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Middle [6th-8th] Lesson Plan

Mixed Media Poppies

Created on November 30, 2020 by KatieMorris

Students learn the history of Veterans Day, view and discuss an art installation, and create mixed media poppies.

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2 sessions; 40 minutes per session

1. The students will understand the history of Veterans Day.
2. The students will view and discuss an installation artwork featuring a sea of poppies at the Tower of London.
3. The students will discuss how exhibitions can influence the viewer’s ideas and beliefs.
4. The students will discuss how context of an artwork can influence the viewer’s ideas and emotions.
5. The students will create mixed media poppies with the intent of presenting them to veterans as a thank you.

1. Matboard for base
2. Colored pencils
3. Red tissue paper
4. Glue sticks
5. Black, navy, or dark brown buttons
6. Hot glue gun and sticks

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1.Ask students what they know about Veterans Day to gauge prior knowledge.
-Play video of Leonard Cohen reading In Flanders Fields.
-Show video about poppy installation at the Tower of London.
-Discuss: How could this installation influence viewers’ ideas and beliefs?
How does the location of the installation affect its impact?
2.Explain that we will be creating mixed media poppies with the goal of presenting them to a veteran as a thank you.
-Observe images of poppies
-Choose a piece of matboard
-Draw a stem and leaves with colored pencil
-Tear red tissue paper into rounded shapes
-Arrange and glue to matboard using a gluestick, sculpting the petals
-Select a button and glue in the center
Optional: add other details
3.As students are working show video on the history of Veterans Day (can do this day 2 or day 1)
-Ask students if they know any veterans and who they would like to give their artwork to. -Offer to help find a veteran if they don’t know one.

My students mostly finished on day 1 so on day 2 they watched more history videos and made a graphic With a Veterans Day fact. This could take one or two class periods.


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

[5-8] Students use subjects, themes, and symbols that demonstrate knowledge of contexts, values, and aesthetics that communicate intended meaning in artworks

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

Form, Texture

Mixed Media

History/Social Studies