This is designed to serve as an initial research and writing project to complement the Media and Techniques learning in the standard middle school curriculum and to provide a strong Writing Across the Curriculum element. It also serves to provide historical context to the Media and Techniques portion of the course and meets requirements for Analysis and Interpretation standards.
The project involves some research (Internet, library, or both) and writing about the artist chosen, their artwork, and the student’s reaction to the work. I have found this to be a valuable project on a number of levels providing context, historical perspective, an opportunity to articulate and defend one’s aesthetic opinions, and practice writing on three overlapping topics in one paper. If time permits, allowing the students to present their papers to the class provides another positive educational component.
Included is a list of relevant major Western artists with some thumbnail representations to help students make personally relevant choices.
Minnesota State Educational Standards Addressed:
22.214.171.124.1 Analyze how the elements of visual art including color, line, shape, value, form, texture and space are used in the creation of, presentation of, or response to visual artworks.
126.96.36.199.2 Analyze how the principles of visual art, such as repetition, pattern, emphasis, contrast and balance are used in the creation, presentation of, or response to visual artworks
188.8.131.52.1 Analyze and interpret a variety of visual artworks using established criteria.
184.108.40.206.2 Synthesize and express an individual view of the meaning and functions of visual art.
220.127.116.11.3 Analyze how the characteristics of Western and non-Western styles, movements, and genres in art contribute to the creation of, presentation of, or response to artworks.
18.104.22.168.1 Analyze, interpret and evaluate works of visual art by applying self-selected criteria within the traditions of the art form.
Writing Across the Curriculum
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