Joan Miro Cookies
from the Crafts and Cookies Index
Students will learn about Spanish modern artist Joan Miro by being introduced to his art, and then by creating their own masterpiece after his work. This free lesson plan is designed to fulfill the National Standards for Art Education: Grades K-4/Standard 3: Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas; and Grades 5-8/Standard 2: Using knowledge of structures and functions.
4" Sugar Cookies
Popsicle Sticks or Paint Brushes
Icing Bag (or sandwich bag with corner cut)
Cookie Design Worksheet
Show the students a color plate of The Singing Fish. Ask students, "Who remembers the name of the artist that created this art masterpiece?" (Joan Miro)
Show students color plates of 2 similar works: The Melancholic Singer or Dog in Front of the Sun. Ask students, "Who can compare these three paintings and tell me what is the same?" (Child-like art, black lines, overlapping images)
Tell students "Our project will be to create your own art masterpiece following these examples of Miro's art on a cookie."
Tell students, "On your table you will find an Art Masterpiece Cookie Design Worksheet with three large circles and several crayons. Our first step is to draw a design for your cookie on this worksheet. Your design should use elements that we have seen in Miro's art."
Provide each student with a sugar cookie, an icing bag with black frosting, a popsicle stick or clean paint brush, and access to the premixed colors of frosting.
Tell students, "You may begin to paint your Miro cookie."
Quiz students about Joan Miro as they paint.
1) Where was Miro born? (Spain)
2) What era was he from? (Modern Era)
3) What is similar about the three Miro paintings that I showed you? (Child-like art, black lines, overlapping images)
Students may enjoy learning about Joan Miro by printing a Miro Cookie Worksheet, and recreating the cookie featured in this lesson.