Our lesson plan consists of a contest in the classroom resembling
the one Maya Lin, the artist, participated in when she made the Vietnam
Memorial. The objective will be to have students create a memorial that
they believe best commemorates the people who participated in the Vietnam
War. Our contest will be for a fifth grade class.
The students will be provided with different kinds of materials to work
on their project. The students will also have a choice of painting,
drawing, coloring or making a visual model for the contest. The materials
we will provide will be colors, paint, markers, colored pencil, yarn,
glue, construction paper, scissors, staplers, rulers, pencils, chalk,
pastels, foil, cardboard, craft sticks, straws, clay, and just anything
else we can think of. Students are then free to choose any material they
wish to use.
The techniques that will be learned will be the handling of the
different media to expand their creativity and composition. These
techniques will be learned in an indirect manner given that no formal
instructions will be given beforehand. This will force students to learn
these techniques on their own.
By having the students do this studio activity, we hope to stimulate
their creativity and to have the students experience the effects of the
different art media. It can also get them involved in the world of art and
to make them notice their surroundings better.
Please feel free to make any comments and suggestions.
Claudia and Haydee