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Pet Portraits

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will create a mixed media artwork to affect social change through an exhibition or event such as an auction. They will select materials and methods of traditional and contemporary artistic practices to create a mixed media portrait of a pet or favorite animal.

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Areas of Study

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Lesson Objectives

Students will create artwork to affect social change through an exhibition or event such as an auction.

Students will use composition and perspective to capture the personality of the animal.

Students will experiment with various lines and patterns to create fur, hair, and textures.

Students will select materials and methods of traditional and contemporary artistic practices

Students will analyze and present artwork for an exhibition or an event.

Teaching Strategies

  • Teach the techniques used to draw animals.
  • Demonstrate contour drawings and creative ways to add detailed textures.
  • Show mixed-media methodologies to push students to explore and experiment.
  • Facilitate a discussion about curating artwork for a specific exhibition.

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National Standards


Create

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

VAHSDR.CR.2

Use planning approaches (e.g. thumbnail sketches, viewfinders, sighting methods to develop compositions for drawing).

VAHSDR.CR.4.a

Practice techniques (e.g. direct observation, compositional development, investigation of artistic research).

VAHSDR.CR.6.c

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

L3.V.CR.1:

Choose from a range of materials and methods of traditional and contemporary artistic practices, following or breaking established conventions to plan the making of multiple works of art and design based on a theme, idea, or concept.

L3.V.CR.2:

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

1 hours

Demonstration Time

45 minutes

Student Studio Time

9 hours

Supplies and Materials

  • 9” x 12” drawing paper
  • Graphite pencils: 4B, 6B
  • Drawing pens
  • Canvas board, cardboard, paper, or other surface material
  • Paintbrushes and water cups
  • Acrylic or watercolor paints
  • Mixed media supplies
  • Images of pets

National Standards


Create

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

VAHSDR.CR.2

Use planning approaches (e.g. thumbnail sketches, viewfinders, sighting methods to develop compositions for drawing).

VAHSDR.CR.4.a

Practice techniques (e.g. direct observation, compositional development, investigation of artistic research).

VAHSDR.CR.6.c

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

L3.V.CR.1:

Choose from a range of materials and methods of traditional and contemporary artistic practices, following or breaking established conventions to plan the making of multiple works of art and design based on a theme, idea, or concept.

L3.V.CR.2:

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Steps

Take Photos

Take photos of a pet or favorite animal. Consider how the perspective captures the personality of the animal. Consider the composition of the photos. Crop when necessary. Select a photo. Print the photo. Option: Edit selected photo in a photo app prior to printing.

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Instructional Materials

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Animal Fur Textures

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Basic Photography Tips

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Building Value with Acrylic Paint

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Types of Composition

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Worksheet

Value Worksheet

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Four Criteria for Successful Art Exhibit

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Reflection

Most Successful Artwork Reflection

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