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Multiple Level Lesson Plan

Aerial Photo Abstract Acrylic Painting

Created on September 04, 2013 by LiveColorfully

Students paint an abstract acrylic painting based on an aerial photograph of their choice. A focus on actual and visual texture is applied to the student's project.

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4 sessions; 90 minutes per session

SWBAT explain the difference between actual and visual texture
SWBAT create actual and visual texture using acrylic paint
SWBAT define "Abstract" in relation to artforms
SWBAT apply acrylic paint showing good craftsmanship and effort
SWBAT translate an aerial photograph into an abstract painting

Acrylic paint (heavy body preferred)
Acrylic paint brushes
Aerial photographs
Canvas, canvas board, or watercolor paper
Water and Paper towels for brush clean up

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1. Choose an aerial photograph to base your painting on. Have your photograph available for reference.
2. Sketch on scrap paper if necessary, this may help!
3. Using your photograph as a reference, LIGHTLY lightly lightly sketch onto your canvas board with pencil (the pencil may NOT show in your finished piece- points will be removed)
4. Once you are satisfied with this abstracted rendering of your photograph, begin painting
- Mix paints to achieve desired colors
-Paint on your canvas board. I must not see ANY white canvas. NOT EVEN ON THE SIDES.
5. Apply paint in a fashion that shows both VISUAL and ACTUAL texture. Drying time may increase for globs or streaks of paint, keep that in mind.
6. Let your painting dry.
- Drag your finger across your DRY painting. If you cannot FEEL texture, apply more texture to areas that need it. Some areas CAN be smooth, but I should be able to see multiple textures.

1. Did you LIKE this project? Did you feel like you had a good balance between a teacher-directed activity and your own creative freedom?
2. Why did you select this photograph?
3. If you could go back and pick a different photo, would you? Why or why not?
4. How did you abstract your photo to create your painting?
5. Did you find it easy or difficult to create visual and actual texture with acrylic paint?
6. Are you happy with how your painting turned out?
7. If you could change one thing about your painting, what would you chance?
8. What grade do you think you deserve and why?


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

[9-12 Proficient] Students apply media, techniques, and processes with sufficient skill, confidence, and sensitivity that their intentions are carried out in their artworks

Visual Arts Standard 2:
Using knowledge of structures and functions

[9-12 Proficient] Students create artworks that use organizational principles and functions to solve specific visual arts problems

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

[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 identify intentions of those creating artworks, explore the implications of various purposes, and justify their analyses of purposes in particular works

Abstract Art