During my time Student Teaching this past Spring I was placed at two Providence Public Schools for a total of six weeks each. One was a elementary school and one was a high school. I composed and initiated a total of nine lessons during my 12 weeks of Student Teaching. I will exhibit one of those nine lessons here and describe its process.
For this lesson, I taught 3rd through 5th graders at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary to create an artwork using oil pastels and colored pencils based off an object that they felt connected to. In depicting the object they were to use tools that tricked their vision, making the composition an alternative one. I titled this particular lesson “Second Take.” The concept behind this lesson is that in doing a “second take” on a personal everyday object; its patterns, colors, shapes, and lines turn it into a new image. I presented several abstract and contemporary artists for the students to view as visual references. Those artists were Georgia O’Keeffe, Arthur Dove, Cecily Brown, and Charline Von Heyl.
As a result of instruction, students were able to meet all four of the National Core Art Standards, which are: creating, responding, connecting, and presenting. First, students were able to make connections between the proposed concepts and the visual references. Second, students were able to enter into a exploration of viewing an object in an alternative way. Third, students were able to experiment and develop a solid composition for their final artwork. Lastly, students were able to comment with their thoughts and feedback to their fellow classmates during critique.
Hypothetically this lesson was supposed to take a total of three classes, preferably each one hour long. Class 1 started off with observing at least one of the four reference artist’s work. After, I presented the students with a demonstration of picking out an object, picking a vision trick tool, and filling out the worksheet. With the help of this worksheet, they drew three alternative ways to depict their object in pencil. Class 2 began with a demonstration of making a final artwork. Using colored pencil and oil pastel, I showed them how to color in and blend. A student was only able to move to this step once they had completed their worksheet. By Class 3, everyone was done or almost done with their artwork. If there are still more than several students who need to complete their work, I gave them 15 minutes in the beginning of the class to work. Once everyone had completed their final artwork, this was when we did the final critique. Students will be prompted by my questions which allow them to share their artwork and comment on their peers' artwork.