piasa bird lesson

Piasa Bird Lesson (Part 1)

Piasa Bird Lesson (Part 1): Exploring Visual Elements

Objective: students will explore how to use visual elements to enhance a drama.

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Students will explore adding visual elements to a drama through the Native American legend of the Piasa bird.   They will identify the visual elements of shape, line, form, and texture in a work of art (part of the 4th grade objectives).  Part 2 of this lesson adds narration to the students’ interpretations for the bird.  This lesson is part of our recommended sequence in the Fourth Grade Curriculum.

Grade Level


  • Body
  • Body-Line
  • Body-Shape
  • Imagination
  • Movement
  • Shape
  • Shape/Line/Level


  • Legends
  • Myth
  • Native Americans
  • Social Studies
  • Visual Art


  • Open