Jelene Morris is an artist from Columbia, South Carolina, her paintings are based on the world of childlike characters and considers her art a combination of Pop Art and Cartoons, forming the name "Poptoon".
1. Students learn about the South Carolina artist, Jelene Morris and create colorful abstract portraits in her style.
2. Students compare/contrast her art with Pablo Picasso in a class discussion.
3. Students understand the concept of abstract art.
pencils & erasers
16 x 20 matte poster paper
tempera or acryllic paint
Curriculum Connections: You could tie this unit with any class learning about economics or money and use Jelene's website as examples of artists make money. Not only does she sell her paintings, but she has turned her art into other products as well.
Visual Arts Standard 1: Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes
[K-4] Students use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories
Visual Arts Standard 2: Using knowledge of structures and functions
[K-4] Students use visual structures and functions of art to communicate ideas
[K-4] Students describe how different expressive features and organizational principles cause different responses
Visual Arts Standard 3: Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas
[K-4] Students select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning
Visual Arts Standard 4: Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures
[K-4] Students know that the visual arts have both a history and specific relationships to various cultures
Visual Arts Standard 5: Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others
[K-4] Students understand there are different responses to specific artworks
Visual Arts Standard 6: Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines
[K-4] Students identify connections between the visual arts and other disciplines in the curriculum