Display several paintings (prints) by Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh
Explain the Impressionism movement in art and its importance (artists who were influenced by it)
Ask students to look at scenes around them, studying how light and shadow are related; to think about a scene that they would like to recreate in paint
Discuss with the students what thoughts the paintings bring to mind, what emotions they evoke. Start by modeling with your thoughts of these works of art. Explain to the students how different paintings can stir different thoughts and emotion.
Ask students what they think about Impressionism, how do the paintings make them feel, do they like this style of artwork (remember there are no wrong answers here) Ask questions about what was learned.
Observation and questions
Students will be assessed on composition—color plan—painting skills—highlights and shadows on portrait—Essay on Impressionism – comparison of work of Monet and Van Gogh.
(Bunki passed away in May, 2014) Grade Level: Middle School Lesson: Broken Mirror Self Portraits
This is a final project in my class. I bought two large door mirrors and broke them into many odd-shaped pieces ($10). Using masking tape, tape all edges for protection.
Next, students are each given a piece of a broken mirror. They will draw their self portrait in the broken mirror. The outside shape of the drawing would stay in the same shape as the piece of mirror.
Students are told to pay attention to facial feature placement. Students were asked to incorporate at least one eye, nose and mouth into the drawing and the background should show their self-interests. They could use any medium we had used so far. Students were told that they must show some contour shading. When finished, using 12 x 18" (30 x 46 cm) colored construction paper, students must "present" their portrait in a unique way... other than a simple frame. The construction paper would be in the general shape of the mirror or other shapes as shown in the example below: