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Lesson Plan

Description

Students will study Kadir Nelson's visual narratives that show the experiences of Black Americans. Students will create paintings of a magazine cover telling visual narratives of their life stories past and present, revealing their lives' truths.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will explore and analyze the artwork of Kadir Nelson for inspiration.

Students will explore an artistic investigation of personally relevant content to create a narrative art piece.

Students will draw and paint to create a magazine cover featuring visual imagery of their life story.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Discuss the artistic contributions of Kadir Nelson and how his visual narratives explain his perspective as a Black artist.
  • Explain that artists use visual imagery to tell stories about various perspectives.
  • Facilitate the analysis of symbolic and storytelling features in Nelson’s artwork.
  • Facilitate student reflection on their life experiences as well as symbolism and/or scenery illustrating those experiences.

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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

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

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

30 minutes

Demonstration Time

45 minutes

Student Studio Time

5 hours

Supplies and Materials

  • Drawing materials
  • Painting materials
  • 11” x 14” multipurpose paper

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

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

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Steps

Discuss

View artwork by Kadir Nelson and other Black artists that tell visual stories.

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Instructional Materials

Artist Bio

Kadir Nelson

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Reference

Parts of a Magazine Cover

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Worksheet

Truth Uncovered Planning Sheet

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Anchor Chart

A Guide For Writing Artist Statements

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Reflection

Connect Reflection Rubric

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