-type paintings focusing on mood expressed through color, and write a “feelings” poem. Language Arts 2008-2009 2 Visual Arts

The Language of Vision

With each lesson students examine elements and principles of art such as line, shape, form, space, light, color, and texture with a variety of visual arts media. In addition students demonstrate expressive qualities of mood and emotions. They will create a self-portrait, land/seascape, mixed media work, and sculpture. Each lesson is started with a 3 minute line-drawing warm-up. Fine Arts 2006-2007 2 Visual Arts

Two Ways to Make a Pot

Students learn coil and slab techniques for shaping clay. They make, glaze, and kiln fire two pieces. Fine Arts 2009-2010 2 Visual Arts
Grade: 3
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Animal Survival

Students learn that plants and animals all have structures that help them survive. In acting out scenes involving animals, students also learn that a dramatic scene has characters, setting, dialog/action, and plot. Science 2005-2006 3 Drama

Art and Geometry

Students learn to apply understanding of triangles and symmetry in math to various projects in visual arts, thereby strengthening their understanding of the math concepts. Math 2008-2009 3 Visual Arts

Art of Pablo Picasso

In conjunction with a Social Studies unit on Spain, the artist introduces the work of Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. Picasso drew from many aspects of Spanish culture in creating his work, but always with an original stamp. In each lesson students examine elements and principles of art such as line, shape, form, space, light, color and texture with a variety of visual arts media. In addition, students demonstrate expressive qualities of mood and emotions. They will create a face, a mask, still life, and two clay pieces. Each lesson is started with a 3 minute line-drawing warm-up. Social Studies 2006-2007 3 Visual Arts

Art with Geometric Figures

Students learn to apply understanding of geometric figures to various projects in visual arts. Math 2008-2009 3 Visual Arts

Classical Music Themes

Students are introduced to famous themes from classical music, the composers, and the stories associated with the music. They learn about the string family of instruments, and especially the violin, as the artist shows them the actual instrument and plays for them. Musical terms are introduced in connection with the various pieces of music. The unit culminates in a live performance by a string trio, playing some of the themes the students have learned. Fine Arts 2006-2007 3 Music

Collage: Mixed Media

Students interpret a descriptive passage of a story by assembling different forms and images to create an artistic collage. Language Arts 2010-2011 3 Visual Arts

Color My World

By making individual globes, students learn that we live on a sphere with 7 continents and where they are located on the earth. By doing research on the continents and then designing an icon to represent each one, they learn some of the physical and human characteristics that make regions unique.In the process of making their globes, students learn to use visual arts vocabulary related to the elements and design principles. Social Studies 2005-2006 3 Visual Arts

Exploring Music and Rhythm

Students experience music and rhythm, and learn to play a basic "C" scale and two songs on a xylophone. Students learn that their voice and body is a complex musical instrument. They will explore rhythm patterns using rhythm sticks, and learn to read basic musical notation. Students also gain insight into how music and musical instruments have evolved. Fine Arts 2009-2010 3 Music

Honeycreeper & Lobelia: Symbiotic Relationship

In science, students study the relationship between two species endemic to Hawaii, the Hawaiian Honeycreeper and Hawaiian Lobelia, and how they co-evolved, depending on one another for survival. In art sessions, students closely observe the physical form of the Honeycreeper and the Lobelia and learn to draw them. Then students complete a picture of a Hawaiian Honeycreeper and Lobelia. Science 2010-2011 3 Visual Arts

How Plants Depend on Animals

Students will learn that animals help plants survive by contributing to seed dispersal, pollination, and photosynthesis. This unit introduces basic drama elements and protocols as students create machines and add-on sculptures, and use pantomime to embody the science concepts being taught. Science 2005-2006 3 Drama

Introduction to Landscape

Students are guided in creating a landscape, learning techniques for representing distance. Fine Arts 2008-2009 3 Visual Arts

Kamishibai: Japanese Storytelling

Students explore the questions, What is a culture? and How is a culture reflected in storytelling and art? They learn about the Japanese tradition of storytelling called kamishibai. Then they prepare for a kamishibai performance for another class by drawing a story scene, writing text summarizing the scene, learning to use their voices expressively in telling a story and how to speak in front of an audience. Social Studies 2005-2006 3 Drama

Kapa & Printing

Students create a design for their kihei. They learn to interpret Hawaiian designs and hear the legends associated with kapa-making and printing. Science 2007-2008 3 Hawaiian Cultural Arts

Make an Ocean Book

In conjunction with an ocean reef study, each student creates a book with actual ocean creatures as characters. They learn how to storyboard, write character dialog, and draw illustrations. Each book is 6 or 8 pages, including front and back cover. Language Arts 2010-2011 3 Visual Arts

My Magnificent Castle

Students strengthen their understanding of 3-dimensional shapes such as the cone, cube, and cylinder through drawing those figures. Students then use this understanding to design and draw their own Magnificent Castle, incorporating at least three, 3-dimensional shapes. Math 2010-2011 3 Visual Arts

Performance of Los Machetes

Four classes of 3rd graders learned a traditional Mexican dance called Los Machetes. Then they collaboratively developed four original variations. The dance with the variations was performed as part of the school's May Day celebration for parents and friends. Social Studies 2007-2008 3 Dance

Picture Postcards--Felted Scenes

Students create a wool felting picture postcard using colored wool and a felting needle. Looking at art reproductions introduces the idea of creating a landscape with a foreground, middle ground, and background. Fine Arts 2008-2009 3 Visual Arts
Grade: 4
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Exploring the Visual Arts

Students have a chance to be exposed to a variety of visual art themes, media, techniques, and tools. Connections can be made by the classroom teacher with geometry, writing, and cultural anthropology. Each lesson includes a vocabulary list. Math 2005-2006 4 Visual Arts

Hawaii's Endangered Species

Students will select a Hawaiian animal that is endangered and gather information about its environmental requirements. Then they will create a picture showing the animal and one of its key environmental elements. Science 2006-2007 4 Visual Arts

Jazz Boot Camp

Students will understand what jazz is, what jazz improvisation is, and how to sing jazz improvisation. The students will be learning how to create their own style of scat; how to create music; how to figure out music lines and improvise on those lines. They will come to understand music as a form of communication. In the process, they will conquer shyness, learn to release their own voices, and become confident with intention while singing or speaking. Fine Arts 2008-2009 4 Music

Making Kapa Cloth

Students follow the steps for making kapa cloth, as the ancient Hawaiians did. They begin by stripping wauke, letting the bark ferment, then pounding it, and finally, printing on it.Students also get an introduction to the mixing of primary colors to make secondary colors.This unit was originally taught as an extension of the FOSS science unit on Liquids and Solids. Social Studies 2005-2006 4 Hawaiian Cultural Arts

Music & Dance in Different Cultures

Each of 4 classes learns and performs a folk dance from a different culture (Ireland, Mexico, South Africa, or Israel). All dances are performed at parents' day. Dances are co-operative group dances which are very popular in the cultures from which they come. Students also learn other basic rhythms, steps and melodies from the cultures. By participating in these lessons, student see how a dance performance is arranged and staged. Social Studies 2009-2010 4 Dance

Our Changing Earth

Students will engage in two visual arts projects to deepen their understanding that the earth’s crust is made up of layers and that there are both slow processes (such as weathering and erosion) and fast processes (such as volcanic eruptions and tsunamis) that reshape the surface of the earth. In connection with their artwork, they will consider the idea that nature is not “art,” but our perception and arrangement of natural objects can be art. Science 2006-2007 4 Visual Arts

Readers Theater: Dramatized Learning

In connection with a project to understand and reduce bullying on campus, students work with the artist to create a readers theater script that includes gestures and sound effects. Then they rehearse and perform for other students at the school. Social Studies 2010-2011 4 Drama
Grade: 5
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Art & Geometry - Words & Pictures

Students draw a still life portraying three different 3-dimensional forms, create a 3-dimensional shape and decorate it with various geometric shapes, and read a book and interpret a segment of the story in a painting. Math 2010-2011 5 Visual Arts

Arts of Colonial America

Students engage in hands-on exploration of the arts and crafts of early Colonial America. Social Studies 2009-2010 5 Visual Arts

Drawing by Seeing

Students learn to do contour, gesture, and 3-dimensional drawings using pencils and charcoal. In the last session, they use all the techniques practiced in previous lessons to create a detailed profile portrait of a classmate in charcoal. Fine Arts 2008-2009 5 Visual Arts

Native American Skin Stories

Students studying Native American lifestyles in early America and Native American myths and legends will write a legend that reflects a Native American culture. They will then create a “skin” and write the story on the “skin” using pictographs. Social Studies 2006-2007 5 Visual Arts

One Point Perspective

Students create a colored-pencil drawing of a room at home using one point perspective. Fine Arts 2008-2009 5 Visual Arts

Peace Path Mural

Students worked with the artist to design a mural in two sections that would be permanently installed in a major outdoor walkway in the school. The idea was to make this busy space peaceful, to encourage quiet voices and walking rather than running. The mural shows portraits of the student artists, expressing a peacefulness in expression and (for some) hand gestures. Fine Arts 2010-2011 5 Visual Arts

Performing a Swedish Winter Song

Students participated in a performance of a Swedish song by doing one of the following: Singing in Swedish, playing rhythmic accompaniment, playing melodic accompaniment, or doing the traditional Swedish dance for the song. Working with the artist for 5 sessions, students learned the song, learned their parts, practiced working together as an ensemble, and performed at the school’s winter concert for parents and friends. Fine Arts 2005-2006 5 Music

The Art of Ethnobotany

This unit is an exploration of the native uses and traditional propagation techniques of Hawaiian plants. Students learn that through many generations, people survived without any stores because they grew what they needed for food, clothes, and tools. This unit focuses on art objects made with plants, such as ipu pawehe (gourd carving and decorating). The students plant seeds for future projects at the school and make plant journals which illustrate the legends related to the plants and useful information about certain Hawaiian and non-Hawaiian food plants. Through this project, they learn that gardening is an art, and out of gardening many arts are derived. The long-term goal of this project is to create a living lab of natural plants for future projects in Art, Science, Social Studies, and Literacy. Language Arts 2008-2009 5 Hawaiian Cultural Arts
Grade: Middle School
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Exploratory Pottery Projects

Students did several progressively more difficult pottery projects learning pinch, coil, and slab construction, as well as glazing techniques. All the pots were fired and students discussed the effects of various techniques on the finished product. Fine Arts 2006-2007 Middle School Visual Arts

Hawaiian Printmaking

Students learn about traditional Hawaiian printmaking techniques and then apply these in printing their own contemporary designs. In the final session, the class creates a collective work that incorporates the individual designs of each student from previous sessions. Fine Arts 2006-2007 Middle School Hawaiian Cultural Arts

Native Hawaiian Plants

Students took an inventory of the native Hawaiian plants on their campus, learned the traditional and contemporary uses, legends associated with particular plants, and the significance of the plants in the Hawaiian environment. They also researched, planted, and cared for native Hawaiian plants that were not already present. They labeled the plants on campus with their Hawaiian and scientific names. Science 2006-2007 Middle School Hawaiian Cultural Arts

Sumi-e Illustrations of Haiku

Students will be introduced to a Japanese brush painting technique called Sumi-e. They will illustrate an original haiku poem written in their Japanese language class. World Languages 2006-2007 Middle School Visual Arts

Three Cultures: Three Folktales

Each 6th grade class on the team selects a folk tale from a continent included in their World Cultures study. Then students create a script, design costumes, scenery, and props, and perform the play for students and parents. In visual arts, students discuss how the “look” of the production will reflect the culture from which the tale comes. Then they work with the artist to design costumes, scenery, and props. In drama/Language Arts (oral communication), students learn how voice and actions convey character. In Language Arts (writing), students learn to write a script. In Social Studies, students discuss how folktales reflect and express culture. They look at what the tales reveal about families and communities in ancient society. They compare and contrast the values embedded in the tales with the values of our society today. Social Studies 2006-2007 Middle School Visual Arts
Grade: High School
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Body Conditioning

Students learn a dance warm up routine designed to develop core muscles. Then they learn line dances that increase in beats per minute & in complexity for building agility of foot movements in all sports, and coordination in general. Physical Education 2010-2011 High School Dance

Filming a Musical

1) Assemble Production Team (Directors Vision & Schedule) 2) Review & Edit Script 3) Cast Read through 4) Rehearsal & Filming • Look At Me I’m Sandra Dee • Summer Loving (Girls & Boys) • Greased Lightning 5) Editing Process 6) Opening Reception Fine Arts 2008-2009 High School Drama

Issues Posters

Students identify current issues and create a persuasive poster to share with students, and possibly also with legislators or county council members. Social Studies 2007-2008 High School Visual Arts

Partner Dance Project

Social dance is taught to the high school students as a medium of self-expression and collaboration. They in turn teach basic coordination and movement skills to younger grade students, using dance and performance as a vehicle to transfer knowledge of health and social issues. Physical Education 2008-2009 High School Dance

Romare Bearden's Art of the 60's

During the 1960’s there were profound movements in civil rights and other social issues. Romare Bearden is an artist whose work reflected this as he depicted his community and its surroundings in his world-famous collages. In these lessons, students will discuss Bearden’s work and then create a collage of their own, reflecting the community in which they live. Social Studies 2006-2007 High School Visual Arts

Walk Like a Dancer

Students will perform walking, using motion, style, muscles, timing, and posture that reflect self-esteem and convey self-confidence and self-respect. Students will learn a dance drill designed to support Skippy Blair’s “Walk Like a Dancer” instruction. http://www.swingworld.com/articles/Walk Like a Dancer.html Physical Education 2010-2011 High School Dance

WWII Poster Art

During WWII a great deal of poster art was produced, often with a purpose of persuading the viewer about a social issue. After looking at a sampling of 1940’s poster art, students will create a poster focusing on a current issue of importance to them. Elements of poster design as well as techniques for using acrylic paint will be taught. Social Studies 2006-2007 High School Visual Arts