In this lesson students use a tea bag to create a piece of art that communicates something that they love. This is a great lesson to teach how limits can enhance creativity. When art is finished students participate in a classroom critique.
In this lesson student will learn to:
•Go through the process of creating art, by filling out the planning worksheet, listing activities they love, associating those with images, finding reference and practicing images that they want to use in final art.
•Explore the bounds of creativity through limiting themselves to a small square surface on which to paint.
•Participate in classroom critique.
4 Page Lesson Plan with detailed process notes, National Visual Arts Standards, Big Ideas, Objectives, Essential Questions, Final outcomes, classroom critique discussion starters and guide.
15 Page Editable PowerPoint Presentation
Critique Instructions Sheet
Recommended for students grades 8-12 and/or college level.
National Visual Arts Standards
Anchor Standard #1. Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
Anchor Standard #2. Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
Anchor Standard #3. Refine and complete artistic work.
Anchor Standard #8. Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
Anchor Standard #10. Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art.
Anchor Standard #5. Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.
• High School Standards:
VA:Cr1.1.HSI Use multiple approaches to begin creative endeavors.
VA:Cr1.2.HSI Shape an artistic investigation of an aspect of present-day life using a contemporary practice of art or design.
VA:Cr2.2.HSI Explain how traditional and non-traditional materials may impact human health and the environment and demonstrate safe handling of materials, tools, and equipment.
VA:Cr3.1.HSII Engage in constructive critique with peers, then reflect on, re-engage, revise, and refine works of art and design in response to personal artistic vision.
VA:Re8.1.HSI Interpret an artwork or collection of works, supported by relevant and sufficient evidence found in the work and its various contexts.
VA:Cn10.1.HSI Document the process of developing ideas from early stages to fully elaborated ideas.
VA:Pr5.1.HSI Analyze and evaluate the reasons and ways an exhibition is presented.
• Middle School Standards:
VA:Cr1.2.6: Formulate an artistic investigation of personally relevant content for creating art.
VA:Cr2.1.6: Demonstrate openness in trying new ideas, materials, methods, and approaches in making works of art and design.
VA:Cr2.1.7: Demonstrate persistence in developing skills with various materials, methods,
approaches in creating works of art or design.
VA:Cr2.1.8: Demonstrate willingness to experiment, innovate, and take risks to pursue ideas, forms, and meanings that emerge in the process of art-making or designing.
VA:Cr3.1.6 Reflect on whether personal artwork conveys the intended meaning and revise accordingly.
VA:Re8.1.8 Interpret art by analyzing how the interaction of subject matter, characteristics of form and structure, use of media, art-making approaches, and relevant contextual information contributes to understanding messages or ideas and mood conveyed.
VA:Pr5.1.7 Based on criteria, analyze and evaluate methods for preparing and presenting art.
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