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Arts Toolkit: Visual Arts Lesson Plan

Grades:

5-12

Lesson Plan:

Using the Responding to Art Worksheets

Students learn about Kentucky painter Ellis Wilson and use the Responding to Art worksheet to describe, analyze, interpret, and judge a painting by Wilson.
  • Length: 1-2 class sessions

Concepts/Objectives:

  • Students will be introduced to a Kentucky artist.
  • Students will learn to describe, analyze, interpret, and judge art.
  • Students and teacher will choose one painting to critique using the Responding to Art worksheets.

Resource Used:

Poor Manís Africa
Found On: Visual Arts and Culture
Video Length: 00:05:05

Introduction to Ellis Wilson and Poor Man's Africa
Found on: Visual Arts and Culture
Length: 06:22

Ellis Wilson web site

Optional:
How to Respond to a Work of Art
Found on: Responding to Visual Art
Length: 10:34

The Art Critic: How to Write About Art
Found on: Responding to Visual Art
Length: 2:24

Vocabulary

analyze, describe, elements of art, evaluate, interpret, principles of design, purposes of art
Materials

TV/VCR or DVD player, computer with Internet access, paper, pencils, copies of the Responding to Art worksheets

Handouts:

Instructional Strategies and Activities
  1. Open the KET web page on Ellis Wilson (www.ket.org/elliswilson) in advance of class.

  2. Tell students that they will be evaluating the work of a famous Kentucky artist and answering some guiding questions. Post these questions on the board:
    • Who is Ellis Wilson, and why is his work important?
    • Where was Ellis Wilson from?
    • Are there guidelines for being an art critic?
    • How can I decide whether I like a work of art?

  3. Show the video segment “Poor Man’s Africa” and discuss. Give students a brief tour of the web site, reading Wilson's biography and looking at his work. Show students a map of Kentucky. Point out your own location on the map as well as Mayfield, KY, the hometown of Ellis Wilson. Discuss what students have learned about Wilson, his life and work, from the web site and the video. 

  4. Using the Responding to Art guide and worksheets in the Visual Arts Tooklit binder, review the art criticism process: describe, analyze, interpret, evaluate. Optional: Show "How to Respond to a Work of Art" as the introduction to the evaluation process.

  5. Focus on the Ellis Wilson paintings Funeral Procession and To Market in the web site gallery. Have students choose one of the two paintings to critique as a class or individually. (Or allow students to choose another work from the online gallery to critique.) Explain that art criticism is like “detective work”: To make an informed judgment, students must be careful observers. Note: Students should never talk or write about art without looking at it. Students should not work from memory.

  6. Complete the Responding to Art worksheets as a class or individually, depending upon available time. If the students do the work individually, have them participate in a class discussion in which individuals share the four steps.

  7. Close the class by asking the students to answer the guiding questions written on the board.
Extension: Show "The Art Critic: How to Write About Art" and have students write a review of a work by Ellis Wilson for the school newspaper.

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Support • Connections • Resources

  • KET web site for Ellis Wilson—So Much To Paint, including online gallery and information about the artist (www.ket.org/elliswilson)
  • Responding to Art guide in the Visual Arts binder

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Writing To Communicate

  • Have students compare the two paintings Funeral Procession and To Market in a written piece.
  • Have students write a review of Ellis Wilson's work.

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Open Response Assessment

Prompt: There is a four-step process that helps us look at, understand, and judge art. It is called “describe, analyze, interpret, evaluate.”

Directions:

  1. Learn about the life and works of Kentucky artist Ellis Wilson by visiting the KET web site about Wilson and watching a segment from a documentary about him.
  2. Using the Responding to Art worksheets, describe, analyze, interpret, and evaluate one of Wilson’s paintings.

Open Response Scoring Guide
4 3 2 1 0
Student demonstrates a thorough understanding of the criticism process by effectively and completely filling out the Responding to Art worksheet. Student's answers demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the elements of arts and principles of design and their use in Wilson's work. Student uses appropriate art terminology. Student demonstrates a broad understanding of the criticism process by effectively and completely filling out the Responding to Art worksheet. Student's answers demonstrate broad understanding of the elements of arts and principles of design and their use in Wilson's work. Student uses appropriate art terminology. Student demonstrates a basic understanding of the criticism process by filling out the Responding to Art worksheet. Student's answers demonstrate basic understanding of the elements of arts and principles of design and their use in Wilson's work. Student uses some appropriate art terminology. Student demonstrates minimal understanding of the criticism process and responses on  the Responding to Art worksheet are incomplete and/or not completely accurate. Student's answers demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the elements of arts and principles of design and their use in Wilson's work. Student uses appropriate art terminology. Students have not completed tasks.

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Academic Content


Academic Expectations:

  • 2.23 Students analyze their own and others’ artistic products and performances using accepted standards.
  • 2.24 Students have knowledge of major works of arts, music, and literature and appreciate creativity and the contributions of the arts and humanities.

Program of Studies:

Grade 5:

  • Analyze how elements of art and principles of design are used in a variety of art works.
  • Use appropriate terminology to evaluate personal artistic creations and those of others.

Grade 6:

  • Describe how elements of art and principles of design help artists organize works of art.
  • Describe the characteristics of artworks representing various cultures, purposes, styles, and time periods.

Grade 7:

  • Explain how elements of art and principles of design are used to create works of art.

Grade 8:

  • Analyze, interpret, and evaluate how elements of art and principles of design are used to create works of art.
  • Analyze and/or interpret how various combinations of art elements and principles of design help artists express ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
  • Analyze and interpret media and/or processes various artists use to create works of art.
  • Analyze and interpret how culture, purpose, style, and history influence the way artists express ideas, thoughts, and feelings.

High School:

  • Describe how visual artists use elements of art, principles of design, processes, media, and techniques to create art works.
  • Analyze, interpret, and evaluate a variety of art works.

Core Content for Assessment:

  • AH-05-1.4.1 Students will analyze or explain works of art using elements of art and principles of design.
  • AH-05-1.4.2 Students will identify and/or describe how an artist uses various media and processes.
  • AH-05-2.4.1 Students will describe or explain how visual art has been a part of cultures and time periods throughout history.
  • AH-05-3.4.1 Students will describe or explain how art fulfills a variety of purposes.
  • AH-(06) (07) 08-1.4.1 Students will (describe) (analyze) compare or evaluate works of visual art using elements of art and principles of design.
  • AH-(06) (07) 08-1.4.2 Students will (identify) (describe) compare or evaluate a variety of art media and art processes.
  • AH-(06) (07) 08-2.4.1 Students will analyze or explain how diverse cultures and time periods affect visual arts.
  • AH-(06) (07) 08-3.4.1 Students will (identify or explain) compare or explain how art fulfills a variety of purposes.
  • AH-HS-1.4.1 Students will analyze or evaluate the use of the elements of art and principles of design.
  • AH-HS-1.4.2 Students will analyze or evaluate the use of media and art processes in creating artworks.
  • AH-HS-2.4.1 Students will analyze or evaluate how factors such as time, place, and ideas are reflected in visual art.
  • AH-HS-3.4.1 Students will explain how art fulfills a variety of purposes.

Author:

John Bensing

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