Saturday, October 1, 2011
let's build a lesson together...Franz Marc
I'm about to suggest something that may be a huge disaster. Something that despite the 100's of art teachers blogging and reading and sharing each others lessons that I don't think I have seen much of. Something that may make some people uncomfortable.
I am going to suggest we put our creative brainpower together and create a lesson together. One that has ideas and feedback from lots of comments and blogger. One that doesn't really "belong" to anyone.
Am I just trying to get other people to do my work for me? Seriously no. I'm more trying to using that great P.D. word...collaborate with my coworkers. It's just that 10 years ago I would be doing this in person with the other teachers at my district and now that we don't have meetings together, and the Internet is the great staff room for art teachers...I dare us to try to collaborate online.
So if you are with me read on! Maybe we can make this a monthly thing where people send in a topic or artist they want to create a lesson for/about and we work together to make something awesome.
Lesson mission: Create a lesson inspired by Franz Marc that asks students to think about expressive color
Artist: Franz Marc
Materials available: Tempera paint, oil pastels, paper, colored construction paper, scissors and glue
Target age range: 4th-7th grade
*Students will view and discuss the work of Franz Marc
*Students will learn basic info about the life of Franz Marc
*Students will discuss the concepts of expressionist, abstracted vs. realism and cubism
*Students will brainstorm an animal they feel represents them
*Using a variety or resources students will draw this animal
*Students will position their animal in a pose that expresses a feeling or personality trait
*Students will discuss how different artist and cultures give colors different meanings
*Students will brainstorm their own personal color meanings
*Students will choose a color for their animal that has personal meaning. They must be able to explain their color choice beyond...I like purple best. More like, "I choose purple because it means to be Royal, rich and powerful and I want to be those things."
*Students will create a Franz Marc inspired background/setting for their animal
*What material would be best for drawing and coloring the animal? (paint or oil pastel)
*What material would be best for creating the background setting? (paint or oil pastel)
*What kinds of guidelines/suggestions will help students make an interesting setting. Should it be more cubist...should they be able to just create whatever setting they like, should small details be allowed or not allowed?
*Should the animal and background be created on the same paper or on separate papers and then glued together.
*Should the animal or background be made from collage or is that getting too Eric Carle-ey (he is a big fan of Franz Marc by the way)
*How can we make sure the animal is in proportion to the rest of the artwork
*How can we help students think of expressing emotions and personality traits through color, through animal choice and through animal position. Should we brainstorm as a class, as table groups...how directed should it be?
*Do you have a completely different way to approach this lesson (still using the supplies listed...it's what we have)
*Are these way to abstract of concepts for 4th-7th graders?
Comment with your thoughts and ideas if you want to play along. EVERYONE who contributes ideas and feedback will get "credit" on our final lesson that we make. Maybe you want to make a mock-up of what you think would look great for this lesson and put it on your blog. Just link back to this so we can get as many amazing art teachers working together as possible!