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High [9th-12th] Lesson Plan

Paper Polyhedrons

Created on September 30, 2014 by ktdyra

Students mix art with geometry by creating interesting polyhedra forms out of paper and creating a design which incorporates rhythm or pattern.

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1. SWBAT define a polyhedron and related terms.
2. SWBAT create a paper polyhedron with a design that implements rhythm or pattern.
3. SWBAT correctly use new techniques and prismacolor markersto create/aid in their design.

1. Polyhedron templates
2. cardstock
3. pencil
4. ruler
5. light table or something to trace
6. glue stick
7. prismacolor markers
8. scisors or x-acto knife

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1. Art Start (quick writing activity at beginning of class): What is the difference between rhythm and pattern?
--Discuss how rhythm has movement and pattern is stoic.
2. Review Powerpoint and take notes
3. Demo how to trace template onto cardstock
4. Students sketch 3+ designs of rhythm or pattern before they begin.(Process is in powerpoint)
5. Draw design on cardstock and color with marker.
6. Cut out and glue together
7. Display using fishing line

Rubric attached

Polyhedron templates:


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

[9-12 Proficient] Students conceive and create works of visual art that demonstrate an understanding of how the communication of their ideas relates to the media, techniques, and processes they use
[9-12 Proficient] Students apply media, techniques, and processes with sufficient skill, confidence, and sensitivity that their intentions are carried out in their artworks
[9-12 Advanced] Students initiate, define, and solve challenging visual arts problems independently using intellectual skills such as analysis, synthesis, and evaluation
[9-12 Advanced] Students communicate ideas regularly at a high level of effectiveness in at least one visual arts medium

Visual Arts Standard 2:
Using knowledge of structures and functions

[9-12 Proficient] Students evaluate the effectiveness of artworks in terms of organizational structures and functions
[9-12 Proficient] Students demonstrate the ability to form and defend judgments about the characteristics and structures to accomplish commercial, personal, communal, or other purposes of art
[9-12 Proficient] Students create artworks that use organizational principles and functions to solve specific visual arts problems
[9-12 Advanced] Students demonstrate the ability to compare two or more perspectives about the use of organizational principles and functions in artwork and to defend personal evaluations of these perspectives
[9-12 Advanced] Students create multiple solutions to specific visual arts problems that demonstrate competence in producing effective relationships between structural choices and artistic functions

Visual Arts Standard 3:
Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas

[9-12 Proficient] Students reflect on how artworks differ visually, spatially, temporally, and functionally, and describe how these are related to history and culture
[9-12 Proficient] Students apply subjects, symbols, and ideas in their artworks and use the skills gained to solve problems in daily life

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

Visual Arts Standard 5:
Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others

[9-12 Proficient] Students reflect analytically on various interpretations as a means for understanding and evaluating works of visual art
[9-12 Proficient] Students identify intentions of those creating artworks, explore the implications of various purposes, and justify their analyses of purposes in particular works

Visual Arts Standard 6:
Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines

[9-12 Proficient] Students compare the materials, technologies, media, and processes of the visual arts with those of other arts disciplines as they are used in creation and types of analysis
[9-12 Advanced] Students synthesize the creative and analytical principles and techniques of the visual arts and selected other arts disciplines, the humanities, or the sciences

Wassily Kandinsky, Henri Matisse

Abstract Art, Cubism, Symbolism

Color/Value, Form, Movement, Rhythm/Pattern