Friday, January 1, 2010

State Goals

State Goals- Art
25: Know the language of the arts.
25.A.4: Analyze and evaluate the effective use of elements, principles and expressive qualities in a composition in visual arts.

26: Through creating and performing, understand how works of art are produced.
26. A. 5: Analyze and evaluate how the choice of media, tools, technologies and processes support and influence the communication of ideas.

26.B. 4d: Demonstrate knowledge and skills that communicate clear and focused ideas based on planning, research and problem solving.

27: Understand the role of civilizations past and present.
27.A.4b: Analyze how the arts are used to inform and persuade through traditional and contemporary art forms.

27.B.4b: Understand how arts change in response to changes in society.

State Goals- History
14: Understand political systems, with an emphasis on The United States.
14.F.3b: Determine the historical events and processes that brought about changes in United States political ideas and traditions.

18: Compare social systems with an emphasis on The United States.
18.A.5: Compare ways in which social systems are affected by political, environmental, economic, and technological changes.

General overview of lesson

Lesson Title: Perspectives on Native Americans

Time needed: Three weeks

Classes to complete lessons: Art Appreciation, Art History, History

Images to be used: All can be found on the blog:

Supplies: Board, oil pastels, scissors, glue sticks, images for collage

Student outcomes: Students will recognize how an artist uses perspective to create a feeling or emotion in art.

Students will recognize similarities and differences between works of art.

Students will see that Native Americans are often portrayed, not realistically, but as an embodiment of an emotion or ideal.

Students will learn the history behind the Lane Tech murals.

Students will be able to identify a variety of Native American tribes, their symbols and their art.

Students will apply the information learned, by creating an original piece of art- depicting qualities held by the Lane Tech Indian.

Time line for activities

Days 1&2
Begin by introducing Andrew Wyeth’s Christina’s World. Students complete worksheet titled Perspectives- Ways of seeing. Discuss use of perspective to create an emotional field around this piece. Is the girl real or a symbol of a feeling or thought? What kind of thought? Discuss perspective and use of horizon line. Where is the viewer in relationship to the piece?

Continue by giving historical background of the piece.

Repeat above discussion using N.C. Wyeth’s Last of the Mohicans

Introduce Venn Diagram for analyzing both pieces

Homework Day 1: Take a look at the blog.

Homework Day 2: Compare and contract the two paintings using the Venn diagram worksheet.

Day 3
Review Venn Diagram. Present information and questions on Last of the Mohicans using the Picturing America resource. Analyze painting and use of the Native American figure.

Days 4,5,6
Murals tour
Each day students will visit a mural in the school where the Native American is represented. The blog contains these images, so a visit could be substituted with a virtual visit. Students will respond to the mural by making sketches and observations.

Students individually complete a worksheet for each mural. A folder for student work- dedicated to this unit is strongly advised.

After each mural visit- teacher provides historical information about mural.

Homework for days 4,5,6: The blog provides supplementary resources for each mural. Students are encouraged to investigate these resources.

Day 7
Review and discuss homework and murals. Summarize observation.

Day 8, 9, 10
Begin research for project proposal using the library and or the computer lab. Students work towards completing worksheet: Art Project Proposal

Homework days 8, 9, 10
Continue research and sketches for artwork. Fill out form that helps plan images, artistic influences, color, composition, concept to be illustrated.

Days 11-15 (or more as needed)
Students complete art project: using the murals as inspiration, research Native Americans and their symbols to create an original piece of art using a variety of media to illustrate what the Native American means to you (proud, courageous, bold, industrious).

At the conclusion of the unit: Rubric Assessment and formal critique of artwork.