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High [9th-12th] Lesson Plan

Nick Veasey - Critique

Created on November 01, 2012 by MsLundstrum

Each semester I incorporate "Art Appreciation Days" when we stop and simply enjoy art. This lesson looks at the Critical Protocol (a format from Perpich Center for the Arts, MN) and videos about Nick Veasey. Nick Veasey uses xrays as his photographic medium. It pushes students to appreciate art outside of the normal scope of photography.

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1 session; 50 minutes per session

1. SWBAT identify personal thoughts.
2. SWBAT participate in a class discussion which critiques artwork in an objective and subjective manner.
3. SWBAT define an artist's point of view and motivation to make art.
4. SWBAT share personal opinions regarding "art" and "value" of the process.

1. Computer
2. Projector
3. Speakers
4. Printed Worksheets

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1. Distribute worksheets.
2. Watch the first video. This video does not have any explanations about Veasey's work. This correlates with the first question on the worksheet. What do students notice?
3. Proceed with the Critical Response PowerPoint. Encourage participation!
4. Watch the second and third videos.
5. Share Veasey's artist statement.
6. Complete worksheets, and continue discussions.

*See attached document for links.

Assess students based on participation within the Critical Response Protocol and the completion of their worksheet.

This is a very laid-back lesson plan, and teachers should adapt assessment to their needs. Teachers could also assess based on vocabulary previously covered in class.

Links are to my personal Google Docs.

Video 1:
Video 2:
Video 3:

Although it can be a lot of fun to guide discussion in the classroom, it could easily be adapted for a sub!


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

[9-12 Proficient] Students reflect on how artworks differ visually, spatially, temporally, and functionally, and describe how these are related to history and culture
[9-12 Advanced] Students describe the origins of specific images and ideas and explain why they are of value in their artwork and in the work of others

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

[9-12 Proficient] Students reflect analytically on various interpretations as a means for understanding and evaluating works of visual art
[9-12 Proficient] Students identify intentions of those creating artworks, explore the implications of various purposes, and justify their analyses of purposes in particular works
[9-12 Advanced] Students correlate responses to works of visual art with various techniques for communicating meanings, ideas, attitudes, views, and intentions


Digital, Photography