Secondary Visual Arts Sample Units and Lessons
Art I: Foundations - Introduction to Fundamental Concepts and Skills
The standards for Art I emphasize the development of the ability to recognize visual arts content, concepts, and skills needed to create, discuss, and understand original works of art. Students use art-making processes to communicate ideas and personal life experiences. They maintain portfolios documenting their artistic growth. They select representative work to take to the next level of study.
Exploring Principals of Design
Pen and Ink is specifically selected to interpret Principals of Design on Bristol Vellum paper, then mounted to thin boards to hang on display. Principals addressed in the study below are: Harmony, Balance (Spatial Symmetry, Asymmetry, and Radial Symmetry), Dominance and Emphasis, Movement, and Rhythm. Students learn basic concepts related to core foundations in art, while building skills to create cohesive compositions as the finished product.
Art I: Drawing Realistic Facial and Figurative Proportions
This six week unit plan provides students with a strong foundation in realistic human proportions. Over the course of the unit, students will learn to tree map concepts, build their own sketchbooks, and understand how elements of the human figure combine to create such beautiful form. The unit culminates in a final self-portrait project that identifies the students' understanding of the principle of proportion in their own artwork.
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Very Early Variations on Technical Lessons Designed for Skill Enhancement
A Four Part Lesson designed to teach students to sketch an anatomically correct eye. Additionally, the students experiment with at least 4 different mediums to construct a final piece.
Students build upon this lesson, using the eye in creative portraiture, and even large multidimensional abstract work. Delving into pointillism, color blending and shading, and creative expression, students gain an overview of what they are able to look forwards to in upcoming classes!
An art history lesson for a unit on constructing clay masks. This lesson provides insight into the ways that mediums and elements are combined to create masks that reflect both the cultural heritage and emotions of the mask-maker.
Added bonus - an archaic film was deteriorating, so I saved it for a veteran teacher by scanning the films as slides and recording the audio. I spliced the footage and audio back together using just my Mac Mini with Garage Band and iMovie.