Students learn about artists who innovate by using nontraditional materials or processes and come up with a plan to innovate through an independent project.
10+ sessions; 45 minutes per session
1. The students will view and discuss work by relevant artists.
2. The students will apply paint or ink with non-traditional tools.
3. The students will explore creating a traditional image with non-traditional materials.
4. The students will explore creating sculpture with found objects and non-traditional materials.
5. The students will plan and implement a project that is created with a non-traditional process or materials.
Large sheets of paper
Collage materials- fabric, sequins, pipe cleaners, buttons, found materials
Found objects- broken and abandoned objects, whatever you can find
Day 1: Look at Chuck Close’s fingerprint portraits- layering prints to create different values- and discuss. Look at images of Matisse doing gestural drawing using a pole and discuss- why did he use that approach? Next, students will make a picture of a plant from observation either using their fingerprints inked with a stamp pad or a paintbrush on a stick (use masking tape to attach a paintbrush to a yardstick and hold at the end).
Day 2: Continue plant pictures, try the opposite of fingerprints or paintbrush on a stick.
Day 3: Look collage/fiber artists Mickalene Thomas, Bryan Grove, etc. Students make small traditional image with nontraditional media.
Day 4: Look at found object/assemblage artists. Explore available materials and play/experiment.
Day 5: Come up with a proposal and present to teacher. Work on project!
Days 6-20: Work on assignments.
You can customize this with whatever materials you have available.
1. Students observing plants and using ink fingerprints or paintbrushes on sticks to draw them.
2. Jewelry made from parts of a circuit board from something old and broken.
3. Student used a broken hair dryer to make a spinning drawing machine. The landscape was one of many experiments made with meted crayon on the rotating part of the fan.
4. This was a kite fabric collage made from scraps and stitched together
Chuck Close, Henri Matisse
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