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By: Erin Alphonso for Sargent Art
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Goal (Terminal Objective): Students will learn how to recognize organic shapes in nature. They will learn how to turn simple, recognizable, organic shapes into an abstract design based on repetition with this lesson from Sargent Art.
Objective: Students will create a unified composition celebrating fall by using leaves or flowers as a recurring shape.
Purpose: Students will observe and find organic shapes in nature. Students will create a fall art project using repeated shapes. Students will be introduced to repetition in art and will look at works by George Bellows, Escher, and Wayne Thiebaud.
New Vocabulary: organic shapes, repetition, abstract, recurring, blend, George Bellows, Escher, Wayne Thiebaud
Time: 2 class periods
Introduction and Motivation (Set):
(2) Independent Practice and Check for Understanding:
Level Two -- Students understand repetitive designs and how to create an interesting composition. Craftsmanship is good.
Level Three -- The finished design shows repetition of the use of organic shapes. The student has shown little technical skill. Design is not organized or interesting. Craftsmanship is minimal.
Level Four -- The art does not display repetition. There is no technical skill. Student needs much support in handling materials. Work is messy. Design is not organized or is incomplete.
Tips: The thicker and darker the crayon lines are, the more they will blend and bleed, which is a really nice effect.
Notes: The flowers can also be used for a "Celebrating Spring" lesson. Any object can be repeated for this project (candy canes for Christmas, eggs for Christmas, etc). Just use your imagination.
Extension: Younger grades can complete an easier picture by omitting the painting. Designs look very nice without adding the watercolor. Designs could also be made more complicated by filling in all spaces with nature shapes. Projects can be mounted or matted for a more finished look.
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