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Presidential Details

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will investigate several presidential portraits and consider their meaning. Students will create an abstract, mixed media artwork inspired by the details they find in the presidential portraits. Students will document the process and reflect on their completed work.

Level

Areas of Study

Collections

Lesson Objectives

Students will compare and contrast presidential portraits and discuss the symbols and meanings.

Students will discuss how the time and place of the portraits influenced the artist.

Students will create a mixed media abstract artwork, inspired by the details in presidential portraits.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Facilitate discussion on a variety of presidential portraits, including the symbolism and meaning.
  • Discuss how the time and place of the portraits influenced the artists that made them.
  • Model how to create a mixed media abstract artwork, inspired by the details in the presidential portraits.
  • Demonstrate different media and processes for students to choose from.

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National Standards


Create

Create personally satisfying artwork using a variety of artistic processes and materials.

VA:Cr2.1.3a

Create artist statements using art vocabulary to describe personal choices in art-making.

VA:Cr3.1.5a

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

10 minutes

Demonstration Time

10 minutes

Student Studio Time

1 hour and 30 minutes

Supplies and Materials

  • 9 x 12 mixed media paper
  • Sketching paper
  • Media options (pastels, collage, markers, watercolor, etc.)
  • Images of Presidential Portraits
  • Optional: Digital Device

National Standards


Create

Create personally satisfying artwork using a variety of artistic processes and materials.

VA:Cr2.1.3a

Create artist statements using art vocabulary to describe personal choices in art-making.

VA:Cr3.1.5a

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Steps

Explore Presidential Portraits

Compare several presidential portraits considering how the time and place of the portrait influenced the artist. Analyze the details and symbols in the portraits that portray the presidents as leaders. Sketch some of the symbols, patterns, and objects found in the portraits.

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Instructional Materials

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What is Composition?

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Collection of Symbols in Art

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Reflection

Talking About My Decisions

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