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Lesson: Imaginative/Abstract NeoPopRealism ink pen / pattern drawing: Chess Board
Grades: Can be adapted for 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Duration: Lesson may be carried over to another day(s).
This imagination/abstract lesson plan employs four concepts: contextual information and research, questioning, reflection, and artwork-making.
This lesson plan is designed to develop imaginative thinking and creative actions, to lead students to innovative results and prepare for greater in-depth learning in different subject areas. After viewing, analyzing and executing the imaginative work of art, the goal is to lead students to a synthesis that helps acquire a deeper understanding. Support imaginative learning in classroom, participate in the learning.
Objectives: Students will
Use imagination to create the NeoPopReaism ink pen/pattern drawings/squares on paper 8.5"x11" (21.5 x 28 cm)
Exercise/prepare yourself to draw the squares/designs on the thick cardboard, creating a chess board
Develop measuring/estimation skills
Represent self through symbols and images
Create from the thick piece of cardboard the custom chess board with NeoPopRealism ink pen pattern drawings/ squares (instead of just dark squares)
Spray the surface of the board with the clear varnish, completing the work.
- Explain (or remind if students already familiar) the concept of the NeoPopRealism ink pen/ pattern drawing.
- Draw the lines inside of each square that create sections. Then, fill these sections with different repetitive patterns (see illustrations below). Demonstrate how different types of repetitive patterns and line's turns can change image's character.
When you/students draw the line and patterns, you/they use imagination, it is unconscious process. This drawing process is meditative.
You teach students not to copy but create new imaginative compositions and new imaginative patterns combinations.
Offered below drawings are not to copy them, but to examine them and to learn the creative process step-by-step. Copying kills the imagination. Never copy other drawings, however students can draw texture, looking at the nature or the objects they see around, in the real life.
Regularly, when you draw your ink pen/ patterns drawings-abstracts, avoid using the square shape paper because the square is limiting you, adding the heavy restrictions as if you were putting your creativity into a "prison" of a space. The square is limiting your imagination and potentials to create the versatile images, expressing yourself the best ways you can. Choose the rectangular size of paper, it gives you an opportunity to be unlimited and unique in your fantasy and imagination without any restrictions from outside.
This particular project - "Chess Board" - uses the squares only as the parts of the bigger arts/crafts project. However, to draw imaginative artwork, choose the rectangular shape of paper.
Teach students to create many different and unique abstract images using imagination, that will be combined together into one image.
Explain that often the use of same and simple repetitive patterns results in absolutely different images. (See enlarged visual instructions at Neopoprealism's art lesson plans blog)
- Have students divide the 8.5"x11" (21.5 x 28 cm) piece of paper into small squares/sections as shown om the illustrations below.
- Have students fill some sections with unique designs. Make sure students fill each square with different designs, using their imagination, without copying previous or other people's designs.
Click on the image above for full size.
Abstract in visual arts refers to an object or image which has been distilled from the real world. Artwork that reshapes the natural world for expressive purposes is called abstract; that which derives from, but does not imitate a recognizable subject is called nonobjective abstraction. In the 20th century the trend toward abstraction coincided with advances in science, technology, and changes in urban life, eventually reflecting an interest in psychoanalytic theory. Later still, abstraction was manifest in more purely formal terms, such as freedom from objective context, and a reduction of form to basic geometric designs. In 1989, Nadia Russ created new style of visual arts and NeoPopRealism abstract way of ink pen drawing. This NeoPopRealism abstract ink pen/ pattern drawing style is created through combination of seemed chaotically appeared different patterns' sections. However, this "chaos" turns into the harmonic abstracts.
- Explain students what is the Chess game, its brief history (see below).
- Have students measure and divide the thick cardboard into 64 same size squares, as if it would be the chess board.
- Have student fill 32 squares with different repetitive patterns/designs (examine illustration below), read at Neopoprealism's abstract ink pen/ pattern drawing lesson.
- Have students spray the surface with a clear vanish. It has to dry before students can play the chess. Chess' figures students can use from the old chess they have at home.
- Compare the students' chess boards, display the best work. Discuss results from artistic point of view.
- Give information where students can learn this game (find online information about local chess clubs).
About NeoPopRealism ink pen/ pattern drawing style:
This drawing style - NeoPopRealism - Nadia Russ created in 1989. She loves to draw faces, and this kind of abstract ink pen/ patterns drawings (combinations of different patterns in sections) she always included and includes now in her ink artworks' backgrounds since 1989. Read more about NeoPopRealism ink pen/ pattern drawing and its concept at Neopoprealism's blog. This drawing is meditative. When you draw repetitive patterns, you enter meditative state of mind, the highest state in which our mind can exist. It increase your learning and creative abilities.
Nadia Russ, Mick Jagger, ink/paper, 1994 NeoPopRealism
January 4, 2003 Nadia Russ created a term to name her new and unique style - NeoPopRealism. In 2004, a few swindlers-craftsmen, who did not know that all Nadia Russ' achievements since early 90s were documented, decided to present themselves as the "creators" of this ink pen/ pattern drawing style. This infamous and at the same time comedic story began in 2002, when Nadia Russ lived in Florida, renting from one of the shameless and hungry for $ swindlers an apartment on the beach... The whole story about it and more about her dynamic life she tells in a book, in autobiography-nonfiction "DECA-DaNCE", ISBN: 978-0615655680 published in 2012 and available at Amazon and in other stores. In 2004, Nadia Russ created 10 NeoPopRealism canons for happier life.
NeoPopRealism philosophy for happier life:
Be creative & productive; never stop studying & learning
Be peace-loving, positive-minded
Do not accept communist or any other totalitarianism's philosophy
Be free-minded, do the best you can to move the world to peace and harmony
Be family oriented, self-disciplined
Be free spirited. Follow your dreams, if they are not destructive, but constructive
Believe in god. God is one, it is harmony and striving for perfection
Be supportive to those who needs you, be generous
Create your life as a great adventurous story.
About chess game:
Chess known as "the game of kings." It can raise your IQ. Because the brain works like a muscle, it needs exercise like any bicep or quad to be healthy - chess exercises both sides of the brain. Chess game greatly increases originality and creativity. It improves memory, increases problem-solving skills, improves reading skills, concentration. It grows dendrites. It develops parts of the brain, responsible for planning, judgment, and self-control. Chess is a two-player strategy board game played on a chessboard, a square checkered gameboard with 64 squares arranged in an eight-by-eight (20 x 20cm) grid. It is one of the world's most popular games, played by millions of people at home, clubs, online, by correspondence, and in tournaments.
Each player begins the game with sixteen pieces: one king, one queen, two rooks, two knights, two bishops, and eight pawns. Each of the six piece types moves differently. Pieces are used to attack and capture the opponent's pieces, with the objective to 'checkmate' the opponent's king by placing it under an inescapable threat of capture. In addition to checkmate, the game can be won by the voluntary resignation of the opponent, which typically occurs when too much material is lost, or if checkmate appears unavoidable. A game may also result in a draw in several ways, where neither player wins. The course of the game is divided into three phases: opening, middle-game, and end-game.
The history of chess spans some 1500 years. The earliest predecessors of the game originated in India, before the 6th century AD. From India, the game spread to Persia. When the Arabs conquered Persia, chess was taken up by the Muslim world and subsequently spread to Southern Europe. In Europe, chess evolved into roughly its current form in the 15th century. In the second half of the 19th century, modern chess tournament play began, and the first world Chess Championship was held in 1886. The 20th century saw great leaps forward in chess theory and the establishment of the World Chess Federation (FIDE). Developments in the 21st century include use of computers for analysis, which originated in the 1970s with the first programmed chess games on the market. Online gaming appeared in the mid-1990s.
Follow‐up activities: View Nadia Russ artwork online and in books, discuss NeoPopRealism ink pen pattern drawing style. Name artists who invented new styles of visual arts: Monet - Impressionism, Dali - Surrealism, Picasso - Cubism, Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns - Pop Art, Jeff Koons - Neo-Pop, Nadia Russ - NeoPopRealism.
How to Draw NeoPopRealism Abstract Images: Ink Backgrounds
*Posters and wall decals with NeoPopRealism Abstracts by Nadia Russ:
*Information on NeoPopRealism ink pen/ pattern drawing, its concept and Nadia Russ, who created this style in 1989, biography: http://neopoprealismblackwhiteink.blogspot.com/
*A book "How to Draw NeoPopRealism Abstract Images: Ink Backgrounds", ISBN: 9780615527437 teaches step-by-step ink and pen pattern drawing.
Read the art educator's book's review on her blog.
*Nadia Russ' official website: www.nadiaruss.com
Also see her book How to Draw the NeoPopRealism Abstract: Children's Guide (for elementary school), ISBN: 978-0615545332. Free preview is available at Google.