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Folk Art Found Sculptures

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will explore and analyze the work of Michelle Stitzlein, who creates with recycled materials. They will create an abstract relief sculpture of an insect or animal using cardboard and recycled materials.

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Areas of Study

Collections

Lesson Objectives

Students will research artists who create with recycled materials and use multiple approaches to begin creative works.

Students will write an artist statement, including the process of developing ideas from sketches to a completed project.

Students will use symmetry, pattern, and texture in their designs inspired by folk art.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Show Michelle Stitzlein’s sculptures to students and facilitate a discussion around recycled and upcycled art.
  • Compare and contrast folk art designs.
  • Guide students in how to compose an artist statement.
  • Demonstrate various approaches to assembling and attaching materials together.

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National Standards


Create

Use multiple approaches to begin creative endeavors.

VA:Cr1.1.Ia

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

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

Plan: Formulate original concepts by practice, experimentation, and revision.

A.A.Cr.11.h

Use multiple approaches to begin creative endeavors.

VA:Cr1.1.I

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

1 hour

Demonstration Time

30 minutes

Student Studio Time

6 hours

Supplies and Materials

  • Cardboard sheets or boxes
  • Pencil & eraser
  • Scissors & glue
  • Nails
  • Wire
  • Pliers
  • Hammer
  • Recycled materials

National Standards


Create

Use multiple approaches to begin creative endeavors.

VA:Cr1.1.Ia

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

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

Plan: Formulate original concepts by practice, experimentation, and revision.

A.A.Cr.11.h

Use multiple approaches to begin creative endeavors.

VA:Cr1.1.I

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Steps

Research & Sketch the Design

Research insects or animals of interest. Research the folk art movement. Create a folk art inspired sketch for a relief sculpture using recycled materials. Gather recycled materials to construct the sculpture.

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Instructional Materials

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Folk Art Inspiration

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Artist Statement Flow Chart

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Reference

Michelle Stitsleins Sculptures

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Worksheet

Folk Art Sculpture Planning Guide

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Reflection

3 2 1 Self Reflection

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