Submitted by: Lauren McGreal, Victoria Fertitta Middle School, Las Vegas, NV UNIT: Art of Mexico - Days of the Dead Lesson: Jose Posada - Calaveras Drawings - Line Grade Level: Middle School (adaptable to elementary) Alternate Lesson: Relief Printmaking
Objectives (National/State Standards):
The student will be able to plan and produce a work of art in the style of artist Jose Posada that uses current subject matter and symbols to communicate meaning (3.8.2NS)
5.1 STUDENTS WILL EXPLORE ART CRITICISM.
The students studied the artwork of Mexican printmaker Jose Posada (Mexican Engraver, 1852-1913) and learned that his images are often associated with The Day of the Dead. Their assignment was to create a drawing in the style of Posada that uses current subject matter and symbols, along with texture and pattern.
The students will learn about Mexican printmaker Jose Posada and discuss his work.
The students will create a drawing in the style of Posada that uses current subject matter and symbols.
Jose Guadalupe Posada and the Mexican Broadside - José Guadalupe Posada, was one of Mexico’s most important graphic artists. See his powerful and visually arresting newspaper illustrations and woodcut broadsides––whose subjects range from news to calveras (skeletal figures associated with the Day of the Dead).
Show students power point presentation on the Mexican printmaker Jose Posada discuss his life and his artwork.
Have students then do the 4 steps of art criticism on several of his prints (Describe, Interpret, Analyze-focus on how texture and space is found, and Evaluate) have a group discussion on the above.
(Above took about 50 minutes.)
Introduce lesson to students by telling them that they will be creating artwork in the style of Posada. They will however be using current subject matter and symbols. They must include texture, pattern, and foreground, middle ground, and background.
DAILY- Review vocabulary check for understanding.
Student Centered Activities:
View power point, discuss work, and critique using the 4 step of art criticism. (Describe - analyze - interpret - judge)
The students will draw a picture in the style of Jose Posada using current symbols and subject matter on scrap paper. They must include texture, pattern, and foreground, middle ground, and background. Have skeleton for students to use for reference.
The students will begin to create their drawing on the final draft after approval.