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Lesson Plan

Description

Students will experiment with paint application, color, and composition to explore how understanding the world is affected by imagery. They will create an Abstract Expressionist-inspired painting of a lyric or quote using marks assigned to each letter of the alphabet.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will design an expressive mark for each letter in the alphabet.

Students will select a phrase, quote, or lyric they connect with.

Students will create an abstract expressionist painting through use of color, balance, and expressive marks.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Demonstrate how to design an expressive mark for each letter in the alphabet.
  • Explain how phrases, lyrics, and quotes can be transformed into an abstract expressionist painting.
  • Review composition, color, and balance and how these elements support the mood of an artwork.
  • Demonstrate how a limited use of marks can be utilized to create a balanced composition.

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National Standards


Create

Engage in making a work of art or design without having a preconceived plan.

VA:Cr2.1.Ia

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

15 minutes

Demonstration Time

20 minutes

Student Studio Time

3 hours and 20 minutes

Supplies and Materials

  • Acrylic paint
  • Painting support (paper, board, or canvas)
  • Variety of brushes
  • Water cup
  • Paper

National Standards


Create

Engage in making a work of art or design without having a preconceived plan.

VA:Cr2.1.Ia

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Steps

Explore Abstract Expressionism

Analyze the qualities of Abstract Expressionism and discuss the key artists of the movement. Identify and describe the most recognized Abstract Expressionist paintings.

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Instructional Materials

Reference

What is Abstract Expressionism?

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Worksheet

Alphabet Mark Planning

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Reference

The Elements of Art

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The Emotion of Color

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Reflection

Abstract Alphabet Self-Reflection

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