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Lesson One: Visual Arts

KEY LEARNING AREA: CREATIVE ARTS- VISUAL ARTS

STAGE: TWO

 

OUTCOMES:

 

APPRECIATING:

VAS2.3 Acknowledges that artists make artworks for different reasons and that various interpretations are possible.

 

VAS2.4 Identifies connections between subject matter in artworks and what they refer to, and appreciates the use of particular techniques.

 

MAKING:

VAS2.1 Represents the qualities of experiences and things that are interesting or beautiful by choosing among aspects of subject matter.

 

VAS2.2 Uses the forms to suggest the qualities of subject matter.

 

 

 

SUBJECT MATTER:

·         Other Living Things:

Students will investigate the visual qualities of jungle creatures and plants by exploring their colour, shape, size, texture and movement.

 

 

FORMS

· Drawing

· Painting

· Fibre

 

 

LESSON FOCUS: This is the first lesson in a Unit of Work titled ‘In the Jungle’. The lesson aims to introduce students to the unit by looking at Henri Rousseau’s artworks based on the jungle. This will assist them to learn to use their imagination and appreciate artworks. They will also access a website that allows them to create an artwork like Henri Rousseau’s.

 

 

PRIOR KNOWLEDGE: None on this unit of work. Students would have learnt in Stage One about the concept of an artist and would recognize that artworks are made for various reasons. (LESSON 1 OF 7)

 

 

RESOURCES:

 

· Art Map Compass

· Paintings of Henri Rousseau:

The Equatorial Jungle

Surprise

Tropical Forest With Monkeys

· Biography of Rousseau available from: http://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/rousseauinfo.shtm

· Computers

· Internet access

site: http://www.nga.gov/kids/zone/jungle.htm

· Printer and paper

 

 

SPECIFIC INDICATORS OF LEARNING

 

Students will:

· Discuss reasons why artists make artworks focusing on who, where, when, why and how.

 

· Recognize that people have different views about artworks and their meanings that are informed by their understandings of such things as the circumstances of the work, the artist’s intentions and skill, and what the work is about.

 

· Identify resemblances between subject matter in artworks and the features of things as they exist in the world, recognizing similarities and differences in how things are represented in the artworks.

 

· Express opinions about how well subject matter that is represented in particular forms refer to the world, and appreciate the skills involved to achieve these effects.

 

· Talk and write about the meaning of artworks in terms of how subject matter realistically represents things in the world.

 

· Focus on details of subject matter e.g. contrasts in a natural environment.

 

· Experiment with digital techniques.

 

 

SEQUENCE OF TEACHING/LEARNING EXPERIENCES

INTRODUCTION

TIME

RESOURCES:

 

· Introduce the ‘Art Map Compass’. Use a piece of work by one of the students in the class as an example to make it easier for them to understand.

 

10 mins

 

Resources:

Art Map Compass

Student’s work

 

SEQUENCE OF TEACHING/LEARNING EXPERIENCES

MAIN BODY

TIME

RESOURCES:

 

· Show students some of Henri Rousseau’s artworks. Use the Art Map Compass to explore his artwork.

 

10 mins

Resources:

Henri Rousseau’s artworks.

 

 

· Ask students how they think Rousseau would have known what a jungle looked like. Tell students a brief biography of Rousseau, emphasizing the fact that he had never been to a jungle, but had been to zoos and looked at photographs. Most importantly, he had used his IMAGINATION to create his paintings.

 

· Point out how well Rousseau uses the foreground, midground and background.

 

10 mins

Resources:

Biography of Rousseau

 

 

· Write the website up on the board and ask students to move to a computer and go to the site. Tell them they can explore his work using the interactive software and make their own similar work. Let them know they are to use the foreground, midground and background.

 

· When students are finished, print off their work.

 

15 mins

Resources:

Computers

Internet access

Printer and paper

SEQUENCE OF TEACHING/LEARNING EXPERIENCES

CONCLUSION

TIME

RESOURCES:

 

· Come back together as a class. Choose some students to come up the front of the class and talk about their artwork using their answers on the art map compass.

 

5 mins

Resources:

Students’ completed work.

TOTAL TIME

 

50 mins

 

ASSESSMENT STRATEGIES

 

· Can students correctly identify why artists make artworks i.e. who, where, when, why and how?.

 

· Can students recognise that people have different views about artworks and their meanings?

 

· Can students identify resemblances between subject matter in artworks and the features of things as they exist in the world?

 

· Can students express opinions about how well subject matter that is represented in particular forms refer to the world, and appreciate the skills involved to achieve these effects?.

 

· Can students talk and write about the meaning of artworks in terms of how subject matter realistically represents things in the world?.

 

· Did students use contrast and make use of the foreground, midground and background?.

 

· Did students actively experiment with digital techniques?.

 

       

 

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