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Draped “Tapestry”

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will create a tapestry-like sculpture inspired by El Anatsui using recycled material and hand-sewing techniques. The tapestry will be presented either draped over an object or on a wall. Students will explore how the presentation can change depending on installation.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will analyze the artwork of El Anatsui.

Students will discuss how materials used during artmaking affect the interpretation and meaning of a piece of art.

Students will select materials of art that represent their culture or everyday life.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Facilitate student analysis of artwork by El Anatsui.
  • Discuss visual and material culture and explain how material choice can affect the interpretation of an art piece.
  • Prompt students to design and create a tapestry-like sculpture made of relevant recycled material.
  • Demonstrate hand-sewing techniques and various attachment methods on recycled materials.

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National Standards


Create

Choose from a range of materials and methods of traditional and contemporary artistic practices to plan works of art and design.

VA:Cr1.2.IIa

Demonstrate in works of art or design how visual and material culture defines, shapes, enhances, inhibits, and/or empowers people's lives.

VA:Cr2.3.IIIa

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

30 minutes

Demonstration Time

45 minutes

Student Studio Time

4 hours and 10 minutes

Supplies and Materials

  • Recycled or found materials
  • Scissors and glue
  • Needle and thread
  • Stapler and staples
  • Wire, jump rings, and pliers
  • Images of traditional tapestries
  • Images of sculptural tapestries by El Anatsui

National Standards


Create

Choose from a range of materials and methods of traditional and contemporary artistic practices to plan works of art and design.

VA:Cr1.2.IIa

Demonstrate in works of art or design how visual and material culture defines, shapes, enhances, inhibits, and/or empowers people's lives.

VA:Cr2.3.IIIa

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Steps

Analyze

Look at and discuss traditional tapestries. Analyze sculptural tapestries created by El Anatsui, and compare them to traditional tapestries. Discuss the meaning, use of materials, and installation methods El Anatsui employs.

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Instructional Materials

Artist Bio

El Anatsui

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Visual and Material Culture

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Worksheet

Planning Your “Tapestry”

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Mixed Media Attachment Methods

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Reflection

Sculpture Presentation Reflection

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