William Wegman is known for his anthropomorphic photos of dogs dressed in various costumes.
Anthropomorphic means giving human characteristics to animals (or other non-human things.)
1. First, show and discuss William Wegman's photography, short films and other artwork.
2. Read one or more of his children's books: Flo & Wendell and Flo & Wendell Explore. Ask the children how they think he made these illustrations. Discuss how they compare and contrast to his photographs.
3. Cut out animal heads from magazines (or the animal handouts attached to this lesson.) Glue to paper.
4. Using markers, paint, crayons or colored pencils create an anthropomorphic design by giving the animals human bodies, clothing and a background setting.
Assess the students on creativity, craftsmanship, use of space and composition.
Visual Arts Standard 1: Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes
[K-4] Students use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories
[K-4] Students use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner
[K-4] Students know the differences between materials, techniques, and processes
Visual Arts Standard 2: Using knowledge of structures and functions
[K-4] Students describe how different expressive features and organizational principles cause different responses
Visual Arts Standard 3: Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas
[K-4] Students select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning
Visual Arts Standard 4: Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures
[5-8] Students analyze, describe, and demonstrate how factors of time and place (such as climate, resources, ideas, and technology) influence visual characteristics that give meaning and value to a work of art
Visual Arts Standard 5: Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others
[K-4] Students describe how people's experiences influence the development of specific artworks
[5-8] Students describe and compare a variety of individual responses to their own artworks and to artworks from various eras and cultures
Visual Arts Standard 6: Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines
[5-8] Students compare the characteristics of works in two or more art forms that share similar subject matter, historical periods, or cultural context