Welcome to the Smock Room and the first step towards developing your students' observational, descriptive and art making skills, through a rigorous and engaging curriculum. These complete art units are designed within a comprehensive instructional sequence, taking your students from simply looking at art to targeting specific characteristics of art works and artists by using visual thinking strategies, Venn diagrams, brainstorming, sketching and retelling. Students not only build their background knowledge about art but also use skills targeted within the Common Core State Standards for ELA, by using similar language and skills, such as critical thinking and close reading of informational text. There is no better way to grow artists than with a holistic approach to visual arts.
This lesson focuses on the art of Georgia O’Keeffe and connects to the students' understanding of monumentalizing flowers, blending oil pastels and emphasizing shapes through the investigation and practice of creating a drawing of a flower.This art lesson is based on the art and life of Georgia O’Keeffe, combining her unique perception of flowers and her representational oil paintings. This document offers art teachers a guided resource of images, informational text, and questions to facilitate students' investigation of Georgia O’Keeffe, using visual thinking strategies and students' developmental processes through 'practice‘, brainstorming activities and a bit of homework (if you wish--- and I do all the time :0))
The duration of the lesson is dependent of your individual schedule. My students have art 1 hour, once a week. This lesson, for my students, was about 6-7 hours in length or about 2 months. It seems long but the various components of the art unit lend to positive student learning and the monitoring of student growth.
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