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From Ordinary to Fantastic

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will learn about the use of repetition in Yayoi Kusma’s and Tara Donovan’s work. Students will work in small groups to create a collaborative 3D piece using everyday objects and shapes..

Level

Areas of Study

Collections

Lesson Objectives

Students will examine the work of Yayoi Kusama and Tara Donovan.

Students will collaboratively use everyday materials to create something new.

Students will verbally explain how they created their artwork out of ordinary materials.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Introduce an artist or artists to the class and emphasize how they repeat symbols, shapes, or patterns in their work.
  • Form groups of students to create a sculpture using ordinary objects.
  • Guide students in their collaborations to create unified pieces.
  • Support students in their reflection of their artwork.

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National Standards


Create

Engage collaboratively in exploration and imaginative play with materials.

VA:Cr1.1.1a

Create art that represents natural and constructed environments.

VA:Cr2.3.Ka

Explain the process of making art while creating.

VA:Cr3.1.Ka

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

30 minutes

Demonstration Time

10 minutes

Student Studio Time

50 minutes

Supplies and Materials

  • Collections of small everyday objects (cups, straws, spools)
  • Glue or strong tape
  • Cardboard or mat board for platforms
  • Hot glue (with a parent or teacher aide)

National Standards


Create

Engage collaboratively in exploration and imaginative play with materials.

VA:Cr1.1.1a

Create art that represents natural and constructed environments.

VA:Cr2.3.Ka

Explain the process of making art while creating.

VA:Cr3.1.Ka

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Steps

Introduction

Review and discuss Collaborative Sculptures. Examine the work of Yayoi Kusama and Tara Donovan.

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Instructional Materials

Artist Bio

Yayoi Kusama

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Artist Bio

Tara Donovan

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Lists

A Guide to Creating A Collaborative Sculpture

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Construction Ideas for Sculptures

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A Guide For Writing Artist Statements

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Summative

Mini Artist Statement

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