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High [9th-12th] Lesson Plan

Pasta Value Art

Created on November 25, 2022 by rbteachart

Students will create an untraditional still life composition using pasta. This is an exercise in observational drawing and learning how to shade with pencil.

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1. SWBAT create a successful composition.
2. SWBAT observe their subject matter in order to create correct proportion, shapes and shading.

1. Pencil
2. 9 x 12 drawing paper
3. Various shape pasta
4. Glue
5. Index Cards
*Optional white paint

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1. Students will glue a variety of shapes of pasta onto a blank index card. **The pasta can be painted white in order for the shadows and details to really show. But it's optional.
2. Students will take pictures of their composition, turn it black and white and then crop it to the edge of the index card. Students will upload the photo to Google Classroom to use as reference.
3. Students will complete a Value Technique to practice a variety of shading techniques. They will pick one shading technique to use on their pasta drawing.
3. Students will loosely and lightly sketch out the placement of their pasta on the paper by using basic shapes such as rectangles and circles.
4. Once the placement is correct, students will start to add details using one of the shading techniques that they practiced.
5. Throughout the lesson, demonstrations will be given to show how to draw the specific shapes and shading techniques.
6. Students will work on this for several classes until completed.

Students will be graded based on a rubric.
A gallery walk will be done at some time during the project so students can see what their classmates are working on and give compliments and advice.

This is a different take on a basic still life. It really pushes them to observe their subject matter.


Visual Arts Standard 1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

[9-12 Advanced] Students initiate, define, and solve challenging visual arts problems independently using intellectual skills such as analysis, synthesis, and evaluation
[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

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 6:
Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines

[9-12 Advanced] Students synthesize the creative and analytical principles and techniques of the visual arts and selected other arts disciplines, the humanities, or the sciences
[9-12 Proficient] Students compare the materials, technologies, media, and processes of the visual arts with those of other arts disciplines as they are used in creation and types of analysis

Line, Proportion/Size, Shape, Variety