Conceptual Basis for Lesson:
Through the creation of a postcard, students will develop an appreciation for places in their community that have a special meaning to them. Students are a part of a community and should be aware of the meaningful/important places around them. This lesson can be tied to English as students create postcards and then write letters on the back of them.
Relation to the Series:
This part four in a series of articles on My Community. This lesson reiterates vocabulary and ideas learned in previous lessons (about drawing and community) as well as giving students an appreciation for a place in their community.
Postcards from various places and art done by artists depicting community scenes. Artists to include: VanGogh, Monet, Hopper and Burchfield.
8x5 index cards, with or without lines on one side, markers or colored pencils, pencils, stamp/stickers, ruler, stamp to represent postage mark
Materials depend on time available for lesson and age group. The teacher may want to prepare the writing side of the index card to look like a postcard before class if time is limited. If the postcard is to be mailed some materials, ie. sticker for stamp, are not necessary. (see photos section for sample postcard)
postcard: a card which comes in a variety of sizes with a picture on one side and writing on the other side to send a message through the mail
detail: small, less noticeable parts, particulars
postage: money paid in advance, usually in way of a stamp to send mail
Students will be given postcards to look at and the teacher will call on several students to describe the scene depicted. The teacher then shows works of artists and how they chose to depict community scenes. Some examples: Edward Hopper (Rout 6, Eastham or Nighthawks), Van Gogh (Cafe Terrace or Church at Auvers-sur-Oise), Charles Burchfield (Rainy Night 1930 or Autumn Twilight 1920).