Nellie Mae Rowe, Stormey Weather [sic] 1980, oil on canvas, 22 in. x 24 in. Art in Action, Menlo Park, CA, USA
In this lesson, students will:
- Analyze Nellie Mae Rowe’s painting Stormey Weather and learn about her Folk Art style
- Identify organic and geometric shapes, patterns, and curving lines
- Find contrasting warm and cool colors
- Sketch bugs and small animals and draw patterns in and around writings of their names
- Use oil pastels to create compositions with lively moods
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A document of summary pages on the lesson’s Key Concepts, Vocabulary, Discussion Questions, Artist Points, and Project Directions.
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Lesson 4 Nellie Mae Rowe: Stormy Weather
Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
Identify real-life connections between words and their use (e.g., describe foods that are spicy or juicy)
English language Arts/ Speaking and Listening
Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation and other information known about the topic to explore ideas under discussion.
Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions and carry out assigned roles.
Pose and respond to specific questions to clarify or follow up on information, and make comments that contribute to the discussion and link to the remarks of others.
Review the key ideas expressed and explain their own ideas and understanding in light of the discussion.
Reason with shapes and their attributes.
Recognize and draw shapes having specified attributes, such as a given number of angles or a given number of equal faces.1 Identify triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons, and cubes.
- Find the animals hidden in the pictures.
- Look for warm and cool colors used expressively in each picture.
- Find jagged and curving lines.
- Compare ideas expressed through your own artwork with the ideas expressed in the works of others.
- Use the vocabulary of art to talk about color, line, shape, and texture in describing something successful about your work.
- What is the favorite part of your artwork and what would you change if you could change something?
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