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Nature Takeover

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will illustrate the power and dominance of nature over humanity by creating landscapes with natural elements that overwhelm the image. They will use mixed media techniques as they create their finished artworks.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will examine the power of nature over humanity.

Students will plan their artwork through thumbnails and sketches.

Students will develop a landscape to visually represent the power of nature.

Students will choose from a variety of materials to create their landscapes.

Students will apply their knowledge of scale by exaggerating the sizes of elements in their compositions.

Students will reflect on their work in an artist statement.

Teaching Strategies

  • Lead a discussion about nature and its relationship with humanity.
  • Demonstrate how to brainstorm and plan landscape ideas.
  • Show a variety of landscapes depicted in art.
  • Review scale and proportion.
  • Demonstrate mixed media techniques such as drawing, painting, and collage.
  • Lead students in a self-reflection.

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National Standards


Create

Visualize and hypothesize to generate plans for ideas and directions for creating art and design that can affect social change.

VA:Cr1.1.IIIa

Choose from a range of materials and methods of traditional and contemporary artistic practices to plan works of art and design.

VA:Cr1.2.IIa

Visualize and hypothesize to generate plans for ideas and directions for creating art and design that can affect social change.

Adv.VA:Cr1.1

Choose from a range of materials and methods of traditional and contemporary artistic practices to plan works of art and design.

Acc.VA:Cr1.2

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

20 minutes

Demonstration Time

30 minutes

Student Studio Time

4 hours

Supplies and Materials

  • Canvas or illustration board
  • Paint (tempera, acrylic, or watercolor)
  • Watercolor paper
  • Drawing paper
  • Paintbrushes & water cup
  • Black pen
  • Colored pencils
  • Pencil & eraser

National Standards


Create

Visualize and hypothesize to generate plans for ideas and directions for creating art and design that can affect social change.

VA:Cr1.1.IIIa

Choose from a range of materials and methods of traditional and contemporary artistic practices to plan works of art and design.

VA:Cr1.2.IIa

Visualize and hypothesize to generate plans for ideas and directions for creating art and design that can affect social change.

Adv.VA:Cr1.1

Choose from a range of materials and methods of traditional and contemporary artistic practices to plan works of art and design.

Acc.VA:Cr1.2

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Steps

Discuss Nature & Gather Images

Discuss nature and its influence on daily life and humanity as a whole. Examine artists inspired by nature. Use weather patterns, land formations, and plants as inspiration. Review scale and proportion. Gather reference images.

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Artist Statement Flow Chart

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Scale as Metaphor

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Artists Inspired By Nature

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Critique

Gallery Walk & Critique Feedback

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