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High [9th-12th] Lesson Plan

Paper Mola

Created on May 05, 2014 by Scorchard

High School (or mature junior high) students will view an discuss images of textile mola artworks created by the Kuna people of Panama and then create their own paper molas.

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6 sessions; 45 minutes per session

1. SWBAT create artworks that demonstrate an understanding of positive and negative space
2. SWBAT develop craft knife skills that allow them to create complex patterns and marks

1. 9x12" TruRay construction paper
2. Craft Knives (X-Acto Blades)
3. Stapler
4. Self Healing Mats
5. Glue Sticks

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1. View and discuss images of textile mola artworks using proper vocabular
2. Go over project criteria
3. Demonstrate basic layer cutting process
- Staple colored paper together with the 'background' color on top
- Sketch the design on the top most layer
- Sandwich the self healing mat between layers to avoid accidental cuts
-Use a teacher created exemplar; show cutting shapes out of top layers to reveal colors beneath
- Stress the importance of having enclosed shapes, not just lines!

see attached rubric

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Visual Arts Standard 1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

[9-12 Proficient] Students apply media, techniques, and processes with sufficient skill, confidence, and sensitivity that their intentions are carried out in their artworks

Visual Arts Standard 2:
Using knowledge of structures and functions

[9-12 Proficient] Students create artworks that use organizational principles and functions to solve specific visual arts problems

Visual Arts Standard 4:
Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures

[9-12 Proficient] Students differentiate among a variety of historical and cultural contexts in terms of characteristics and purposes of works of art

Color/Value, Contrast, Emphasis, Shape


Geography, Multicultural Studies