Helen Frankenthaler Color Field Paintings
Frida Kahlo Self Portraits
Maynard Dixon Landscape and Perspective
Maya Lin Memorials and Public Art
CY Twombly An Introduction to the elements of art
Edwin Parker “Cy” Twombly Jr. (1928- 2011) was an American painter, sculptor and photographer known for his calligraphic and graffiti-like works on solid fields of mostly gray, tan, or off-white colors. Students take inspiration from his artwork and other abstract artists of that time while studying the element of art – line- to create their own abstraction.
Friedensreich Hundertwasser // Scratchboard Landscapes
Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928 – 2000) was an Austrian-born artist and architect who worked also in the field of environmental protection. Although Hundertwasser first achieved notoriety for his boldly-colored paintings, he is more widely known for his individual architectural designs. These designs use irregular forms, and incorporate natural features of the landscape and are known for imaginative vitality and uniqueness. After an overview of landscape techniques, students will use a scratchboard to create an imaginative landscape in the style of Hundertwasser.
Art and the Environment: Laurel True Mosaics
Art and the Environment is the focus of this lesson. Students will learn about Laurel True, an artist, educator and community builder based in New Orleans. She has been creating architectural, public and community-based mosaic art for almost 25 years. Working with ceramic tile, glass, mirror and recycled building materials such as brick, concrete and asphalt, she designs and creates murals and sculptural forms for public, commercial and residential settings, and as street art around the globe. In the style of True, students will use recycled materials to make mosaic art.
Marc Chagall: Expressionism/Cubism
Marc Chagall’s (1887-1985) poetic, figurative style made him one of the most popular modern artists, while his long life and prolific career made him one of the most internationally recognized. While committed to figurative and narrative art, Chagall’s art harkens to cubism and expressionism. A dream-like quality is characteristic of most of Chagall’s work and was called “supernatural.” Students will learn watercolor techniques and use their imagination or an image from a dream to create a scene in the style of Chagall.
Black History Month: Faith Ringgold
Black History Month is a celebration of Black American achievements and an opportunity to honor the critical role of African Americans in U.S. history. In line with this important month, the focus is on artist Faith Ringgold. Ringgold took the traditional craft of quilt making (which has its roots in the slave culture of the south – pre-civil war era) and re-interpreted its function to tell stories of her life and those of others in the black community. Students will learn about primary, secondary and complimentary colors to make a paper quilt collage in Ringgold’s style.
Amedeo Modigliani: Self Portraits
Amedeo Modigliani’s (1884 – 1920) modern portraiture achieves a unique combination of specificity and generalization. His portraits convey his subjects’ personalities while his trademark stylization and use of recurring motifs such as the long necks and almond-shaped eyes – unifies the look. In the style of Modigliani, students will create their own self-portraits.
Alex Calder: 3D Kinetic Sculpture
Alex Calder, founder of the mobile, creates 3-dimensional, kinetic and expressionistic sculptures. Students will learn about this artist and his work. They will create a sculpture that expresses elements of art, demonstrates balance, weight distribution, composition and can stand alone in the style of Calder.
John Nieto: Native American Culture
Students will learn about the artist, John Nieto, and his style of artwork that incorporates images of Native American culture. Students will create a teepee in the style of Nieto. They will use chalk pastels and explore blending and mixing.
Romero Britto: Symbolism
Students will learn about the artist Romero Britto and his neo-pop style of art that includes cubism, pop art and graffiti painting. Students will also learn about symbolism and how it is represented in art. Talking about symbols of America such the American Flag, Statue of Liberty and a bald eagle, students will discuss why these symbols represent aspects of the United States. Students will then create their own bald eagle in the style of Romero Britto.
Gustav Klimt: Elements of Art
Students will learn about the artist Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) and his decorative art style. Klimt was a twentieth century master of decorative art, a visual art style known for hosting design and ornamentation of items. Students will also learn about the elements of art and how they are portrayed in Klimt’s artwork. Students will use these elements with verbal directives to create their own “Tree of Life”, one of Klimt’s most famous works, in his decorative style.
Plein Air Painting: Utah’s Plein Air Painters
Students will learn about Plein Air (French for “open air” or “outside”) painting and some Plein Air Utah artists such as Doug Braithwaite, John Hughes, Susan Gallacher, Kate Starling, Roland Lee, Suzette Gertsch and more. Understanding that there are many ways to draw and paint outside, students will review landscape painting basics and head outside to create their own Plein Air landscape in its natural setting with natural light.
A Closer Look: Georgia O’Keefe
Spring has sprung and out come all the beautiful flowers! Students will learn about the artist Georgia O’ Keefe and her work, particularly her flowers that are painted from an up close and personal look. Teachers will read “Through Georgia’s Eyes” to introduce students to this important artist and her style of work. Emphasizing the idea of looking closer at details of an image, students will use magnifying glasses or a closer look of flowers or objects to draw and paint their image in the style of O’Keefe.
March 2nd marks the birthday of Dr. Seuss. In line with his birthday, the photograph of Park City’s iconic McPolin Barn, students will utilize language art to envision an imaginary landscape and learn landscape techniques to realize their vision. Teachers will read all or part of Seuss’ book to students to prompt discussions about real and imagined places. Using a photograph of McPolin barn, students will add their imagined ideas to the image using learned landscape skills. Their art will tell the story.
Op Art: Bridget Riley Valentine Op Art Heart
Students will learn about the artist Bridget Riley and her work in Optical Art (Op Art). Riley (1931-present) is a British artist known for bringing about the Op Art movement. Op Art is a style of visual art that uses precise patterns and color to create optical illusions. Op art works are abstract, with many better known pieces created in black and white. Typically, they give the viewer the impression of movement, hidden images, flashing and vibrating patterns, or of swelling or warping. After learning about Bridget Riley and the Op Art movement, students will create an Op Art heart and background for Valentine’s Day.
Roy Lichtenstein: Pop Art Comic Book Style Self-Portraits
Students will learn about the artist and work of Roy Lichtenstein. Lichtenstein (1923-1997) was an American painter who is well known for his pop art depictions of everyday objects. His paintings are instantly recognizable as he often simulated the Ben-Day dot patterns present in the commercial printing of comic books, newspapers, and other mainstream media. Many find his art to be exciting and approachable because of the minimal primary palette, and the comic inspired subject matter. After learning about comics and cartoon faces, in the style of Lichtenstein, students will create a comic self portrait.
Jeff Koons: Popular Culture – 3D Art
Students will learn about the artist and work of Jeff Koons. He is an American artist known for working with popular culture subjects and his reproductions of banal objects—such as balloon animals produced in stainless steel with mirror-finish surfaces. Using clay, students will make their own Koons like balloon animal while learning about 3D art, composition and spatial awareness.
Native American Heritage Day: Printmaking
Students will be introduced to the Native American Heritage Day which is designed to celebrate and honor the accomplishments and contributions of Native Americans. After learning about the significance of Native American symbols and the meanings of color use, students will create their own symbols. Students will learn the art of printmaking to print their symbols using relevant colors.
Jean Dubuffet: Art Brut and Symbolic Figures
Students will learn about the artist and work of Jean Dubuffet, including the Art Brut movement, and his graphic style Hourloupe. Exploring Dubuffet’s iconic color use of red, white, blue and black, students will create 2D and/or 3D symbolic figures and objects in the Hourloupe style of Jean Dubuffet.
Frank Lloyd Wright: Stained Glass Windows – Light Screens Elements of Art
Students will learn about Frank Lloyd Wright (1867 – 1959), a famous American architect known not only for the houses, buildings and interior spaces he designed, but also for the stained glass/light screens he created using color and geometric shapes and patterns. Students will use elements of art to create their own light screen designs in the style of Frank Lloyd Wright.
Picasso and Cubism: Self Portraits
This lesson focuses on Cubism, a revolutionary style of modern art, and on its co-founder, Pablo Picasso, one of the world’s most famous artists. Cubist art depicts real people, places or objects, from an array of viewpoints. In the Cubist style, students will create self-portraits focusing on shape, viewpoint and composition.
Movement in Art: Degas Dancers, Pattern and Unity
This lesson focuses on pattern, unity and creating movement in visual art. Students will learn about Edgar Degas, a French impressionist visual artist who is especially identified with the subject of dance and was a master in depicting movement. Students will invoke movement by creating dancers ala Degas and place them on scratchboard backgrounds that have been designed using concepts of pattern and unity.
Dr. Seuss, Beverly Joubert
March 2nd marks the birthday of Dr. Seuss. In line with his birthday, the work of Beverly Joubert, artist, photographer, and explorer in residence with National Geographic, students will focus on art as activism, language arts and environmental issues. Teachers will read all or part of Seuss’ book The Lorax to students to prompt discussions about environmental issues. Students will learn about Beverly and Dereck Joubert and their fight to save the rhinos, cats and elephants from distinction. Beverly’s photography is her unique call to action, to have others become aware of these animals through their beauty and their stories. Students will illustrate an image to depict either messages from The Lorax or an environmental issue such as endangered animals, air pollution etc. Their art will tell the story. Descriptive language may complement the poster.
Jim Dine & Pop Art
This lesson introduces art techniques of value and shading. Students will learn about the pop artist Jim Dine and his work. By working with hearts in the style of Jim Dine, students will practice value and shading both with single hearts and intersecting hearts while experimenting with color and contrast.
This lesson introduces the art of figure drawing by studying shape and form. Students will learn about and draw the basic shapes that comprise the human figure. They will practice drawing the wooden figure in a variety of poses from a range of angles. In studying the structure of the human figure, students will understand proportion and relationship of parts to one another.
Southern Utah Landscapes – The Arches
This lesson introduces the art of drawing landscapes by exploring Southern Utah Landscape icons, the Arches. Students will learn about the horizon line, the foreground and background of landscape images. By learning how arches are formed, students will incorporate new art skills with geographic information to create their own landscape drawing of an arch located in the Arches National Park in Utah.
Giant Kites of Guatemala – Day of the Dead
These lessons introduce the giant kites of Guatemala, an element of Day of the Dead observances in two highland villages north of Antigua, Guatemala. Students will learn about the cultural significance of this Mayan tradition and can make a children’s version of the kite (requires purchase of a kite kit). Additionally, students can learn about: visual arts elements and principles (shape, rhythm & color, radial balance); Spanish language vocabulary and grammar; interpreting explicit and implicit cultural messages.
Peter Max – Pop Art
Students will work with various art supplies to create symbolic gures and objects. Students will explore the work of Peter Max and the pop art culture. Also, students will explore color, the use of color, and its application in conveying meaning and feeling in art partiicularly that of pop culture. In the spirit of Peter Max, students will create a verison of the Statue of Liberty and create their own symbols for freedom.
Charley Harper – Elements of Art
Students will learn about Charley Harper (1922 – 2004), an American illustrator beloved for his delightful, graphic, and often humorous illustrations of birds, animals, insects, and people alike. HIs unique and precise style – which he called minimal realism – continues to resonate and inspire his admirers today. Students will use elements of art to create birds, animals ot insects in the style of Charley Harper.
Students will learn about Street Art, its history and evolution. They will explore the differences between Street Art and Graffiti and talk about why Street Art can be controversial. Students will learn about a well known street artist named Banksy and his work and style as well as look at samples of street art from aroud the world. Students will use stencils, paints and pens to create their own personal brand in the form of street art.
Environmental Art: Exploration of Spiral Jetty
Students will learn about environmental art by focusing on Spiral Jetty at Great Salt Lake, Utah. To contextualize Spiral Jetty, students will learn about the Jetty’s creator, Robert Smithson, as well as the birds and habitat of Great Salt Lake. Using a variety of media, students will render both their version of Spiral Jetty and one of the birds that that migrate through and/or nest at Great Salt Lake.
Students will explore the relationships between images and words by looking at illustrated children’s books to see how illustrations and texts can relate to and strengthen one another. Students will listen to excerpts and/or an entire children’s story. They will then illustrate the prescribed portion they heard to visually communicate the meaning and/or story.
Graphic Design: Introduction to Typography
Students will learn about design and graphic design through presentation, discussion, and hands on experience. They will review the elements and principles of graphic design as well as ideas that make a design distinctive. Through the lesson plan, students will work with a single Roman letter as an introduction to new ways of visualizing, thinking, and talking about art and design. Students will transform the letter and its negative spaces into an image of a word.
Self-Portraits, Paul Klee: Expressionism, Cubism, Surrealism
Students will work with various art supplies to create a self-portrait. Students will explore various artists’ self-portraits to see possible ways to render a self-portrait. Additionally students will learn about Paul Klee whose highly individual style was influenced by movements in art that included expressionism, cubism, and surrealism.
Antoni Gaudi: Architecture, Art Nouveau, Natural Forms
Students will use elements of art and design with various art supplies to build their own 3-D masterpieces in the celebrated architectural style of Antoni Gaudi. Students will learn about the history and work of Gaudi whose style is fluid and organic. His later work, which is classified as Art Nouveau, combines many styles and shapes. Because of its relationship to natural forms, his architecture is often compared to dragons or sandcastles.
Dia de los Muertos: Color Exploration of Warm and Cool Colors
Students will learn about the Day of the Dead holiday to include history, symbols, colors, rituals and cultures. They will also study color through the exploration of warm and cool colors. Students will create two skulls that are iconic to Day of the Dead, one will be made out of warm colors and the other will be made out of cold colors. Through this lesson students will experience how colors are powerful expressions of cultures, holidays and traditions.
Symbolism, Modern Art, Collage, American Flag, Personal Flag
Students will work with various art supplies to create symbolism with objects and words. Students will explore the technique of collage and how it can impact their work with symbolism. Additionally students will learn about Jasper Johns whose work is known for symbolism, pop art, cross hatching and collage. Students will study the American Flag and then create their own version of the American Flag and define what it means to them.
Principles of Art
Students will work with various art supplies with the goal of exploration and experimentation with elements of art. Students will use different drawing tools to create lines, shapes, patterns and color and explores how different media tools can help them express ideas and feelings. Students will also learn about Joan Miro, a famous artist who used elements of art to convey meaning, symbol, and composition.