Ansel Adams was a visionary in photography and nature conservation. Adams' work in preserving the wilderness, leadership of the Sierra Club, and landscape photographs have inspired generations to appreciate natural beauty and the value of conservation.
This lesson will introduce students to Ansel Adams while guiding them through higher level thinking. A great way to lead students through image analysis with a graphic organizer to teach students the steps of describing, analyzing, interpreting, and judging images. Students will also answer 5 short essay questions regarding his work.
NOT JUST FOR ART TEACHERS! Use this lesson to incorporate art history, visuals, and image analysis into your curriculum.
Students will learn about the Adams’ work, view his photographs, and observe and respond to visual images — an excellent way to align your classroom to the National Core Arts and Common Core State Standards.
—A brief timeline of Adams’ life.
—Images and descriptions of his photographs.
—A description of the principle of art: rhythm.
—A graphic organizer to help students develop visual literacy. Students will describe, analyze, interpret, and judge images from the lesson.
—Links for additional resources.
This item is also available in the "Principles of Art: History, Photographers, and Student Responses" Bundle which includes all 7 principles in one.
NATIONAL CORE ARTS STANDARDS: Visual Arts Responding
#VA:Re7.1 Anchor Standard: Perceive and analyze artistic work.
#VA:Re8.1 Anchor Standard: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
#VA:Re9.1 Anchor Standard: Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work.
COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS: College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.1: Read closely and make logical inferences.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.7: Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.1: Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts.
Questions are written at a high school 9-10th grade proficient level but could be differentiated to fit other levels.