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Abstract Mapmaking

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will explore and interpret the work of Julie Mehretu. They will select a place of importance and explore how they can symbolize that place through overlapping, variety, and repetition in an abstract soft pastel drawing.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will explore the artwork of contemporary artist Julie Mehretu.

Students will interpret how contemporary artists use media and art principles to convey meaning.

Students will experiment with applying art principles in an abstract piece of art that represents an idea.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Introduce the art work of contemporary artist Julie Mehretu.
  • Facilitate a discussion on how the example artist uses layerings, movement, and repetition to symbolize a place.
  • Demonstrate how to use soft pastels for a variety of marks and blending as well as how to take care of material.
  • Guide students in creatively considering how they can visually show the characteristics of their chosen place.

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National Standards


Create

Demonstrate willingness to experiment, innovate, and take risks to pursue ideas, forms, and meanings that emerge in the process of art- making or designing.

VA:Cr2.1.8a

Reflect on and explain important information about personal artwork in an artist statement or another format.

VA:Cr3.1.7a

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

15 minutes

Demonstration Time

50 minutes

Student Studio Time

3 hours and 20 minutes

Supplies and Materials

  • Chalk pastels
  • Pastel paper or construction paper
  • Maps or pictures of school and surrounding community
  • Pictures of landmarks of surrounding community
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Spray fixative
  • Optional: charcoal pencils or vine charcoal

National Standards


Create

Demonstrate willingness to experiment, innovate, and take risks to pursue ideas, forms, and meanings that emerge in the process of art- making or designing.

VA:Cr2.1.8a

Reflect on and explain important information about personal artwork in an artist statement or another format.

VA:Cr3.1.7a

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Steps

Discuss Contemporary Art Work Examples

Analyze the artwork of Julie Mehretu. Discuss how she used repetition, movement, and layering in her abstract artwork. Interpret what type of place she may be trying to represent.

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Instructional Materials

Artist Bio

Julie Mehretu

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Julie Mehretu Discussion Guide

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Map Discussion Guide

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Plan a Map

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Peer Assessment

In Progress Peer Review

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Reflection

Reflective Artist Statement Guide

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