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Multiple Level Lesson Plan

Didier Triglia Head Cans

Created on August 13, 2012 by lightARTed

Didier Triglia is a French artist who creates art in a wide variety of media. This particular lesson is influenced by his paintings made from crushed cans. This is a wonderful recycled art unit that can inspire many different types of art projects from 2D to 3D.

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7 sessions; 50 minutes per session

1. Students learn about the contemporary French artist, Didier Triglia.

2. Students understand how the arts and sciences connect through creating artworks with recycled objects.

3. Students will create a piece of recycled art in the manner of Didier Triglia.

1. soda cans
2. acrylic paint
3. card stock/poster board/or cardboard
4. paint pens/puff paint

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1. Introduce the lesson with a PowerPoint presentation of Didier Triglia.

2. Discuss how art and recycling are connected.

3. Crush cans: squeeze the can so the top bends down one direction and the bottom bends up the opposite direction. Lay the can on a flat surface and step on it to flatten. Watch out for sharp edges.

4. Design a background for can on rigid poster board or cardboard.

5. Hot glue can and paint.

6. Add finishing touches with anything from puff paint, paint pens, etc...


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

[5-8] Students intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of their experiences and ideas
[5-8] Students select media, techniques, and processes; analyze what makes them effective or not effective in communicating ideas; and reflect upon the effectiveness of their choices

Visual Arts Standard 2:
Using knowledge of structures and functions

[5-8] Students select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of their ideas

Visual Arts Standard 5:
Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others

[5-8] Students compare multiple purposes for creating works of art
[5-8] Students describe and compare a variety of individual responses to their own artworks and to artworks from various eras and cultures

Visual Arts Standard 6:
Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines

[5-8] Students describe ways in which the principles and subject matter of other disciplines taught in the school are interrelated with the visual arts

Dadaism, Abstract Art

Texture, Rhythm/Pattern, Proportion/Size, Form, Emphasis

Acrylic, Mixed Media, Painting, Sculpture



  • artsandactivities 08/17/2012 at 06:36am
    Unique, exciting project! If you have hi-res photos of student work, we invite you to please email us about possible publication. Thanks!

  • lightARTed 08/19/2012 at 05:49pm
    Thanks artsandactivities!!

    I have not taught this yet but planning on starting this lesson in the fall and I will be sure to post student pictures!!

  • Jenncook678 08/21/2012 at 09:52pm
    This seems like a great way for students to examine the relationship among the arts, societies, and environments Thanks!

  • mhonel 01/14/2013 at 07:50am
    This project will be ideal for my Mixed Media class. I can not wait to introduce my students to the French artist Didier Triglia. Thanks for this lesson!