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High [9th-12th] Lesson Plan


Created on June 27, 2017 by KatieMorris

Students identify "fears" and figure out how to face them through art.

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8 sessions; 45 minutes per session

1. SWBAT brainstorm fears, anxieties, or challenges.
2. SWBAT create and carry out a plan for representing their fear in a digital platform.
3. SWBAT reflect on their work with a rubric and artist statement.

Materials depend on the students' individual plans but most of mine used....
1. Computer with photo editing software like Photoshop
2. Scanner
3. Digital Camera
4. Graphics tablet

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1. Introduction
-Talk about fears and show examples of artwork that tackles the subject
-Emphasize this doesn't have to be creepy, it's supposed to get students to be introspective
-The "fear" doesn't have to be a phobia, it could also be something that makes the student anxious, or a big challenge they have to face
2. Brainstorm
-Students brainstorm list of fears
-Start to think of images that represent the fear
-Choose one to focus on and develop a plan that will communicate the feeling or help the student face the fear
3. Create!
-Get idea approved by teacher and start to carry out the plan
4. Reflect & Assess
-Write artist statement explaining and reflecting on work
-Use rubric to help self-assess

1. Pictures from a previous year with more media represented

We used digital media as there was not much time left at the end of the year but I've also done this lesson with traditional media


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 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 create artworks that use organizational principles and functions to solve specific visual arts problems

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

[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 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