Class Period One:
Give students a brief history of Valentines Day. Examine the NeoPopRealist greeting card "Be My Valentine!" (Picture above)
Instruct students about the NeoPopRealism ink pattern drawing style and Nadia Russ, who created this art style. (See "Lesson plan background and historical information" below and at this link).
Examine traditional drawings that are found in Valentine day greeting cards. You can find them online or use photographs, postcards, or old or used greeting cards. Compare NeoPopRealist Valentine's greeting card to traditional Valentine's greeting cards, emphasizing the use of line and pattern. Illustrate how contrast (black ink on white paper), flatness of drawings and syncopation (rhythm) can convey emotion and character.
Tell students to focus on repetitive patterns such as those used in NeoPopRealist ink pattern drawing of the greeting card "Be My Valentine!" that appears above. In an exercise, ask students to reproduce the patterns in the example and create new ones using their imagination on white paper with an ink pen 0.7 mm. This pen will create the strips, zigzags, waves, circles, whirls, dots, their variations and combinations:
Class Period Two:
Review with students the NeoPopRealism ink pattern drawing concept (see Background and Historical Information). With NeoPopRealism, a line creates a form that is divided into sections and then these sections are filled with different imaginative, repetitive patterns.
Have students fold a sheet of paper 8.5 "x 11" (21.5 x 28 cm) in half.
Students will then turn the paper horizontally with the folding line on the top. The finished product will be a greeting card size 5.5" x 8.5", (14 x 19 cm) but it is too long. You need a 5.5" x 7.5" (14 x 19 cm) card, so students will cut off one inch on the long end of the paper to get the desirable size.
Students will mimic the image of greeting card "Be My Valentine!" above but will make some changes. The circle with two different people's faces will consist of the student's self portrait and the other will be a characterization of their Valentine. See illustration below.
Students will then draw17 beams. Just beyond the outside edge of 14 beams, students will write the letters, B-e M-y V-a-l-e-n-t-i-n-e-! (See illustration above) Students will finish their design by dividing the shapes inside each beam into many abstract sections. They will then fill these sections with many different repetitive patterns. Students create the NeoPopRealist Greeting card using their knowledge of the NeoPopRealism ink pattern drawing concept and their imagination. Says Nadia, "Before drawing, they should enter special state of mind, trying to open their sub-consciousness, connecting to the 'Cosmic Mind'."
While students are drawing, have jazz music playing in the background. Encourage them to use their imagination and create new repetitive patterns. They should create combinations of different variations instead of copying what they see in the sample greeting card.
After students are finished, have them discuss the drawing process, what was difficult and easy when they created the NeoPopRealist Greeting card "Be My Valentine!" Have them explain any person meaning they drew in the card.
Did the students follow directions?
Did the students show an understanding of NeoPopRealism pen pattern drawing?
Did the students create a piece of art for a greeting card "Be My Valentine!" in NeoPopRealism ink pattern drawing style?
Background knowledge, cooperative learning, learning new material, music, physical response, communication, multi-sensory approach, and direct instruction.
Art lesson plan background and historical Information
Nadia Russ & NeoPopRealism:
Nadia RUSS is a Ukrainian-born Russian painter/ graphic artist living in the USA, who created a style of visual arts NeoPopRealism. She is famous for innovative NeoPopRealism art and ink pen pattern drawing, including abstract, the meditative style that she created in 1989. Instead of careful copying reality - wild life or human figure, Nadia RUSS creates her artwork using imagination. As Nadia RUSS experimented and developed her distinctive techniques, her drawings became more symbolic. For her drawings she uses white paper and black ink pen. However, sometimes, she uses blue ink on white paper and gold/silver ink on black paper...
In the Eastern Orthodox Church, St. Valentine's Day is celebrated on July 6th, in which Saint Valentine, the Roman presbyter, is honored; furthermore, the Eastern Orthodox Church observes the feast of Hieromartyr Valentine, Bishop of Interamna, on July 30th. See more history on IAD's Valentine's Day page.
4. Photograph/prints with the realistic drawings of St. Valentine cards.
View Nadia Russ' NeoPopRealism artwork online and discuss the NeoPopRealism ink pattern drawing style.
Name several artists who are the top representatives of new art styles such as:
Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns - Pop Art
Dali - Surrealism
Monet - Impressionism
Jeff Koons - Neo-Pop
Picasso - Cubism
Nadia Russ - NeoPopRealism.
Make sure students do not confuse NeoPopRealism, created by Nadia Russ, and Neo-Pop, created by Jeff Koons.
NeoPopRealism in its core is deep and psychological. Through the artistic medium, it expresses human feelings and emotions. NeoPopRealism interprets the conflict between Good and Evil with the good ending.
Neo-Pop art style, created by Jeff Koons, offers the adult viewers images of such objects as rabbit, dog, or other subjects that do not express deep human feelings and emotions. His work is very criticized.
*Fight bullying in schools to live with dignity with help of NeoPopRealism philosophy and 10 canons for happier life - see www.nadiaruss.com/