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Josef Albers Optical Mobiles

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will analyze the optical art of Josef Albers as they explore the connections between math and art. They will create an op art mobile from concentric shapes using construction paper and wire.

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Areas of Study

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Lesson Objectives

Students will analyze the optical art of Josef Albers.

Students will discuss the vocabulary term concentric and identify examples in Albers’ work.

Students will explore the use of paper and wire to create a mobile that uses concentric shapes to produce optical art.

Students will brainstorm and investigate strategies to hang mobiles for presentation.

Teaching Strategies

  • Introduce the optical art of Josef Albers.
  • Facilitate a discussion about the term concentric and prompt students to identify examples in Albers’ work.
  • Demonstrate how to draw and cut concentric shapes to create a three dimensional optical illusion.
  • Share strategies for cutting and bending wire to join paper.
  • Prompt and support students as they brainstorm and investigate strategies to hang their mobiles.

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National Standards


Create

Explore uses of materials and tools to create works of art or design.

VA:Cr2.1.1a

Use art vocabulary to describe choices while creating art.

VA:Cr3.1.1a

Brainstorm collaboratively multiple approaches to an art or design problem.

VA:Cr1.1.2a

Construct and assemble content for unified media arts productions, identifying and applying basic principles. a. Use positioning and attention. Example: Video using The Rule of Thirds in positioning of images

Grade.2.Anchor.16

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

20 minutes

Demonstration Time

15 minutes

Student Studio Time

40 minutes

Supplies and Materials

  • Construction paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Crayons
  • Bendable wire
  • Homage to the Square: Apparition by Josef Albers

National Standards


Create

Explore uses of materials and tools to create works of art or design.

VA:Cr2.1.1a

Use art vocabulary to describe choices while creating art.

VA:Cr3.1.1a

Brainstorm collaboratively multiple approaches to an art or design problem.

VA:Cr1.1.2a

Construct and assemble content for unified media arts productions, identifying and applying basic principles. a. Use positioning and attention. Example: Video using The Rule of Thirds in positioning of images

Grade.2.Anchor.16

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Steps

Choose Paper

Select 3-5 colors of construction paper.

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Instructional Materials

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Shapes in Art and Math

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Working With Wire

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Summative

Mini Artist Statement

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