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What Artist Do You Think You Are?

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Keywords: Video Diary
Subject(s): Reading, Writing, Technology, Video, Art
Grades 3 through 5
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Brookside Elementary School, Norwalk, CT
Planned By: Melania Smith
Original Author: Melania Smith, Norwalk
Objective:To learn about a famous artist's by researching them and creating a video diary about the artist.

Discussion: The video should include an interview, commercial or a short skit about the artist with props and dialogue created by groups of students:


1. Short skit or dialogue of the artist including a description of his/her art style.

2. Timeline or time period of important events during the artist’s life.

3. Picture of the artist (can be a self portrait) or at least one “example” of artist's works in video.

4. Make sure every member of the group is involved with the making of the video about their artist.

Students will have a better understanding of their artist; style of art, historically what was happening (timeperiod) and the impact the artist made on the world by the end of this lesson .They can share with other in different grade levels.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
Language Arts, Reading & Writing, and Technology
Make a video(DVD) to share with other grade levels in the building.
Materials: Memory Cards, Batteries, Tripods, Flash/USB Drives, Flip Video, Integrating Technology
Other Items: 2 DvD for recording, $24.00 each, total of $48.00
1 Flip video camera with tripod, $150.00 each, total of $150.00
Recycled materials, $free each
5 12x24 White poster board, $15,00 each
1 Set of acrylic paints, $40.00 each, total of $40.00