Presented by: Jan Hillmer, Visual Arts Specialist Berkeley Preparatory School Unit: Art of Africa - Egyptian Art - math integration Grade Level: Elementary (5th grade adaptable to middle school)
Lesson is adapted from: #292 Thematic Unit, Copyright 1992, Teacher created materials Inc.
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Cubism, grid, proportion, scale
Show various works of Klee and Africa (Sinbad, Tunisia, etc)- Discuss the squares/grid overlay.
Show segment of video and/or PowerPoint of Egyptian art - discuss
meanings behind the art. Discuss Egyptian proportion.
Demonstrate steps of lesson
For part of the 5th grade study of Egypt, students were asked to draw some aspect of Egypt – from an important symbol to Pyramids of the Kings. Then, by way of introduction to Paul Klee and cubism, a grid was overlaid and the drawing was colored in a non-realistic manner.
Have students copy picture of Egyptian monument or Egyptian symbol. This could be done freehand - OR by laying a transparency grid over the photocopies and student transfer to a gridded drawing pare (1 inch grid).
Draw 1 inch (2.5 cm) grid on top of Egyptian style drawing.
Color or paint with bright colors (no black or brown). Colors should change from square to square. Notice the two distinctly different styles shown in the student examples. Allow for some exploration of materials.
Outline important areas with dark marker if necessary.
Write a paragraph about your work - Hold class critique.
Compare and contrast original picture of symbol or monument with newly created works.
Did student change colors of design from one square to the next?
Is artwork neatly painted/colored?
Does focal point still show through background?
Did student explore medium to develop their own style?
by:Denise Pannell, Fairview Elementary in Sherwood, OH UNIT: Paul Klee - Warm and Cool Colors - Sinbad the Sailor Lesson: Fantasy Line Drawing on Patterned Background Grade Level: Elementary (shown for second grade)
"Checker board" painting. Fold paper into boxes to mark off blocks. Paint half in various warms colors on top. Paint half in various cool colors. (See example) Decide which is to be top half and which is to be bottom half. Warm skies with blues/cool water... or warm desert landscape with cool sky. Plan fantasy sea scape or landscape with pencil. Trace over all lines with fine point black marker.
Submitted by: Stephanie Corder UNIT: Paul Klee - Poetry - Color Theory (Warm/Cool colors) Lesson: Illustrated Poem with grid pattern Grade Level: Elementary (example is fifth grade)
Lesson was inspired by a project by Christy Dillard. See her Artsonia site.