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Monique Kartchner and Elizabeth Stevens

Finalized sheet - Creative Focus: Visual Art- Dogs in Artwork focused on Colville’s Child and Dog and Chana’s Carrying the Water for Aunt
Molly Time Frame: About 4 weeks

Language arts
- Discuss when and where David
Alexander Colville lived
:introduction of unit and for 1-2
weeks
-Discuss when and where
Leonard Chana lived
:introduction of unit and for 1-2
weeks
-Write in morning journals
about Colville’s paintings (show
process of Colville’s painting
including sketches, geometric
scheme in live model, and his
slow process of painting layer
upon layer of thin paint on a
wooden panel, completed with
transparent lacquer): 1 week
- Write in journal about Leonard
Chana’s stippling style: 1 week
- Create a story basket
featuring informational and
fictional books about dogs-
backup

Science
- Make thin paint (add water to
tempera paint) Use Alex
Colville’s technique of painting
layer upon layer (show students
layering process with darker
colors with lighter colors on top
on light table): 7 days
- Making homemade dog treats
for Colville’s dog: 7 days
-Making homemade dog treats
for Chana’s Dog: 7 days
- Measure Colville’s dogs
proportions: 7 days
- Measure Chana’s dogs
proportions: 7 days

Math/Manipulatives
-- Bring in dog: have children
measure proportions, discuss
how Colville would use a live
model to make his pictures
proportional: 1 day
- Count how many legs all of
the dogs have in Alex Colville’s
paintings: backup
- Sort Alex Colville’s paintings of
dogs by the size of the dog:
backup
- Count Chana’s homemade dog
treats: 7 days
-Count Colville’s homemade
dog treats: 7 days
- Show and apply the Geometric
Scheme that Colville uses
before drawing- backup


Music
-Explore the sounds a dog can
make and differentiate
between high, medium and low
pitches. Ask what sound
Chana’s and Colville’s dogs
would make: 2 days
- Write a song about The Child
and Dog- backup
- Write a song about the
painting Carrying the Water for
Mom and Aunt Molly-backup
-Listen to Canadian traditional
music (Colville): 2 weeks
- Listen Tohono O’odham music-
(Chana): 2 weeks
- Think about what music Chana
was listening to when he
painted Carrying the Water for
Mom and Aunt Molly/ what the
harvesters were humming as
they harvested cactus fruit?:
backup
- Choose music/song that the
children think would describe
The Child and Dog: backup
- BINGO- Students love this
song: over four week period
- Children’s Jukebox book of
Songs- dog songs that would
encourage movement :backup
Movement
-Imitate/pose dogs in Colville’s
painting The Child and Dog: 1 day
- Imitate/pose like dogs in
Chana’s painting Carrying the
Water for Mom and Aunt Molly: 1
day
- Moving on all fours to the
Canadian or Tohono O’odham
music: 1 day
- Pretend to move like the dogs
in Chana’s Carrying the Water
for Mom and Aunt Molly: 1 day
- Pretend to move like the dog
in Colville’s painting The Child
and Dog: 1 day




Dramatic Play
- Turn the dramatic play area
into a Dog habitat that Chana’s
dogs would live in: 2 weeks
- Turn the dramatic play area
into a Dog house that Colville’s
dog would live in: 2 weeks
- Turn dramatic play area into
Colville’s artist studio with
painting of dogs hung up and
materials to paint: backup
- Turn dramatic play area into
Chana’s artist studio with
pencils/pens/markers/chalk to
make his stippling style: 2
weeks


Outdoor Environment
-Find different things that
sound like dogs and put them
outside ( ask questions about
which sound like Chana’s dogs
or Colville’s dog): over four
week period
-Imitate/pose dogs in Colville
painting The Child and Dog: 1 day
- Imitate/pose like dogs in
Chana’s painting Carrying the
Water for Mom and Aunt Molly:
1 day
- Moving on all fours to the
Canadian or Tohono O’odham
music: 1 day
- Pretend to move like the dogs
in Chana’s Carrying the Water
for Mom and Aunt Molly: 1 day
- Pretend to move like the dog
in Colville’s painting The Child
and Dog: 1 day
- Put color pencils or chalk in
the outdoor easel for children
to practice Chana’s stippling
style: over four weeks
- Dig in the dirt like dogs
Sensory (sand/water)
- Crush up Colville’s and Chana’s
dog treats and put them in
sensory table: 7 days
-Mix water with the homemade
dog treats: 7 days
-Put dog hair on table and ask if
the children think the hair feels
like Chana’s or Colville’s dogs
hair(from resource center): 7
days
- Sculpt Chana’s and Colville’s
dog out of clay/ found
materials: over four weeks,
maybe for a 7 day center
- Finger paint dogs on flat
surface that look like Chana’s
and Colville’s dogs: over four
weeks

(backup)

Blocks
- Add dogs and people to block
area like shown in Chana’s and
Colville’s paintings: over 2
weeks
- Post Colville’s paintings with
dogs and people on walls by
block center: over 2 weeks
- Post Chana’s painting on walls
by block center: over 2 weeks
- Use square blocks to measure
Chana’s and Colville’s dogs: 7
days
- Build home that the Child and
Dog are in (Colville): backup







Art
- Make thin paint Using Alex
Colville’s technique of painting
layer upon layer: 7 days
- Use primed wooden panel to
paint on like Colville’s style:
backup
- Student’s will draw an outline
of a dog/ whole dog using a
felted marker (stippling dots
inside the dog): 7 days
- Put color pencils or chalk in
the outdoor easel for children
to practice Chana’s stippling
style: over 4 weeks
- Sculpt Chana’s and Colville’s
dog out of clay/ found
materials: over 4 weeks
- Finger paint dogs on flat
surface that look like Chana’s
and Colville’s dogs: over 4
weeks
- Woman and Terrier, 1963-
backup
- Child and Dog, 1952-backup
-Dog and Priest, 1978-backup
- Dog and Bone, 1961-backup
- Study of Woman Cutting
Special Needs

ELL adaption
- Include vocabulary in Spanish
about dogs when talking about
Chana and Colville’s paintings:
over 4 weeks
- When journaling help with
describing paintings in Spanish:
over 4 weeks
- “Diez Perritos”: 1 day
-Diez Perritos by Alma Flor Ada: 1
day
-“El Perro de San Roque”:
backup
-Tell stories in Spanish about
dogs- backup
-Ve, Perro. Ve! By P.D. Eastman
:backup






Toenails, Dog Watches, 2008-
backup
- Woman Cutting Toenails, Dog
Watches, 2009-backup
- On a River, 1996-backup
- My Father and His Dog, 1983-
backup
- Living Room, 2000- backup
http://alexcolville.ca/