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High [9th-12th] Lesson Plan

Sea Trash

Created on March 10, 2015 by Scorchard

A sculpture lesson that looks at the work of Sayaka Ganz and discusses how humans impact the natural environment.

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8 sessions; 45 minutes per session

1. SWBAT view and discuss artworks created by contemporary artists using appropriate art vocabulary
2. SWBAT combine multiple found objects to create a unified form
3. SWBAT make connections between arts and other disciplines

1. CLEAN 'safe' materials that would normally be discarded (yogurt containers, cardboard, plastic bottles, food containers, bottle caps, bubble wrap, etc) - discourage metal and glass objects
2. Hot Glue Guns
3. Hot Glue Sticks
4. Utility Knives
5. Self-healing mats

Need these materials? Visit Blick!

1. Show students images of Sayaka Ganz' projects that feature ocean projects
2. Discuss the impact of human trash on the ocean
3. Create sketches that plan ocean creature forms using discarded materials
4. Begin sculpting ocean creatures

Students are assessed using the common visual arts rubric (see attached)

This lesson could be used for mature middle/junior high level classrooms. There is significant tie in with earth sciences lessons if there is a cooperating science teacher in your building.


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

[9-12 Proficient] Students analyze relationships of works of art to one another in terms of history, aesthetics, and culture, justifying conclusions made in the analysis and using such conclusions to inform their own art making

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

[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 characteristics of visual arts within a particular historical period or style with ideas, issues, or themes in the humanities or sciences

Form, Unity/Harmony


History/Social Studies, Science