Marc Chagall: I and the Village African Tribal Art: Banda Mask Discussion

Marc Chagall: I and the Village
African Tribal Art: Banda Mask
Students learn about Marc Chagall and his painting I and the Village. They discuss Chagall’s use of
fantasy and realistic images to tell a story about
his own life. They identify the use of primary and
secondary colors, geometric shapes, and realistic
and abstract images. They find profile and frontal
faces. They compare designs of objects in this
painting with objects in their own environment.
Students learn about African tribal masks, how
they are carved from wood, and how they are
used in ceremonies. They discuss the placement of facial features and their human and
animal characteristics. They identify 3-D geometric shapes, natural color pigments, angular
lines, and rough and smooth textures.
Project: Story About Me
Students sketch faces, draw self-portraits, pets,
upside-down houses, favorite foods, and sports.
They mix and paint a wash with secondary colors.
Project: African-style Mask
Students sketch faces in proportion and
create collage sculptures of symmetrical
masks, using lines and geometric patterns
inspired by tribal masks.
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Paul Klee: Sinbad the Sailor
Students learn about Klee’s fanciful painting
and discuss realistic and abstract parts of the
story. They identify the vertical and horizontal
patterns in the background and the curving,
and angular lines and geometric shapes in the
figures. They describe how contrasting colors
create mood.
Project: Fingerpaint Underwater Scene
Students sketch fish and sea creatures. They
fingerpaint underwater scenes using expressive lines.
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Polynesian Art: Tapa Cloth
Students learn about tapa cloth from the
Polynesian Islands. They talk about how tapa
cloth is made using natural materials and
pigments. They identify geometric shapes
and symmetrical and balanced patterns. In a
sample of real Polynesian tapa cloth they see
the patterns that make visual texture and feel
the actual rough texture of the bark.
Project: Printed Tapa Designs
Students sketch symmetrical designs. They
print patterns, inspired by Polynesian designs,
with positive and negative shapes.
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Georges Seurat: The Circus
Students analyze The Circus. They discuss
Seurat’s use of color to create a mood and
his style of Pointillism, or painting with dots.
They identify the primary and secondary colors
and the patterns of straight and jagged lines.
They see how distance is shown by the size of
objects in the foreground, middle ground, and
Project: Pointillist Butterflies
Students sketch butterflies with symmetrical
patterns. They paint butterflies, using Seurat’s
Pointillist style.
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Pieter Bruegel: Winter Scene
Students analyze Bruegel’s landscape and learn
about how people lived in Holland during the
16th century. Students learn how size, placement, and detail show perspective, or distance.
They identify foreground, middle ground, and
background and the horizon line.
Project: Winter Landscape
Students draw houses, figures in the middle
ground, and snowmen or trees in the foreground. They color winter landscapes with oil
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Native American: Tlingit Rattle
Students learn about a ceremonial rattle in
the shape of an imaginary animal with realistic
features. They identify the shapes and details
that make the imaginary animal appear realistic. They identify the actual and visual textures.
They talk about how the photograph shows
the rounded forms of a 3-D object.
Project: Clay Animal
Students sketch arctic animals and sculpt
animals from clay.
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Monet: Bridge over a Pool of Water Lilies
Students analyze Monet’s painting of water
lilies and see how small brushstrokes and
impasto paint show sunlight. They identify
Impressionist styles that use color to create
mood. They see how actual texture captures
the impression of light on plants and water.
They talk about Monet’s perspective in the
foreground, middle ground, and background.
Project: Impressionist Garden
Students sketch landscapes and paint
Impressionist landscapes with actual and visual
texture, using tempera paint.
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Romare Bearden: She-Ba
Egyptian Stela: Lector Priest of Amun
Students learn about how Bearden uses collage and overlapping shapes to tell the story
of the Queen of Sheba. They identify how
repeated colors and shapes give rhythm to the
picture. They find positive and negative space,
angular lines, and contrasting colors.
Students analyze an Egyptian stone stela of an
Egyptian-style portrait and still life. They learn
about stylized Egyptian portrait painting. They
learn how Egyptians carved pictures in stone
and used natural pigments to paint them. They
find actual and visual textures.
Project: Collage Figure
Students sketch figures in proportion and use
textured and colored paper to create abstract
figures in proportion. They cut and layer overlapping paper to show negative space.
Project: Egyptian Figure
Students sketch contour figures in Egyptian
stylized poses and draw Egyptian-style figures
and hieroglyphics, using variations in line,
color, shape, and texture, to tell stories.
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Miró: People and Dog in the Sun
Students talk about People and Dog in the Sun
and learn about Miró’s technique of automatic drawing to start an abstract picture and
express his feelings. They identify how the
expressive lines and organic shapes make a
balanced composition. They find positive and
negative spaces in this abstract composition.
Project: Color Doodles
Students use Miró’s automatic drawing techniques and create abstract works of art, using
chalk pastels.
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Jackson Pollock: Composition
Students learn about Jackson Pollock and
how he dripped and poured paint to create
action paintings. They identify primary colors
and overlapping shapes and lines, but they
discover they cannot find objects in this nonobjective painting. They observe the way
expressive lines and contrasting colors create
the appearance of depth and movement.
Project: Action Painting
Students paint expressive lines to show movement, overlap colors to show depth, and create non-objective compositions.
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