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Out of Habitat

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will explore the habitats of animals and the loss of the habitats. They will paint the image of an animal of choice in an unusual habitat for them, indicating the loss of their original home.

Level

Areas of Study

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Lesson Objectives

Students will share their appreciation for living things and the environment through creating art.

Students will combine references to create new meaning that will be communicated in their artwork.

Students will consider how images are interpreted by the viewer.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Present students with information about animal habitats and displacement.
  • Guide students in interpreting the difference between the work of John James Audubon and Walden Ford.
  • Assist students in locating and gathering personally meaningful references.
  • Demonstrate painting techniques.

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National Standards


Create

Redesign an object, system, place, or design in response to contemporary issues.

VA:Cr2.3.IIa

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

VA:Cr1.2.Ia

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

20 minutes

Demonstration Time

15 minutes

Student Studio Time

4 hours

Supplies and Materials

  • Computers
  • Colored pencils
  • Acrylic paint & watercolors
  • Palettes, paint brushes, & water cups
  • Paper towels
  • Graphite pencils & erasers
  • Tracing paper, watercolor paper, or mixed media paper
  • Animal/nature references such as, Audubon and Walton Ford

National Standards


Create

Redesign an object, system, place, or design in response to contemporary issues.

VA:Cr2.3.IIa

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

VA:Cr1.2.Ia

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Steps

Research

Learn about animals, habitats, and animal displacement. Compare and discuss the work of John James Audobon with Walton Ford. Research animals and habitats.

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Instructional Materials

Student

A Guide For Writing Artist Statements

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Reference

Expanded Color Wheel

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Reflection

Did I? Finished Artwork Review

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