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Folk Art Salt Lake Cityscapes Lesson Plan

Author: Jenny Davis

Year: 2015

Artform: Visual Art

Subjects: Language Arts

Grade: 2nd or 3rd

Duration: 3-4 weeks

Overview: Students will create a mixed media city scape and self portrait inspired by Faith Ringgold’s book Tar Beach.

Standards and Objectives

STANDARD 1
USOE OR UEN OBJECTIVE:
(Making): The student will explore and refine the application of media, techniques, and artistic processes.
H. Explore the design possibilities of a 3-D object by examining views of it from many angles.
READING
LITERATURE STANDARD 3:
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
Students will:
  1. Create a mixed media artwork depicting a Salt Lake Cityscape, and self portrait.
  2. Use wax resist and learn how to draw 3d buildings found in Salt Lake City.
  3. Create an accurate self portrait.
  4. Write about what they would fly over to own forever, like the character in Tar Beach.


TEACHING AND TIMELINE

INTRODUCTION

  1. Class will read book Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold.
  2. Class discussion about Faith Ringgold’s art work. What is Folk Art?
  3. Show examples of architecture drawings and how to add lots of different details.

DEMONSTRATION

Specialist Activities/Demonstration

  1. Show student examples from years before.
  2. Demonstrate painting background using watercolor paints, starting with basic squares and rectangles, paint in across the whole bottom of paper.
  3. Using oil pastel, choose colors that would work for a season or time of day, draw in our Wasatch mountains, add some places colored in, then finish painting with watercolor for wax resist effect.
  4. Paint in sky, choose a time of day let dry.
  5. Demonstrate how to draw 3d rectangles and make buildings 3D.
  6. Demonstrate how to start self portrait.
  7. Demonstrate how to start Quilt Squares Border.


Classroom Teacher Activities

  1. Assist in reading book.
  2. Provide assistance to students with drawing and application of directions.
  3. Step in to help teach about the writing process.

WORK PERIOD

Student Activities

  1. Starting with basic squares and rectangles, paint basic building shapes across the whole bottom of paper. Try to include a few specific building shapes from Salt Lake City.
  2. Using oil pastel, choose colors that would work for a season or time of day, draw in our Wasatch mountains, add some places colored in, then finish painting with watercolor for wax resist effect.
  3. Paint in sky, choose a time of day let dry.
  4. Begin Outlining buildings using a sharpie marker make sure to draw 3d rectangles and make buildings 3D.
  5. Add lots of architectural details, windows, doors, and extra designs. No Words!
  6. Begin Self Portrait, by tracing basic person template, make it accurate using colored pencils and small sharpie.
  7. Cut out and glue on person flying over the city.
  8. Glue onto black paper leaving even border and being punching out patterned paper to add a quilt squares border, Mimicking Faith Ringgold’s Quilted art look.
  9. Fill out checklist and write short response to prompt...” I would fly over _______, Because...”

CLOSURE/SUMMARY

Reflect on how Faith Ringgold created her artwork and characters in a Folk Art style. What does that mean?


  1. Read Book Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold, and create an artwork inspired by her Art work.
  2. Write a response about If they could fly over anything in Salt Lake City they could own it forever... What would they fly over? Why?
  • What is Folk Art?
  • Why did the character want to own things she could fly over?
  • Why did Faith Ringgold create this story and Artwork?
  • How do I create a Salt Lake City Scape?
  • How do I draw 3D Buildings?
  • Step by step demonstration
  • Teacher aided if needed
  • Folk Art
  • Mixed Media
  • 3-D
  • Wax Resist
  • How have different Cultures influenced Faith Ringgold and other Folk Artists?
  • How did the illustrator of the books create or come up with her images?
Visual Art Teacher uses informal assessment as well as a checklist to be filled out by student as they finish the project.

Teacher will make connections and assess other learning in the classroom connected to our neighborhood architecture project.

SUPPLIES, EQUIPMENT AND RESOURCES

  • Examples of Folk Art
  • White Paper
  • Watercolor paints
  • Paint brushes
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Scissors
  • Black Sharpie, Permanent Markers
  • Elmers Glue
  • Black Paper
  • Patterned Paper
  • Square Paper Punches
  • Oil Pastels
  • Sample photos of Salt Lake City


RESOURCE BOOKS: