American Gothic by Grant Wood is considered an American masterpiece. This artwork is a great example of the Regionalism art style, and it’s important for students from the United States to be able to identify it. An easy way to get children to remember an artwork is to have them draw it.
This art lesson plan introduces students to using a grid in art class to increase scale while maintain proportions. The students will cooperate with their classmates to complete this cooperative group grid drawing, which involves measuring. The students will enlarge 1” sections of American Gothic to 6” squares and color in their drawings. However, the faces of the farmer and his daughter are missing! After the class assembles their Regionalist artwork, they will be able to put their faces in the holes for a funny photo opportunity!
This PDF download includes a 2 page lesson plan describing how to set up and teach this art assignment in detail, a double sided grading rubric, 7 double sided pages that have 30 different 1” squares of American Gothic on one side and a grid code on the back, and a grid answer key.
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