Gesture and Contour Teacher Resources
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Illustrated Words - colored pencils
Students use images and lettering style to communicate the meaning of a specific word chosen for the composition. They make rich, smooth, layered areas of color using colored pencils.
Ancient Roman Mosaics
Kids take a look at mosaics found in ancient Rome, then they use highly geometric patterns to make their own fabulous pots. They use the patterns to adhere tiles onto a clay pot for an authentic Roman mosaic look. Tip: Make it math applicable and have the class determine angles, measure spaces, and then figure out the diameter and circumference of their pots.
Virtual Figure Sculptures
Students identify visual arts by identifying famous artwork on-line. For this sculpture lesson, students utilize the web to research popular sculptors and to see a video interview with Keith Haring. Students utilize paper, cardboard, markers, pencils and paper clips to create their own sculptures which they display around school.
Searching the World Wide Web for Rudy Autio
Middle schoolers research Rudy Autio. In this research lesson students maneuver through the Internet to better understand the artist Rudy Autio. They examine his background, educational experiences, art production, influences, and style.
The First Artists
Students explore the importance of cave paintings as the first examples of visual art in the Western Hemisphere. They compare examples of cave art to modern art pieces, discuss the lives of cave painters, create their own animal drawing in the cave painting style and write a story about cave art in this seven part mini-unit.
Giants of the Past
Students create a paper sculpture based on ancient Greek statues. In this visual arts lesson, students read the book, The Mysterious Giant of Barletta and use cardstock to create their own statue. Students write a narrative story told from the sculpture's viewpoint.
The Geometry of Paul Goble's Artwork
Students examine the concepts of geometry used by Paul Goble in his book Adopted By The Eagles. After analyzing Mr. Goble's work they create an original piece featuring symmetry, pattern, repetition, and other principles of geometry. Students design their project around a natural setting of their choice.
Dolls Around the World - Figurative Sculpture
Students examine different cultures while making doll sculptures. Using tinfoil, they make the doll, paint them and give them hair and props related to that specific culture. They also compare and contrast different dolls as they review the cultures.
Celebrating the Day of the Dead
Students explore the artwork of the Indo-Hispanic holiday of Day of the Dead. They view images, define key vocabulary terms, and plan and create a two- and three-dimensional sculptural figure.
Where Do We Come From? who Are We? Where Are We Going?
Students are responsible for producing works for, coordinating (with the teacher?s assistance) and mounting an exhibition to be presented at a parent-teacher open house. They examine literature by Henry David Thoreau and other writers. Students write daily in their journals. In addition each student produce a hand bound, calligraphed and illustrated volume of original autobiographical poetry.
A Sculptor's Model
Students investigate visual arts by researching art on the Internet. In this expressionism lesson, students identify several famous artworks on-line based on self expression and discuss the techniques. Students examine steel sculptures and create their own sculptures utilizing arts and craft materials.
Giants Of The Past
Students create a paper sculpture based on ancient Greek and Roman statues in the Getty Museum. In this paper sculpture lesson plan, students read the story The Mysterious Giant of Barletta by Tomie dePaola. They then make a sculpture based on the story and write a narrative story told from the viewpoint of their sculpture.
Graham's Appalachian Spring: A Study
Students explore choreographic narrative. In this choreography lesson, students explore the elements of Appalachian Spring as they develop a series of written responses to assignments that challenge them to investigate the structure of the choreography.
Creating a Garden Journal
Youngsters create science journals which are used to record observations from the school garden. The goal of this activity is to help kids tune into nature by making daily observations on the growth of the plants, and also to take note of other plant and animal life they see in the garden. Note: The student observation sheets that are referred to in the lesson are not attached as files, but a teacher could create some.
The Shape of a Melody
Learners explore the melody in music. In this music lesson, students listen to samples of music and interpret the color of the melodies.
Narrative Art: What’s the Story?
Your third graders design works of art that reflect themselves. For this visual arts lesson, your class will examine works of art that tell stories and replicate the models as they transform a personal narrative of their own into a visual piece.
Turning a Room into a Camera Obscura
Students and teacher begin a discussion about photography and look at the images listed using the questions provided to guide the discussion. They then create a camera obscura in the classroom and experience how many images are affected by this type of camera.
The Many Faces of Mona Lisa
Students view slides of and discuss the Mona Lisa and Leonardo daVinci. They record their ideas of the painting and make sketches of them, translating their ideas into art an form. Students then select a technique such as painting, sculpture, or collage to create their own impression of the Mona Lisa.
The Rise of Landscape Painting
Students study the rise of landscape art throughout the 19th century and the specific features of the genre. In this landscape art lesson, students read the definition of landscape art and its precedence in the 19th century. Students study various examples and artists who painted landscape art.
The First Artists
Seventh graders study cave art and to learn about the importance of human expression in history. In this art history activity, 7th graders study the characteristics of cave art and what the art reflected of the culture and time it came from. Students then make pictures in the same context as cave artists and write stories about what life was like for cave artists.