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By: Jane Stricker for Sargent Art
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Students will explore view two examples of Abstract Expressionism and the impact these two exemplars have had on American Art of the Twentieth Century with this lesson from Sargent Art.
Target Grade: 5
Goal (Terminal Objective): Students will define Abstract Expressionism as an art style. Students will recognize the impact of the work of Jackson Pollock and Frank Stella on the American art scene of the Twentieth Century.
Objective: Students will observe how texture and pattern emerge through repetition of line and shape. Students will demonstrate knowledge of repeat design.
Purpose: Students will become aware of variations of media, techniques, and processes used to investigate pattern and texture in an artwork. Students will become familiar with artists known for pattern in their artwork. Students will identify different styles and experiences of two American artists. Students will experience the Abstract Expressionist image making process and the rhythmic action utilized in creation. Students will become aware that the Abstract Expressionist artist wants the viewer to experience the formal elements and principles of composition along with their use in experience the emotional theme of the artwork.
New Vocabulary: actual texture, implied texture, pattern, repeat, elements of art, principles of art, emotional response, organic shapes, stylized, distortion, unity
Time: This lesson may be modified from one to three hours, depending upon the size and complexity of expectations.
Introduction and Motivation (Set):
2. Students will select brush sized to apply paint to the background.
7. Students cut out areas of the smaller piece of paper and glue to small pieces of Styrofoam, then glue to background painting. Students may use oil pastels to embellish their artwork.
(2) Independent Practice and Check for Understanding: Teacher circulates among working students visually recording students demonstrating understanding of objectives and provides reinforcement.
(3) Closure: Students record the emotion conveyed and the elements used to convey those feelings similar to the exemplar. They will include innovations they provided to the piece.
Level Two -- The finished Abstract Expressionistic painting shows good understanding of design concepts as well as the use of overlapping to imply depth. The painting is creative and craftsmanship is good. The student has composed a good writing component describing the emotion portrayed and the innovations provided to their piece.
Level Three --The finished Abstract Expressionistic painting shows limited understanding of design concepts and the concepts of unity and overlapping. Creativity and craftsmanship are minimal. The student has provided a writing component with limited description of the emotion portrayed and the innovations provided to the piece.
Level Four -- The finished Abstract Expressionistic painting shows a lack of understanding of the focused elements of design as well as little understanding of the concept of unity. Technical skill and craftsmanship is poor. The student has provided some evidence of a writing component describing the emotion portrayed and the innovations provided to their piece.
Extension: Surface may have three-dimensional objects glued onto it as a relief design.
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