In this unit, student artists study the work of the artist Jacob Lawrence, learning about how he depicted African Americans in Harlem, showing everyday scenes and moments. They then create a sketchbook, sketch their own neighborhoods, and create a collage using color to highlight the action.
I like how I made the front door peaking out behind the pillars holding up the front porch and the giant window in front of our porch. And the plants in the front just above the curb and the arborvitae that has sticks on our side. And the car driving up to the garage and the driveway under the car.
Scope & Sequence:
Lesson 1: In this lesson, student artists create their own sketchbooks and begin sketching out things that they frequently see around their neighborhood.
Lesson 2: In this lesson, student artists learn about color mixing, including tones and shades, by working on collaborative color pieces.
Lesson 3: In this lesson, student artists choose either a warm or a cool color scheme, then collage their background. They will have two days to work on this.
Lesson 4: In this lesson, student artists have a second day to finish collaging their background.
Lesson 5: Students complete their covers with watercolor.
Lesson 6: In this lesson, student artists add people, animals, and objects to their piece using collage. They use the opposite color family from the previous weeks (example: if they used warm colors last week, they will use cool colors this week).
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The above will take you to a supply list that assumes a class size of 30. Adjust according to your needs.
Books & Media:
Optional (for early finishers):
line, shape/form, color
proportion/scale, balance, emphasis
National Core Visual Art Standards: VA:Cr1.1.1a, VA:Cr1.2.2a, VA:Cr1.2.3a, VA:Cr2.1.1a, VA:Cr2.1.2a, VA:Cr2.1.3a, VA:Cr3.1.2a, VA:Cr3.1.3a, VA:Re.7.2.1a, VA:Re.7.2.3a
Language arts & writing (reading and developing stories)
Common Core Standards:
RL.2.2, RL.3.2, RL.2.3, RL.3.3, RL.1.7, RL.2.7, RL.3.7, W.1.7, W 2.7, W.1.8, W.2.8, SL.1.1a, SL.2.1a, SL.1.1b, SL.2.1b, SL.1.3, SL.2.3, SL.1.5, 1.G.2