Art Classes: Level I



This lesson is suitable for students in grades 2 through adult

Art Lesson Description:

We were visiting friends in Poland on a bitterly cold winter day, and they offered to show us a museum in a village not far from Krakow, where we were staying. The museum was a display of full-sized wooden homes, a church, and other buildings: a village dating back more than a century. When we arrived, the museum had unfortunately closed due to the cold weather, and the only place open on the site was a small rustic restaurant that - very fortunately - had decorated one wall with the angels that are the subject of this art lesson. We found their simple form charming, and thought they served as a good introduction to Polish history, not only, but also as a good introduction to chiaroscuro (using light and dark to create the illusion of shape).

The art lesson begins by showing examples of many Polish angels (the country seems very fond of angel images!) and using the images as a brief introduction to Polish history. After studying a variety of Polish angels, students will design their own angel with help from a guided drawing. They will be introduced to the fun of working with bleeding tissue paper and will learn to use analogous colors to color their project. The end result is a simple, striking image!

List of Supplies for Each Student:


Suggestions for Cross-Curricular Connections:


Polish culture, history, and geography



Approximate Time Needed to Complete the Art Class:

  • Drawing the angel: 15 minutes
  • Creating the background with bleeding tissue paper: 20 minutes
  • Painting and shading the angel: 20 minutes
  • Total time: 55 minutes

An original angel
An original angel
Drawing angels
Drawing angels
A finished picture
A finished picture

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