Teaching Critical Thinking Strategies in the Classroom through Aesthetic Experiences Modern Art Comparison Amanda Aiken Classrooms by Design, Showcase August 13, 2009
Objectives <ul><li>Students will: </li></ul><ul><li>view and discuss of modern art that reflect the time period stretching from the 1920s-1940s </li></ul><ul><li>be able to analyze how art is reflection of events in history </li></ul><ul><li>research and find their own works of art </li></ul><ul><li>create a narrated slideshow discussing the background and meaning of 3 paintings and artists </li></ul><ul><li>create their own their own work of art that reflects today’s world </li></ul>Grade Level: 11th Course: AP European History
Day 1 <ul><li>Students view artwork from the 1920s – 1940s and discuss how art was a reflection of the time period </li></ul><ul><li>Students research artwork from the time period </li></ul><ul><li>Student will select 3 pieces of artwork to analyze on their own </li></ul>
Day 2 <ul><li>Student will create narrated or descriptive slideshows of artwork that includes a reflection of the time period and information about the artist. Students may either narrate or include markers and captions to help explain their choices. </li></ul><ul><li>Students will post their slideshows to our class blackboard site </li></ul>
Day 3 <ul><li>Students will create their piece of modern art that reflects today’s society </li></ul>
<ul><li>Creating an Artistic Response to the Contemporary World </li></ul><ul><li>AP European History </li></ul><ul><li>Overview </li></ul><ul><li>Just as the artists whose work you have seen responded to their world, you will create a piece of art – using illustrations, symbols, pictures, or other graphic elements – that represents your personal response to some aspect of the contemporary world. </li></ul><ul><li>You may choose to comment on any aspect of the world today, including technology, human relations, family, education, government, industry, war, violence, or politics. </li></ul><ul><li>The mood of your piece may be hopeful, admiring, critical, ambivalent, or simply observational. </li></ul><ul><li>Requirements </li></ul><ul><li>create your own artistic work (painting, drawing, poem, collage, sculpture, etc). Please DO NOT feel compelled to buy expensive art materials. Think beyond, however, a simple magazine collage. (You knew how to do that in grade school) </li></ul><ul><li>determine an appropriate and creative title for your piece </li></ul><ul><li>write a one page “artist’s statement” (please type) that explains your piece and its view of the contemporary world. Consider: what is the overall message? How did you attempt to communicate that in your piece? What materials did you use and why? A viewer should be able to read the statement and clearly understand the intent of your art piece. </li></ul>
Assessment Rubric Artwork is created and it is above and beyond expectations of creativity and effort Artwork is created and there are noticeable attempts at extra effort and creativity Artwork is created and satisfies the objectives Made a creation but no objectives of the assignment are met Creation of Modern Art Example Slideshow was accurate and displayed a high level of quality and effort Slideshow has accurate information and shows effort in creation Slideshow has accurate information but lacks quality Slideshow is unfinished or doesn’t meet the objectives Slideshow Creation Presentation information is accurate, creative and goes above and beyond expectations Presentation is accurate and creative Presentation information is accurate but lacks quality Did not present information that met the objectives Slideshow Presentation Went above and beyond classroom discussion, led some of the discussion Fully participated in class discussion Sometimes participated with discussion Did not participate in classroom discussion Participation in group discussion of artwork Total Exemplary 4 Above Expectations 3 Basic 2 Below Expectations 1 Art Comparison
Reflection After creating this lesson and having students work through the components, this is definitely something I would like to weave into my current curriculum. The students enjoyed the opportunity to analyze the art and be creative in their own way even though some claimed they were less artistic than others. This lesson will be one I share with my other Advanced Placement European History colleagues. This lesson would allow our AP students to explore their creativity while learning the objectives of modern art they need to meet their standards.