These lessons will help students develop an understanding of the seven principles of art, learn the vocabulary surrounding each principle, and view photographs that successfully showcase each principle. Students will also get a brief history of photography from the 1900s to today.
—An introduction to:
1. The Pictorial photographers of the 1900s and the principle of contrast.
2. The Modernist photographers of the 1910-1940s and the principle of pattern.
3. Dorothea Lange and the principle of balance.
4. Ansel Adams and the principle of rhythm.
5. The Civil Rights Movement and the principle of emphasis.
6. Photojournalists from 9/11 and the principle of movement.
7. Photographer JR and the principle of unity.
—Vocabulary words and definitions.
—Images and examples.
—Graphic organizers to help teach students the steps of describing, analyzing, interpreting, and judging images.
—Additional higher-level questions connecting students to the time period, photographer, and/or the artwork.
—Links to additional resources.
NATIONAL CORE ARTS STANDARDS: Visual Arts Connecting
#VA:Cn11.1 Anchor Standard: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.
#VA:Re7.1 Anchor Standard: Perceive and analyze artistic work.
#VA:Re8.1 Anchor Standard: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
#VA:Re9.1 Anchor Standard: Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work.
COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS: College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.1: Make logical inferences from the text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.7: Integrate content presented in diverse media and formats.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.1: Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.2: Write informative/explanatory texts
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.4: Present information, findings, and supporting evidence.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.5: Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.L.4: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown words
Text is written at a high school 9th grade proficient level but could be differentiated to fit other levels.