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Changes & Memories

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will reflect upon stories of change in their family history while studying the ‘Migration Series’ by Jacob Lawrence. Using mixed-media and applying key design concepts, students will create a cut-paper collage to convey a family narrative of choice.

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Areas of Study

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Lesson Objectives

Students will discuss and examine the use of contrast and analyze the narrative concepts depicted in Lawrence’s series.

Students will reflect upon a family story, a personal story or memory to inspire the artwork.

Students will generate several ideas with thumbnail sketches and will refine one image to include in their artwork.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Present the ‘Migration Series’ series and discuss Lawrence’s use of design principles and narrative imagery.
  • Guide students through narrative brainstorming
  • Demonstrate the idea generation process for a narrative artwork using thumbnail sketches.
  • Share strategies for mixing colors and applying brush textures to make painted papers for the final collage.

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National Standards


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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

1 hour

Demonstration Time

1 hour

Student Studio Time

5 hours and 15 minutes

Supplies and Materials

  • Mixed-media paper, 11”x14” (2-3 per student)
  • White poster board, 11”x14” or larger
  • Paint materials (acrylic, tempera, brushes)
  • Drawing materials (graphite, pastels, colored pencil, markers)
  • Collage materials (newspaper, patterned paper, magazines)
  • Collage adhesive (liquid glue, glue stick)
  • Scissors and/or craft knives with cutting mats

National Standards


Create

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Steps

Examine the work of Jacob Lawrence

Discuss and examine the use of contrast (color, texture, value, shape) and analyze the portrayal of narrative concepts in Lawrence’s 'Migration Series.'

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Instructional Materials

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Guiding Questions for Jacob Lawrence

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Color Theory Basics

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Applying Contrasting Colors

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Reference

What is Mixed Media?

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Worksheet

Painting Properties Practice

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Artist Bio

Jacob Lawrence

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Reflection

Reflective Artist Statement Guide

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