Exploring the Visual Arts

Exploring the Visual Arts

Students have a chance to be exposed to a variety of visual art themes, media, techniques, and tools. Connections can be made by the classroom teacher with geometry, writing, and cultural anthropology. Each lesson includes a vocabulary list.

Grade 4
Content Area Math
Key Benchmark MA.4.5.1: Classify different types of triangles and quadrilateralsaccording to their properties and identify the properties that define the classifications

MA.4.5.2: Describe lines in the plane (i.e. parallel, perpendicular, intersecting)
Art Form Visual Arts
Art Benchmark FA.4.1.1: Use the elements and principles of art and design to communicate an idea or mood
School Year 2005-2006
Artist Anita Broennimann
Unit Plan

GLO #1 Self-Directed Learner
Assessment Work Sample (Art, Math); Questioning (Art/Social Studies); Checklist (GLO):

Lesson Plans

01 The Color Wheel

Students will be introduced to the relation of visible colors, creating their own color wheels to include primary, secondary, and intermediate (tertiary) colors.

02 Creating Overlapping Shapes

Students will draw 5-6 bottles of various shapes and sizes, overlapping each other. They will use the wet-on-wet method using primary color watercolors. Finally, each student will write a self-introduction as if it would be placed in a bottle and launched for someone to find.

03 Overlapping Geometric Shapes

Students will gain knowledge of the relationship between the three-dimensional world and its presentation on a two-dimensional picture plane, using overlapping geometric shapes

04 Geometric Portraits

Prior to this class, students will have done some research on painter Paul Klee. In this lesson, they will use geometric shapes to create a 2-dimensional portrait of themselves or someone in the class.

05 & 06 Physical & Emotional Effects in Painting

Students will be taught to distinguish between warm, cool, discordant, and harmonious colors. They will explore the physical and emotional effects of using different painting tools, textures, marks, i.e. brushstrokes, splashes, washes. They will have the opportunity to explore color mixing and the effects of different paint media, i.e. watercolor, acrylic, and tempera.

07 Communicating an Idea Through Collage

Students will create an original collage using a variety of materials such as photos, magazine or newspaper clippings, a variety of textured materials, and colored paper to compose an artwork about themselves, their home, the island, or the State of Hawaii.

08 Linoleum Cut Printing

Students will be introduced to various printmaking procedures and tools, including a short presentation on Pablo Picasso’s linoleum cuts. They will have to construct a linoleum cut (relief process) to create a series of prints.

09 Monotype Printing

Students will be introduced to monotype printing (a one-of-a-kind impression). Each student will create a unique print by painting directly onto a metal plate and pressing paper against it. The resulting image will be in reverse.

10 Cultural Uses of Pots

Prior to the class, students will research the uses of pots across time and cultures. Each student will create a unique pot with paper-clay, based on his or her research.

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Lesson 7 - Communicating an Idea Through Collage
Lesson 7 - Communicating an Idea Through Collage
Lesson 7 - Communicating an Idea Through Collage
Lesson 7 - Communicating an Idea Through Collage