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Food in Art: Then and Now

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will investigate food as a theme in art, comparing and contrasting prehistoric artwork and the painting of Wayne Thiebaud. Then, students will create a comparative two panel oil pastel drawing depicting both prehistoric and contemporary food sources.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will compare and contrast depictions of food in cave art and in modern painting.

Students will create two compositions of food: a prehistoric style and a personal food preferences.

Students will explore techniques for layering and blending oil pastels.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Introduce prehistoric art by sharing imagery and techniques used to create it.
  • Facilitate a discussion comparing and contrasting prehistoric and modern depictions of food (Ex: Lascaux Cave vs. Wayne Thiebaud).
  • Illustrate strategies for drawing complex forms using simple shapes.
  • Explain neutral, warm, and cool colors.

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National Standards


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Demonstrate an understanding of the safe and proficient use of materials, tools, and equipment for a variety of artistic processes.

VA:Cr2.2.3a

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

20 minutes

Demonstration Time

20 minutes

Student Studio Time

1 hour

Supplies and Materials

  • Construction paper
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Permanent marker
  • Oil pastels

National Standards


Create

Demonstrate an understanding of the safe and proficient use of materials, tools, and equipment for a variety of artistic processes.

VA:Cr2.2.3a

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Steps

Prepare Paper

Tear and remove the edges of two pieces of construction paper. Crumple and flatten the paper, creating a textured drawing surface.

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Instructional Materials

Reference

Warm Cool and Neutral Colors

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7 Outrageous Oil Pastel Techniques

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Basic Drawing Vocabulary

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Worksheet

Stories and History in Art

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Formative

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