Not all artists use pencils, paint, and clay in their artwork. Some artists chose to get their message across by using tires, LEGOS, paper, chocolate, and even garbage.
This lesson will introduce students to unconventional art media while guiding them through higher level thinking. A great way to lead students through image analysis with a graphic organizer to teach students the steps of describing, analyzing, interpreting, and judging images.
NOT JUST FOR ART TEACHERS! Use this lesson to incorporate visuals and image analysis into your curriculum.
Students will learn about artists who use unconventional media, view images of their work, and observe and respond to visual images — an excellent way to align your classroom to the National Core Arts and Common Core State Standards.
—A brief description of unconventional media
—Images and descriptions of artwork from Chakaia Booker, Nathan Sawaya, Vik Muniz, and JR
—A description of the principle of art: movement.
—A graphic organizer to help students develop visual literacy. Students will describe, analyze, interpret, and judge images from the lesson.
—Links for additional resources.
Combine this lesson with “Element of Art: Texture” and “Photojournalism and 9/11” to create an art unit that covers the four art processes: Creating, Presenting, Responding, and Connecting.
NATIONAL CORE ARTS STANDARDS: Visual Arts Responding
#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: Read closely and make logical inferences.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.7: Integrate and evaluate 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.
Questions are written at a high school 9-10th grade proficient level but could be differentiated to fit other levels.