In this unit, student artists learn about different types of chimeras in cultures ranging from Japanese to Ancient Greek and Roman. They then create their own chimera creature; they create it using printmaking, then draw and paint an appropriate environment for it.
My creature’s name is Zorgult. Its purpose is that it is a creature from the depths of Tartarus along with many other dangerous creatures. Some people try to wander to the portal site at Dragon Rock, which is a remote lava and stone island that has a dragon mouth shaped cave with a portal opener inside. But, if someone tries to open up the portal, first they’ll let out humanoid monsters, sea dwelling monsters and air monsters. And then, they’ll let out monsters with no end to their hunger that will eat anything. Sadly, even dirt. Some flying beasts are dragons, and the monster’s minions. And the final thing to come out of the portal would be the the Zorgult.
Scope & Sequence:
Lesson 1: In this lesson, student artists are introduced to different kinds of mythological (specifically chimera) creatures from different cultures. They are then asked to brainstorm some of their own by playing a game with the other students in the classroom.
Lesson 2: In this lesson, student artists learn about texture, create their own creature on a printmaking plate, and use printmaking to create multiple copies.
Lesson 3: In this lesson, student artists draw the the environment for their creature, making sure to include details that help to tell their creature’s ‘myth’.
Lesson 4: Student artists mix their own colors and paint the background.
Lesson 5: Student artists have the entire day to finish.
Lesson 6: Optional. a final day for finishing.
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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:
line, color, texture, space/perspective
pattern, proportion/scale, unity
National Core Visual Art Standards: VA:Cr1.1.4a, VA:Cr1.1.5a, VA:Cr1.2.5a, VA:Cr1.2.6a, VA:Cr2.1.4a, VA:Cr2.1.5a, VA:Re.7.1.5a, VA:Re.7.1.6a, VA:Re.7.2.4a
Language Arts (mythology), Science (cultures creating myths to explain natural phenomena), Dramatics (mythology)
Common Core Standards:
RL.5.7, RL.4.9, RL.5.9, SL.4.1b, SL.5.1b, SL.6.1.b, SL.4.1c, SL.5.1c, SL.4.2, SL.5.2, W.4.2, W.4.2e, W.5.2e, W.4.3, W.5.3, W.6.3, W.4.4, W.5.4, W.6.4