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The Elements of Art and Principles of Design on 3D Forms

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Students will design ceramic forms based on specific Elements of Art and Principles of Design presented. The students may print out the handout and use colored pencils to create their design, they can create them digitally or they can use this handout as a guide to recreate ceramic forms in their sketchbooks. 

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Assessment, Homework/Assignment, Visual Media

Author: Stacey Grieff

Designing a Mechanical Invention for the Ocean Ecosystem

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In this activity, you will design a device that will substantially impact our environment. You can write words around your device’s image to help explain your ideas. This device does not have to be realistic. See the example of how to draw a device prototype below. An example of an approach could be to create a sizable water Roomba-like device that cleans the top of a body of water and burns the trash collected. This process turns the trash into oxygen.

Material Type: Lesson

Authors: Jamie Marquitz, Jessica Brown, Candice Anthony-Cazenave, Amy Erb

It's Getting Hot in Here - Environmental - Art, Science, and Changes

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 Today, you want to discuss how artists can help bring awareness of environmental changes through art. Introduce a few artists that use environmental change as their theme. It is a good idea to have several artists that use different kinds of mediums. Examples: Nils-Udo, Andy Goldsworthy, Richard Shilling, Agnes Denes, Chris Jordan, Benjamin Von Wong, Olafur Eliasson, Amanda Schachter, Rachel Sussman, and Mathilde Roussel. These are some environmental artists of different backgrounds and diversity that work in different medians.  Discuss how posters have been used to educate others on environmental changes. Show your teacher’s example of an educational and artistic environmental poster. Talk about your poster and the environmental concept that you chose as an example of not only the artwork but on a presentation as well.

Material Type: Lesson

Authors: Jamie Marquitz, Jessica Brown, Candice Anthony-Cazenave, Amy Erb

Graphing and Weaving in Art

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1. Have the students bring a Math graphing problem that they have been working on in class.  **This will take some coordination with their homeroom teacher in order to work! or present a simple graphing problem for them to solve.  It needs to have 3-4 variables. This is so that they can use 3-4 coordinating colors of yarn for their design.In this lesson, we will translate the bar graph chart into a horizontal graph design.  Use the numbers to represent rows of weaving. For example, if a 5 is represented in the information then color in a section of rows on the graph paper to represent 5 rows that will be woven in that color. Tell the students to use the same colors that they have on their math bar graph, when creating their graph for weaving so that there is less confusion. 

Material Type: Lesson

Authors: Jamie Marquitz, Jessica Brown, Candice Anthony-Cazenave, Amy Erb

Digital Images, Advertising, and the Influences on Art

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 Objectives: Students will be able to identify hidden images in visual media. Students will identify themes in images.Students will identify supportive evidence in images.Students will identify if the image is a fact or opinion, persuasive, or informational. Students will be able to identify encoded messages in visual images. Students will be able to identify a creative practice to reflect on hidden meanings in visual images.

Material Type: Lesson

Authors: Jamie Marquitz, Jessica Brown, Candice Anthony-Cazenave, Amy Erb

Regions of Virginia and Art

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Demonstrate how to draw a landscape outline using foreground, middle ground and background.  Tell the students that they will need to choose two different VA landscapes to draw including details and color.Draw an outline in pencil of the first regional landscape of your choice.Discuss colored pencil techniques.  When coloring in your drawings, use several different colors and shades of a color as well as how to vary the pressure on your pencil to add depth to your drawing. Have students pass out supplies.Students write what two regions of their choice on the back of their first landscape drawing.  Students work independently on their first landscape. 

Material Type: Lesson

Authors: Jamie Marquitz, Jessica Brown, Candice Anthony-Cazenave, Amy Erb

Fractions in Art

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Using 3rd grade objectives, listed above, the student will be assessed on at the end of the project. The student will - -used 5 or more different fractions with different denominators (1/1, ½, ⅔. 3/4, 4/6,⅛) - used a different tool/material/idea for each “mini project”- wrote a short explanation for each work of art. (1/1 is a picture of my dog) - am prepared to share my work in class with my peers. Bonus - Extended my thinking creating Fraction Art with a mixed number - 1 1/3

Material Type: Lesson

Authors: Jamie Marquitz, Jessica Brown, Candice Anthony-Cazenave, Amy Erb

Weathering, Erosion, and Art

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Day OneHelp the students to choose the types of weathering and erosion for their project and then make like groups: Ice, water, and wind. After looking at several photos for inspirations the students will sketch the landscape depicting their chosen weathering and erosion.  Remind the students to think about their landscapes and choose colors and details that would help the audience understand the erosion that is taking place in the picture.Discuss painting techniques and how to create shades and tints of color to add depths and shadows to their paintings. 

Material Type: Lesson

Authors: Jamie Marquitz, Jessica Brown, Candice Anthony-Cazenave, Amy Erb