Submitted by: Larry
Prescott, Madison Middle School, Rexburg, Idaho Unit: Constructivism (Line and shape) Lesson Plan: Constructivism - using line and shape Grade Level: Middle School (adaptable to elementary and high school)
Students will use the element of line to create a composition.
Students will apply a printmaking technique to create a composition.
Students will identify the historical influence on a particular visual art movement.
Students will learn the relationship between art and the environment. See Constructivist theory on ArtLex.
Students will create art with a specific intent.
Students will demonstrate knowledge of a variety of art mediums and methods -- effectively use the elements and principles of design to create a non-objective composition.
Constructivism was introduced to Western Europe by Antoine Pevsner in Paris, and his brother Naum Gabo in Germany. The principles of Constructivism were highly influential in twentieth century Western art, although for political reasons its influence in Russia ended by 1921. (ArtLex definition).
2. Demonstrate printing technique with chipboard scraps.
3. When works are dry -- Review color theory - Instruct students to select medium of choice for coloring composition. Students may mix media. For example, interesting effects can be obtained combining Construction Paper with Prismacolor Colored Pencils.
Preparation: Cut the chipboard into small squares or rectangles. These will be the printing instruments. You can glue 2 or more pieces together to create different widths.
Cover tables with newspapers. Students use black tempera paint to print a composition of lines. I require them to print 2 compositions in a 45-minute period. They use the Styrofoam deli trays as a palette and dip the edge of the chipboard into the paint.
Students are given the choice of using different colors of paint to print more lines on their compositions... or may begin coloring with choice of medium.
Days 3, 4…
Student chose a medium to add color to the composition. This may be a time to review color theory. I let the kids use colored pencils, Crayons, oil pastels, or Chalk. If a student chooses crayon, I encourage them to work toward the application of a black tempera resist; I just like to mix media. See student examples. (This is a good project to try towards the end of the year when supplies are getting used and picked over)
Have the materials been used effectively?
Is the organization of the composition apparent? Does it represent use of design principles?