This lesson will introduce the concept of Expressionism in a very simplistic manner. A brief history of Expressionism will explain the foundation of this period and give the students a basic understanding of the emotional context of the movement. Line and color (Elements of Art) are utilized throughout the project. Students will learn how the quality of line and use of color contribute to the mood, feeling, or emotion of artwork. The students will then create a tree drawing of their own which visualizes the feeling of “LOVE” in the style of Expressionism.
A substitute will be able to teach this lesson with ease. A detailed lesson plan has been provided which includes student objectives, vocabulary, material list, and a step-by-step teaching procedure. Student handouts will guide the development of the drawing and aide in the understanding of terms. To conclude the lesson, a student response sheet has been created with two prompts that will encourage the students to reflect on their experience with Expressionism.
This lesson will require two 60-minute class periods for student completion. It is perfect for a two day art teacher absence OR for the teacher to bring the lesson to a close upon returning to the art room following an absence. (From past experience, I have found that my middle school art students take a substitute lesson more serious when I complete the lesson upon my return from an absence:-)
Preparing this lesson for a substitute teacher will take very little time. Just print the PowerPoint (be sure to print enough student handout copies), fill out the schedule/classroom information sheet, and print your attendance sheets. So very easy for an art teacher to prepare ahead of time for a planned absence or for those unexpected sick days.