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Micro to Macro

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will analyze the work of modern artist Claes Oldenburg and contemporary artist Pamela Sunday. They will create sculptures of microscopic objects as they explore scale and how it can alter the viewer’s perception of an object.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will analyze the works of modern artist Claes Oldenburg and contemporary artist Pamela Sunday.

Students will explore scale as they create sculptures that reimagine an object that is usually microscopic.

Students will create sculptures using air-dry clay as they experiment with various processes and tools.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Lead a discussion about modern artist Claes Oldenburg and contemporary artist Pamela Sunday.
  • Facilitate an exploration of the microscopic world and how those tiny objects can be reimagined as sculptures.
  • Demonstrate the proper techniques of building with air-dry clay and use of tools and materials.
  • Guide students to reflect on what they made, how they made it, and how scale plays a role in their sculptures.

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National Standards


Create

Demonstrate persistence in developing skills with various materials, methods, and approaches in creating works of art or design.

VA:Cr2.1.7a

Reflect on and explain important information about personal artwork in an artist statement or another format.

VA:Cr3.1.7a

Demonstrate persistence in developing skills with various materials, methods, and approaches in creating works of art or design.

7.VA:Cr2.1

Reflect on and explain important information about personal artwork in an artist statement or another format.

7.VA:Cr3

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

45 minutes

Demonstration Time

50 minutes

Student Studio Time

4 hours and 40 minutes

Supplies and Materials

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Air-dry clay & tools (sculpting tools, mat, water bowl)
  • Embellishments (pipe cleaners, toothpicks, wire, etc.)
  • Acrylic paint material (paint, brushes, palette, water cup)
  • Microscope & slides
  • Picture-taking device

National Standards


Create

Demonstrate persistence in developing skills with various materials, methods, and approaches in creating works of art or design.

VA:Cr2.1.7a

Reflect on and explain important information about personal artwork in an artist statement or another format.

VA:Cr3.1.7a

Demonstrate persistence in developing skills with various materials, methods, and approaches in creating works of art or design.

7.VA:Cr2.1

Reflect on and explain important information about personal artwork in an artist statement or another format.

7.VA:Cr3

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Steps

Discuss & Analyze Artwork

Discuss the artwork of Claes Oldenburg and Pamela Sunday. Analyze how the artists use scale to transform the perception of the objects.

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Instructional Materials

Worksheet

Observing Through a Microscope

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Reference

5 Tips for Using Air Dry Clay

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Artist Bio

Pamela Sunday

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Artist Bio

Claes Oldenberg

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Summative

Reflective Artist Statement Guide

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