I've been hired as a replacement 'artist in residence' for a local elementary school. I had a plan to teach a bunch of different photography things but at the last minute, they canceled photography and told me to pick another subject.
I've taught art to kindergarteners for years now, but they're moving me up to first grade as my 'focus grade', meaning that I have to work with them an hour a day for a week, where I only get to work with all of the other classes [K-5] once.
I have a handful of ideas floating around, and I could easily teach the same lesson to all of the grades, but I want to mix it up. There really are no restrictions, but for ideas, I like to look towards art history. Last year, I taught a couple kindergarten classes Jackson Pollock, then they got to work on a big canvas with ketchup bottles full of paint. I've taught Andy Warhol by letting the kids fill in a two-tone image of their teacher (a celebrity to them) with crazy colors. I'm thinking I might do some Lichtenstein with the older kids, or maybe life drawing, but I'm not sure how to, or whether it would even resonate.
Does anybody have ideas on what artists that would work, and possible ways to replicate their style? Think paint/pencil/paper, not clay or sculpture (not my choice, theirs).