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Stamp on History

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will review commemorative U.S. Postal stamps and choose a hero or leader to honor. Using a choice of media, students will create a stamp that reflects the selected hero or leader’s contribution to society.

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Areas of Study

Collections

Lesson Objectives

Students will review the history, methods, and application of U.S. postal stamp portraiture.

Students will plan and develop stamps that correlate to a hero or leader.

Students will use reference imagery and proportional guides to draw portraits.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Facilitate a discussion on the history, methods, and application of U.S. postal stamp portraiture.
  • Guide the planning and ideation stages of developing the stamp.
  • Assist in portraiture drawing and provide proportional tools like grids.
  • Demonstrate the choices of media and materials.

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National Standards


Create

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.

VA:Cr1.2.IIIa

Demonstrate awareness of ethical implications of making and distributing creative work.

VA:Cr2.2.IIa

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

25 minutes

Demonstration Time

20 minutes

Student Studio Time

2 hours and 50 minutes

Supplies and Materials

  • Choice of media (colored pencils, markers, watercolor, etc.)
  • Reference images of hero or leader
  • 9 x 9 cardstock or heavy drawing paper
  • Optional: Photographing device
  • Optional: Sticker paper
  • Optional: Color printer

National Standards


Create

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.

VA:Cr1.2.IIIa

Demonstrate awareness of ethical implications of making and distributing creative work.

VA:Cr2.2.IIa

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Steps

Analyze, Critique & Compare

Introduce U.S. Post Office commemorative stamps featuring portraits of heroes and leaders. Analyze, critique, and compare stamps discussing societal, cultural, and historical contexts used to create stamp art.

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Instructional Materials

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Features of a U.S. Postal Stamp

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Commemorative Postal Stamp Art

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Stamp Template

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Leaving a Legacy

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Anchor Chart

Facial Proportions

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Grid Drawing Practice

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Reference

Public Domain Images

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Reflection

Reflective Artist Statement Guide

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