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.