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Lesson Plans

A great Studio lesson...

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Sherry D'Elia (DeliaS)
Fri, 20 Mar 1998 16:54:36 -0500

I am teaching a great lesson to my high school Studio in Art class right
now. It is not my original lesson, I took the basic idea from a colleague.

The lesson involves art history and comparing different styles in art.
Maybe some of you already do something like this.....I am a semi-new art
teacher...3rd (and up for tenure) year...

I introduced three new artists that have easy to recognize styles. I chose
Bridget Riley, Piet Mondrian, and Kandinsky. We reviewed three artists
already covered this year that also have easy to recognize
styles...Picasso, Chuck Close, and Georges Seurot.

The students choose something simple to draw ( like a chair, a tree, a
rollerblade...almost anything ). They break up the space on a 12X18 sheet
of drawing paper by folding it until they have 8 equal square spaces. (This
is the rough draft...they will have 18X24 tag paper for their final designs)

Then the fun part.... They have to draw the object in each space using a
different artists style. I decided to have them choose 4 of the 6 art
styles....and then come up with some of their own designs in the remaining
spaces. I encourage them to use a variety of media....colored pencils,
markers, watercolor, collage...

The final results look great. It's a great way to compare and contrast
different styles...