Using a simple printmaking technique with styrofoam, the students learned about community and the roles they play within their community. They carved out images of their houses onto the styrofoam using wooden sticks. The class also reviewed warm and cool colors for the sky and the water reflection. Before printing, each student cut out
their house to remove the negative space on the printing plate.
LESSON SUMMARY: Using the element of shape, students will explore the work of George Mellor AKA Sister Arrow, and create jars containing an animal of their choice in their specific habitat.
BIG IDEA: Habitat
Habitat is defined as the natural home or environment of an animal, plant, or other organism (i.e., it is where a living organism lives, eats, moves, multiplies, and dies within that location). A habitat is important for an animal to thrive because it contains all of the life sustaining elements that particular animal needs such as, specific food, weather conditions, plants, shelter, etc. It is important as humans that we are conscious of our actions because we can negatively affect not only an animal’s habitat but our habitat as well.
- What is a habitat?
- Why are habitats important?
- How is an animal’s habitat unique to them?
In this lesson, students will learn about the history of the Ming Dynasty in China as well as traditional Ming Vases. The students explored the different types of imagery found on a traditional Ming Vase such as: lotus flowers, peonies, dragons, and repeating patterns.
The unique method involves white tempera paint over oil pastels. Once dry, students are allowed to scratch out their designs using a sharp tool.
LESSON SUMMARY: Inspired by the work of Berne Valenta, students will explore their personal identity and through the creation of cardboard self-portraits paintings and cutouts. Students will cut and assemble layers of painted cardboard to construct visual expressions of his or her personality and imagination. Students will learn to use a combination of materials and the proper techniques in cutting and painting to develop his or her character. These self-portraits or original characters will help students identify his or her artistic voice within their personal history and culture.
BIG IDEA: Identity
ENDURING UNDERSTANDINGS (UBD):
Identity is defined as the qualities and beliefs that make a particular person or group different from others. It is a compilation of the qualities and characteristics that make an individual who they are. Identity spans a wide range of categories: social, cultural, physical, and spiritual. The visual arts provide a means for expression and exploration of one’s identity. Creating works of art can help an artist further explore existing parts of their identity as well as discover new aspects of it.
ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS (UBD):
· What is identity?
· Why is identity important in art?
· How does your identity set you apart from your peers?
Students will recognize identity by providing examples through a class discussion.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of representin’ (social and cultural identity?) by interpreting representations found within the work of artist Berni Valenta.
Students will use their knowledge of social and cultural identity by explaining how these concepts appear in Valenta’s work.
Students will evaluate their identity by defending their ideas and artistic choices in a short class critique.
Students will create a cardboard character that relates to their personal identities by using the concepts of identity, representin’, and stylization learned through the teacher’s lecture.
LESSON SUMMARY: Student will explore the works of Sal Villano by creating a newspaper based tree based on a selected real or fantasy environment. Throughout the project, students will be introduced to information in relation to trees and how why they are a necessity of our lives through a class discussion.
BIG IDEA: Environment
ENDURING UNDERSTANDINGS (UBD):
Environment is the external surroundings in which a plant or animal lives, which tends to influence its development and behavior. As humans, every action we participate in has either a positive or negative effect on our surrounding environment. Recycling is a way humans can reduce the amount of trash created. We wanted the students to createSpecifically recycling paper can help us waste less trees. Trees increase our the quality of life for humankind by bringing natural elements and wildlife habitats into urban setting. Also, trees add value to our environment by providing oxygen, improving the quality of the our air and aiding in the conservation of ing water. Whether we realize it or not, trees play a huge role on our the planet so it is important to spread knowledge about conservation. Being able to understand the impact of humans on the environment will help to create awareness and promote critical thinking about how students can develop positive changes for our future generations.
ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS (UBD):
● What is the environment?
● Why is the environment important?
● How do humans have a negative impact on our environment/trees?
● What changes can we make within our own community to improve the environment?
Students will demonstrate remembrance of the concept of upcycling by defining upcycling as well as bringing in and using materials that have been recycled within their project.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of environment by selecting a fantasy or realistic environment and producing a tree that would fit into that location.
Students will create a tree sculpture by assembling rolls of newspaper into a three-dimensional form and paint the tree in the style of his or her personal preference.
Students will demonstrate evaluation of their material use in association with their tree sculpture by defending their material choices on their written artist statement.