Student artists learn to recognize shapes and types of lines as they design and draw their own superheroes.

They begin by creating a book that tells the backstory of their superhero using their choice of drawing, writing, or a combination. They then move on to drawing and watercoloring their superhero.

Piper Bloom

5th Grade

Scope & Sequence:

Lesson 1: In this lesson, student artists are introduced to the basic characteristics of superheroes, as well as understanding that each superhero had his or her own unique backstory. Student artists brainstorm & generate a backstory for a unique superhero by creating a zine. They leave the cover blank for future lessons.

Lesson 2: In this lesson, student artists learn about line and shape, and create silhouettes of their superhero on their zine’s cover.

Lesson 3: In this lesson, students look at how artists help to define their character through the details in their character’s costume. They then create their own details that reflect their superhero’s backstory.

Lesson 4: A second day for adding details

Lesson 5: Students complete their covers with watercolor.

Lesson 6: Optional. a final day for finishing.

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The above will take you to a supply list that assumes a class size of 30. Adjust according to your needs. 

Books & Media:
Optional: 5-Minute Marvel Stories and/or old comics for early finishers

Art Elements: 

Line, Shape/Form, Space/Perspective


Art Principles: 

Proportion/Scale, Balance, Emphasis


National Core Visual Art Standards:

VA:Cr1.2.3a, VA:Cr2.1.4a, VA:Cr2.1.5a, VA:Cr3.1.3, VA:Cr3.1.5a, VA:Re.7.2.3a,  VA:Re.7.1.5a, VA:Re.7.2.4a


Language arts & writing (reading and developing stories)


Common Core Standards: 

RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.7, RL.5.7, RL.4.9, RL.5.9, W.4.3, W.5.3, W.6.3, W.4.3b, W.5.3b, SL.4.1b, SL.5.1b, SL.4.1c, SL.5.1c

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