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Marisa Renee Brown

Middle School Experience: Preston Middle School

Lessons

Each of the following lesson plans includes:

  • objectives that are aligned to Colorado State Visual Arts Standards.

  • procedures with opportunities to access the materials in multiple modalities

  • transferrable concepts and enduring understandings

  • differentiation and extension in the form of accommodations and modifications

  • literacy, numeracy, and technology integration

  • formative and summative assessments

Photo 1: Angles Lesson
Darkroom Long Exposure
Darkroom Long Exposure

This image captures students working in the darkroom under safe-light. After creating their digital negatives, students used them to make silver gelatin prints.

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Digital Negative & Test Strip
Digital Negative & Test Strip

Students created large format negatives from digital files and used those to create darkroom prints. This image shows a negative and a test strip.

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Angle Assignment on Display
Angle Assignment on Display

Students utilized digital and darkroom technology to print images from their first assignment. After completing their prints, students compared and contrasted the images and wrote a reflective artist statement.

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Darkroom Long Exposure
Darkroom Long Exposure

This image captures students working in the darkroom under safe-light. After creating their digital negatives, students used them to make silver gelatin prints.

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In the first lesson of Photo 1, students investigated the effects of perspective on expression by photographing subject matter of their choice three angles: eye-level, from the hip, and foot-level. Before beginning the assignment, students answered guiding questions to brainstorm subjects and angles. Students then edited their images in Adobe Photoshop CC. From their files, students created a digital print and a digital negative on transparency film. After exploring the art historical uses of digital negatives, the transparency was taken into the darkroom and printed using traditional processes. After printing their pictures, students reflected on their creative process and compositional choices by writing an artist statement. 
Art 1: Mandalas About Me
Collaborative Intro Activity
Collaborative Intro Activity

Students were broken into groups of two, four, or six to collaboratively practice employing radial symmetry. Taking turns, each student drew a shape or line which every student must copy in order to maintain symmetry.

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Collaborative Intro Activity
Collaborative Intro Activity

On the first day of the lesson, students collaborated to implement radial symmetry.

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Students Writing Artist Statements
Students Writing Artist Statements

After the activity, students continued to reflect by writing artist statements.

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Collaborative Intro Activity
Collaborative Intro Activity

Students were broken into groups of two, four, or six to collaboratively practice employing radial symmetry. Taking turns, each student drew a shape or line which every student must copy in order to maintain symmetry.

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In this lesson, students investigated their own interests and characteristics by creating a mandala with symbols relating to their identity. Students discovered the mandalas of Monks from Seraje Monastery, Kathy Klein, and Jennifer Zackinís before exploring radial symmetry kinetically and collaboratively. Then, students brainstormed their symbols and colors by completing graphic organizers. The final designs were executed using compasses, colored pencils, and felt tip pens. After completing their mandalas, students reflected interpersonally, by participating in reflective activity, and intrapersonally, by writing an artist statement. 

 

Photo 1: Earth Art Photography
Photo 1 Students in Process
Photo 1 Students in Process

Photo 1 students created and photographed earth art sculptures in the park after investigating Andy Goldsworthy and Kathy Klein.

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Photo 1 Collaborative Earth Artwork
Photo 1 Collaborative Earth Artwork

Students took advantage of the changing leaves to add color to their earth artworks.

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A Compeleted and Mounted Print
A Compeleted and Mounted Print

Students chose one image to print and present for reflection and assessment.

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Photo 1 Students in Process
Photo 1 Students in Process

Photo 1 students created and photographed earth art sculptures in the park after investigating Andy Goldsworthy and Kathy Klein.

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To begin this project, students researched and explored the work of Andy Goldsworthy and Kathy Klein. Next, the class went to a nearby park to create and photograph collaborative earth art sculptures. Students discovered the way space determines shape by arranging natural materials. After capturing their images, students edited them with Adobe Photoshop CC and created digital prints. Students defended their artistic choices by writing an artist statement.


 

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