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How I Belong

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will examine the art of Christian Robinson with a focus on belonging. Students will create an artwork about a place of personal significance where they feel they belong. Students will include contextual information and subject matter in their work of art.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will observe and discuss how Christian Robinson uses artwork to tell stories.

Students will identify a place or situation where they feel a sense of belonging.

Students will design a mixed-media artwork that tells a story about their identity and sense of belonging.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Point out features of Christian Robinson’s artwork that emphasize a sense of belonging (composition, focal point, etc).
  • Ask students to reflect on the places and situations where students feel a sense of belonging.
  • Demonstrate how to create a mixed-media artwork that tells a story about identity and a sense of belonging.
  • Point out how the composition and placement of important details communicate messages in works of art.

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National Standards


Create

Elaborate visual information by adding details in an artwork to enhance emerging meaning.

VA:Cr3.1.3a

Identify, describe, and visually document places and/or objects of personal significance.

VA:Cr2.3.5a

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

30 minutes

Demonstration Time

20 minutes

Student Studio Time

2 hours

Supplies and Materials

  • Drawing paper
  • Pencils & erasers
  • Paint materials
  • Mixed-media materials (fabric scraps, colored paper)
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive
  • Books by Christian Robinson
  • Printer for artist statement (optional)

National Standards


Create

Elaborate visual information by adding details in an artwork to enhance emerging meaning.

VA:Cr3.1.3a

Identify, describe, and visually document places and/or objects of personal significance.

VA:Cr2.3.5a

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Steps

Examine Artwork and Discuss Belonging

Read aloud and share books illustrated by Christian Robinson. Point out features of Christian Robinson’s artwork that emphasize a sense of belonging (composition, focal point, patterns, facial expressions, etc). Facilitate discussion around the concept of belonging.

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Instructional Materials

Worksheet

How I Belong Student Worksheet

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Reference

What is Mixed Media?

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Lists

17 Books by Christian Robinson

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Anchor Chart

A Guide For Writing Artist Statements

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Artist Bio

Christian Robinson

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Peer Assessment

In Progress Peer Review

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