This Art History lesson can be used as a stand alone Art lesson or in conjunction with a lesson on Ecology, social studies or science. This lesson could also be used as a classroom science/art center.
This lesson can be used by an Art educator but one need not be a trained Art Educator or professional Designer to use this lesson effectively and to bring creativity and the brainstorming/ design process to students in a classroom setting.
This worksheet guides the students through the art project and can be kept as a formative assessment.
Students will study a bird from life, models, reference photos or could create a bird from imagination. The project guides the student through the design of the project first by introducing focal point and composition, visual examples are given and the student must create thumbnail sketches of his or her own compositions "variety" must be used.
Next the student must sketch the plant life in the bird's habitat using the thumbnail squares provided, finally the student will study the Art of Audubon, the foreground, Middle and background and create 2 thumbnail sketches of his or her own work including all the elements, there is a peer review and once a peer has been consulted the student will begin the final sketch.
This process helps to keep the student on task and introduces target common core art vocabulary. (Art Elements and Principles of Design) Bringing art Education into the sciences can help to engage students in the learning process.