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Elementary [1st-5th] Lesson Plan

Jelene Morris: Poptoons

Created on March 27, 2012 by lightARTed

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".

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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
paint supplies

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1. Introduce the art of Jelene Morris with a teacher-made PowerPoint presentation.

2. Have students look at Jelen's portraits and point out any characteristics that are abstracted.

3. Ask students if they can think of other ways to abstract a face.

4. Look at some work by Pablo Picasso and have students compare and contrast the two artists.

5. Demonstrate how to draw an abstract face as well as painting techniques and color mixing.

6. Remind students that they are drawing and painting on large paper, they need to draw large to fill up the space.

7. Students paint their silly portraits, remind students that they do not have to use realistic colors. If they want their face to be blue - great!

8. After their paintings have dried use a smaller brush to outline lines and shapes with black paint and initial their work in the bottom left corner.

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

Pablo Picasso

Abstract Art, Pop Art

Color/Value, Emphasis, Proportion/Size



  • Hope200 03/30/2012 at 06:45pm
    Thank you for sharing this.

  • CWalker 04/30/2012 at 05:05am
    Thanks for introducing me to a new artist!