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Here students generate object art in the manner of Wayne Thiebaud and other 1960s pop artists
Art, Social Studies
9, 12, 11, 10
By – Camille Tuttrup
Primary Subject – Art
Secondary Subjects – Social Studies
Grade Level – 9-12
Class – Art 1, 2, 3, and 4
- Competency 1, 2, 3, and 4
- understanding applying media, techniques and process.
- using knowledge of structures and functions.
- choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas.
- understanding visual arts in relation to history and cultures.
- reflecting upon and assess the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others.
- National Content Standards for Visual Arts:
- National Content Standards for American History:
- understanding the 1960s social setting and its influences on cultural artwork.
- Students will:
- develop observational skills through work from life .
- use color to describe light and form.
- render ordinary objects in a manner reminiscent of the pop artists of the American 1960s.
- use cool colors as cast shadows and hot colors as high lights.
- develop techniques appropriate for materials.
- discuss in a positive manner their artwork and the artwork of their peers.
- Art 1 – Contour drawing and shading
- Art 2, 3, 4 – Painting with acrylics
- Common food stuffs, donuts or cupcakes
- White napkins
- Paper 8Ã‚Â½ x 12 inches
- Oil pastels
- Acrylic paints
- Flat brushes – Ã‚Â½”
- Styrofoam trays (palettes)
- Container for water
- Paper towels
- Gesso brown paper
- Book: Nash, S. and Gopnik, A. Wayne Thiebaud A Painting Retrospective
- Poster: Wayne Thiebaud, 1963 . Oil on Canvas, 60″ x 72″, Scholastics Art Magazine-Masterpiece of the month #4
- Balanced composition
- Cast shadow
- Warm and cool colors
- Contrasting colors / Complementary colors
- Negative space
- Halation (thin line of contrasting color around edges of object)
- Students will learn how ordinary objects can make an interesting and thought provoking still life study.
- Discuss how and why American pop artists chose to depict typical American objects as symbols representing American consumerism of the 1960s.
- Teacher places colorful donuts on napkins at students’ tables when they arrive to class (to pique curiosity in the lesson).
- Students listen to a brief lecture on Wayne Thiebaud’s artwork and his relationship to the American pop artists of the 1960s after being shown examples of his style.
- Students receive paper and pastels.
- Teacher instructs students to draw or paint a quick study of objects and assigns a time limit.
- Teacher discusses composition, negative space, contrasting colors in context with artwork being produced.
- Artwork is hung up as if in a gallery setting.
- Class positively critiques each other’s work.
- Oral critique: make note of which students participated in the discussion giving positive feedback of peer’s artwork. Explain to students that this will count as a participation grade
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