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My Abstracted Community

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will apply the theme of community as they design and create an abstract landscape in pastel that captures place as well as feeling. Students will identify meaningful spaces in their community and selectively interpret and stylistically depict them.

Level

Areas of Study

Collections

Lesson Objectives

Students will discuss how spaces in their community can evoke feelings and emotions.

Students will brainstorm and sketch ideas of community - structures, influences, people, spaces, etc.

Students will list connections to the sketched ideas - impact, emotions, activities, feeling.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Facilitate discussion on community connections and how places can represent feelings.
  • Explain the power of visual storytelling.
  • Lead students through brainstorming tips.
  • Demonstrate abstraction processes and techniques.

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National Standards


Create

Demonstrate in works of art or design how visual and material culture defines, shapes, enhances, inhibits, and/or empowers people's lives.

VA:Cr2.3.IIIa

Shape an artistic investigation of an aspect of present-day life using a contemporary practice of art or design.

VA:Cr1.2.Ia

Shape an artistic investigation of an aspect of present day life using a contemporary practice of art or design.

Prof.VA:Cr1.2

Demonstrate in works of art or design how visual and material culture defines, shapes, enhances, inhibits, and/or empowers people's lives.

Adv.VA:Cr2.3

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

15 minutes

Demonstration Time

10 minutes

Student Studio Time

2 hours

Supplies and Materials

  • 12” x 18” watercolor paper
  • Pencil with eraser
  • Watercolor
  • Ink pen
  • Sketch paper

National Standards


Create

Demonstrate in works of art or design how visual and material culture defines, shapes, enhances, inhibits, and/or empowers people's lives.

VA:Cr2.3.IIIa

Shape an artistic investigation of an aspect of present-day life using a contemporary practice of art or design.

VA:Cr1.2.Ia

Shape an artistic investigation of an aspect of present day life using a contemporary practice of art or design.

Prof.VA:Cr1.2

Demonstrate in works of art or design how visual and material culture defines, shapes, enhances, inhibits, and/or empowers people's lives.

Adv.VA:Cr2.3

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Steps

Genrate Ideas

Brainstorm and sketch ideas of community.

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Instructional Materials

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The Power of Visual Storytelling

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Tips for Better Brainstorming

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All About Community

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Community Connections

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Lists

Basic Painting Vocabulary

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Formative

Watercolor Techniques Pre-Test

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Critique

Gallery Walk & Critique Feedback

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