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Storytelling Through Heroes

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will learn about the artist, Swoon, and how she uses visual elements and storytelling to depict social themes. Students will apply their understanding to create a mixed media artwork that tells a story of local heroes, leaders, or themselves in the community.

Level

Areas of Study

Collections

Lesson Objectives

Students will analyze the artwork of Swoon and consider her use of visual and narrative elements.

Students will explore how artists depict stories and ideas visually.

Students will select community heroes and research their attributes.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Introduce the artist, Swoon, and discuss her use of visual and narrative elements.
  • Explain strategies artists use to tell stories and ideas visually.
  • Discuss community heroes and their attributes.
  • Demonstrate mixed media techniques students will use to create a piece of art.

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National Standards


Create

Collaboratively shape an artistic investigation of an aspect of present- day life using a contemporary practice of art and design.

VA:Cr1.2.8a

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

35 minutes

Demonstration Time

45 minutes

Student Studio Time

3 hours and 50 minutes

Supplies and Materials

  • Sketchbook
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Paint (gouache, watercolor, acrylic, tempera, etc.)
  • Markers
  • Pen or permanent marker
  • 11 x 14 mixed media paper
  • Painters tape
  • Images of artwork by Swoon

National Standards


Create

Collaboratively shape an artistic investigation of an aspect of present- day life using a contemporary practice of art and design.

VA:Cr1.2.8a

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Steps

Explore Artwork

Discuss Swoon’s artwork. Analyze how she uses visual and narrative elements to tell a story. Identify the themes found in her work.

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Instructional Materials

Reference

When Is It OK to Borrow Images?

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What is Composition?

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Lists

Collection of Symbols in Art

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Worksheet

Heroes and Leaders Brainstorming

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Student

Image Responsibility

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Artist Bio

Swoon (Caledonia Dance Curry)

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Reflection

4 3 2 1 Reflection

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