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Cut Paper and Carrie Mae Weems

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will explore the artwork of Carrie Mae Weems and identify moments in their own lives that are simultaneously profound and mundane. Students will create a carefully composed narrative scene using cut paper techniques.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will research Carrie Mae Weems and consider the stories depicted in her photographs.

Students will consider the terms “mundane” and “profound” and make a list of moments in their lives.

Students will make sketches of an event in their lives that was both mundane and profound.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Present information about Carrie Mae Weems, focusing on the details that she includes in the scene to tell a story.
  • Explain the terms “mundane” and “profound” and demonstrate by generating a list of life moments that fit in these categories.
  • Demonstrate making a sketch of a life event that was both profound and mundane using pencil.
  • Explain techniques for working with cut paper to show texture and detail.

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National Standards


Create

Formulate an artistic investigation of personally relevant content for creating art.

VA:Cr1.2.6a

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

45 minutes

Demonstration Time

45 minutes

Student Studio Time

3 hours and 20 minutes

Supplies and Materials

  • Construction paper, various colors and sizes
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Glue or glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Craft knives, replacement blades, and cutting mats

National Standards


Create

Formulate an artistic investigation of personally relevant content for creating art.

VA:Cr1.2.6a

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Steps

Learn About Carrie Mae Weems

Research Carrie Mae Weems and learn about how she uses photography to tell a story. Consider what might happen before and after her image took place. Examine details in the scenes that give clues about the time and place it was created.

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Instructional Materials

Artist Bio

Carrie Mae Weems

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Worksheet

Profound and Mundane Planning Sheet

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Anchor Chart

5 Cut Paper Collage Techniques

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Reflection

Give and Take Reflection

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