|Resources/Introduction: Georgia O’Keeffe flower paintings; Vincent Van Gogh landscape drawings; Chinese brush paintings (image resource sheet available) |
Materials: Real bell peppers, newsprint, white drawing paper (desired size), pencils, erasers, pen, ink brushes, mixing trays for washes, water dishes
Students drew several views of peppers from life then combined the drawings to make one larger that life composition. A variety of pen and ink techniques were explored. The goal was to somewhat abstract the peppers.
This is a high school lesson submitted by Wendy Free of Eastside High School in Gainesville, Florida. Hello, how are Sunshine State Standards addressed, for Visual Arts Grades 9-12:
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Skills and Techniques
The student understands and applies media, techniques, and processes. (VA.A.1.4).
- uses two-dimensional and three-dimensional media, techniques, tools, and processes to communicate an idea or concept based on research, environment, personal experience, observation, or imagination.
- uses tools, media, processes, and techniques proficiently, knowledgeably, and in a safe and responsible manner.
- knows how the elements of art and the principles of design can be used to solve specific art problems.
- uses effective control of media, techniques, and tools when communicating an idea in both twodimensional and three-dimensional works of art.
Rationale for Assessment
The methods are admittedly a little subjective. They ask for the artist to demonstrate skill in two areas and to come up with an “interesting” composition in the third area. However, the standard is equally vague in a couple of areas, talking about “effective” control and the solution of art “problems.” A year-long, consistent rubric would be of great use in a class like this.
Absence of Bias
This lesson does not take any personal characteristics into account.
A rubric would be useful in measuring the artistic skill involved in the process.
Given the precise guidelines involved in this assignment, it would be fairly easy to get results that could be scored.
The tasks involved are fairly basic building blocks of the art process, and so would be applicable to a number of other assignments.
The tasks are easily doable with the materials provided.