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Elementary [1st-5th] Lesson Plan

Miro Self-Portraits

Created on August 25, 2013 by ktdyra

Given an introduction to Joan Miro, students will create an abstract self-portrait inspired by his use of line and color.

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1 session; 40 minutes per session

1. SWBAT Successfully demonstrate an understanding of the artworks by Joan Miro through the creation of a self-portrait incorporating some of his style techniques.
2. SWBAT demonstrate an understanding of the safe and correct way to use art materials.

1. 9”x11” white paper
2. Pencil
3. Permanent Marker
4. Watercolor paint
5. Paintbrushes

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• Present – Joan Miro PowerPoint.
• Explain – Miro’s history. Who he is as an artist.
• Question – what is surrealism? Abstraction?
• Present – examples of Miro’s artwork.
• Question – how can you tell it is a figure?
• Present – teacher example of project.
• Demo – creation of image in step by step process: 1. Draw in pencil. 2. Trace in permanent marker, 3. Paint with watercolor. Demonstrate watercolor technique.
• Do – walk around room, hand out supplies, ask and answer questions.


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
[K-4] Students use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner
[K-4] Students know the differences between materials, techniques, and processes
[K-4] Students describe how different materials, techniques, and processes cause different responses

Visual Arts Standard 2:
Using knowledge of structures and functions

[K-4] Students know the differences among visual characteristics and purposes of art in order to convey 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

Joan Miro

Abstract Art

Color/Value, Line, Shape

Marker, Watercolor