Enduring Idea: photographs (and art) is a way to create and communicate a deeper meaning than what is on the surface.
Artists: Jonathan Beilaski
Essential Question: What kind of photographs are you most interested in creating?
Objectives: identify and create an environmental portrait that adds meaning to the photograph
- Look at different artwork (famous and not). Have the students guess the purpose of the art. Write them on the board or have them write them in a notebook.
- Introduce Terry Barrett's "6 Types of Photographs". (Aesthetically appealing, ethically appealing, interpretive, theoretical, descriptive, explanatory)
- Go through different famous (and not) photographs and have students categorize each into one of these categories, with valid reasoning.
- Show Jonathan Beilaski portraits and discuss how his portraiture adds meaning to the photograph. What category do his portraits belong in?
Homework assignment: have students create a portrait of someone that is more than just a portrait. It must have another meaning, or add meaning to the person.
What influences does nature have in art?
How does nature relate in contemporary art?
How can we use nature to our benefit?
How can we create art with nature?
What are the different ways that we are hurting nature?
What different parts of nature are there?
Nature is a popular subject in our culture today, and is a very important one. Our environment has become a topic of concern among many people, yet I feel like most people hardly know anything about nature. I want my students to experience nature, understand it, and understand how to help it and how to harm it.
Von Wong (photographer)
John Sabraw (Toxic Art)
Mathilde Roussel (living sculptures)
Sallie K. Smith (landscape painter)
Scott Naismith (landscape painter)
Andy Goldsworthy (environmental artist)
Lorenzo M. Duran (leaf cutting)
Students will understand the effects that humans have on their environment.
Students will learn how to create art from unique mediums/materials.
Students will be able to identify types of plants, insects, and other things in nature
Students will perform basic painting techniques.
Lesson 1: Experience Nature. Go on a hike as a class or sit outside and observe. Write down things that you notice or feel while outdoors. Teach students about different types of plants/insects/etc.
Lesson 2: Using Nature. Gather materials from nature and make masks! (Use pre-made mask cutouts if needed)
Lesson 3: Anti-Nature. Use materials that are not from nature to create an art piece about nature. (ex: Von Wong's plastic bottles & mermaid)
Lesson 4: Painting Nature. Go outside and create a painting of your favorite scenery, big or small.
Lesson 5: Molding Nature: Create a 3-D art piece out of something in nature. (ex. mold out of mud, sewing leaves together, frozen water, etc.)
Discuss everyone's favorite parts of nature (animals, scenery, flowers, insects, etc.) Each student will create a work of art based on their favorite part of nature. They must spend at least 4 hours working on their artwork. Any medium is allowed.
My favorite parts of nature are trees/wood, because I think that each type of tree and each type of bark is so unique and interesting looking. I also love water-scapes, because it is something so common to take photos of, yet water scenes look different and unique all over the world.