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This lesson will visualize a tribute to our veterans through the use of a flag, a saluting soldier image, and a written message of appreciation. Color, line, shape, value, optical illusion, silhouette, and crayon resist will be the terminology taught throughout the development of the project. After reading an article clarifying Veterans Day, a brief written tribute will be incorporated within the artwork to further enhance the visual appreciation to those who have served our country.
For ease of instruction, the PowerPoint has been developed to teach the lesson step-by-step. Clear visuals on each slide show the students exactly what to do as they progress through their artwork. A lesson plan has been included which outlines National Core Visual Arts Standards, student objectives, materials needed, vocabulary, and a thorough teaching procedure for each day. Several student handouts have been created and are included to assist in clarity and understanding of the lesson as well as to explain how Veterans Day began. To conclude the project, a student response sheet has been developed with questions/prompts which encourage the students to reflect on their artistic experience with this lesson.
Preparing for this lesson is very simple. Print enough copies of the student handouts and organize the art supplies needed for each day. (The material list includes basic art supplies such as art paper, colored pencils, black markers, crayons, paintbrushes, black tempera paint, and black watercolor paint.) Project the PowerPoint during class time and guide the students through each step of the lesson.