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Bright and Bold Vanitas

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will examine the history and meaning of vanitas. They will use construction paper crayons and dark paper to create a modern, symbolic still life based on a vanita style, reflecting on the universal themes of life, death, and change.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will analyze the vanita work of Audrey Flack and create a meaningful and symbolic still life in a vanita style.

Students will hypothesize how human experience and art influence perception.

Students will identify contextual interpretations of imagery while generating symbolism to connect to their artwork.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Lead a discussion on the vanita art of Audrey Flack.
  • Assist students in identifying contextual interpretations of imagery.
  • Guide the planning and ideas for selecting still life items and connecting symbolism.
  • Demonstrate construction paper rendering techniques.

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National Standards


Create

Experiment, plan, and make multiple works of art and design that explore a personally meaningful theme, idea, or concept.

VA:Cr2.1.IIIa

Investigate: Engage in critical thinking, problem solving, and research through elements and principles of art and design studio practices and processes.

A.A.Cr.10.h

Make: Develop unique, wellcrafted works of art utilizing deliberate choice of media, tools, and techniques.

A.A.Cr.12.h

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

30 minutes

Demonstration Time

30 minutes

Student Studio Time

2 hours

Supplies and Materials

  • Construction paper crayons
  • Dark-colored construction paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Still life items or reference imagery

National Standards


Create

Experiment, plan, and make multiple works of art and design that explore a personally meaningful theme, idea, or concept.

VA:Cr2.1.IIIa

Investigate: Engage in critical thinking, problem solving, and research through elements and principles of art and design studio practices and processes.

A.A.Cr.10.h

Make: Develop unique, wellcrafted works of art utilizing deliberate choice of media, tools, and techniques.

A.A.Cr.12.h

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Steps

Analyze Art & Make Connections

Analyze the art of Audrey Flack and other historical vanita work. Connect contemporary imagery to symbolic representation using contextual interpretations to make the connections.

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Instructional Materials

Worksheet

A Discovery Guide to Vanitas

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Reference

Techniques to Try with Crayon

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Artist Bio

Audrey Flack

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The Six Essentials of a Still Life SetUp

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Reflection

Artmaking Process Reflection

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