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Autobiography

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will research artist Howardena Pindell’s series Autobiography as inspiration for imagery and layering strategies. Students will create their autobiography by combining memorabilia, found images, and body tracings into an expressive, mixed-media artwork.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will observe, analyze, and interpret the media and concepts in Pindell’s 'Autobiography' series.

Students will generate multiple ideas from their personal experiences to combine with inspiration from Pindell’s series.

Students will collect images and memorabilia in order to design and plan their autobiographical artwork.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Present a variety of artworks from Pindell’s 'Autobiography' series for students to explore.
  • Prompt students to generate multiple ideas from their personal experiences to use as their starting point.
  • Explain the design process and relevant options for gathering found imagery and memorabilia.
  • Demonstrate a variety of strategies to layer and combine media with found imagery.

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National Standards


Create

Shape an artistic investigation of an aspect of present-day life using a contemporary practice of art or design.

VA:Cr1.2.Ia

Engage in constructive critique with peers, then reflect on, re-engage, revise, and refine works of art and design in response to personal artistic vision.

VA:Cr3.1.IIa

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

1 hour

Demonstration Time

45 minutes

Student Studio Time

6 hours

Supplies and Materials

  • White poster board 11x14” (or larger)
  • Paint materials (acrylic, brushes)
  • Drawing materials (oil pastels, colored pencils, graphite, eraser)
  • Collage adhesive (liquid glue, glue stick)
  • Scissors
  • Sketching materials or sketchbook

National Standards


Create

Shape an artistic investigation of an aspect of present-day life using a contemporary practice of art or design.

VA:Cr1.2.Ia

Engage in constructive critique with peers, then reflect on, re-engage, revise, and refine works of art and design in response to personal artistic vision.

VA:Cr3.1.IIa

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Steps

Examine artwork of Howardena Pindell

Observe, analyze, and interpret the application of media and concepts in Pindell’s Autobiography series. Discuss findings in small groups.

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Instructional Materials

Artist Bio

Howardena Pindell

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Creative Mind Map

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Anchor Chart

Acrylic Painting Techniques

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Creative Marks

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Reference

Best Options for Collage Adhesives

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Guiding Questions for Howardena Pindell

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Critique

Sticky Note Critique

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