Woody Guthrie Elementary School Curriculum
you know Woody Guthrie was a visual artist? Watercolors embellish
his journals and lovely black line drawings reflect
his way of seeing the world. Use Woody's artwork to teach the
elements of line, shape, color and perspective
and enrich the studio work of your students.
Woody Guthrie left us with a trunkload of visual art using medium
such as watercolors, ink, pencil drawings, crayon , pastels. The
same irony and social commentary in his songs is present in his
art. By examining Woody's artwork students can study the art elements
and step into their own studio experience. Using artwork from the
archives facilitates drawing connections between the curriculum.
For example, Woody's ink drawing "Amarillo in a Cloud of Dust" ties
in well while studying the weather and affect
of the dust bowl. Reading Ann Turner's Dust for Dinner
would continue that thematic connection. (See Literature
Circles) For language arts students could create a journal and
write as if they were in Amarillo during the dust storm. (See Writers
Workshop) How would you feel if you were in Woody's painting?
What would be happening to you? What would it sound like? And of
course, the class should listen to Woody's "The Great Dust Storm."