The Artist project
The Artist Project is a project that will weave a thread through all of the lessons and units throughout the block. The goal of the artist project is to integrate art history and to create "artist experts" of each student.
In the first week of the block, students will blindly choose an artist card from a deck. Each card has an artist's name and his/her photo. Below is a breakdown of the project. Students will be given class time on occasion to work on the Artist Project, but some of the project may need to be completed as homework.
The following list breaks the project down into easy to follow steps. Details about each step will be explained further as we get to them. DO NOT move ahead without explanation first.
Step 1: Complete the "Who Am I?" Worksheet. Download the worksheet HERE.
Step 2: Find your Art Period partners
Step 3: Create a 12 slide (4 slides per person) collaborative Google Presentation about your art period
Step 5: Write a 5 paragraph research paper on your artist
Step 6: Create an Artist Box
Step 7: Present your artist to the class
Your research must be cited on the last page including website, page where the information/image, etc. was obtained, and author. Your research must use only primary or secondary sources. WIKIPEDIA IS NOT A SOURCE! Because Wikipedia can be added to by anyone and everyone, it cannot be relied on as a source. Any websites like this cannot be used as a source.
Your artist research paper must be AT LEAST 5 paragraphs. It should be typed in Google Docs and shared with me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Extra credit will be given for more paragraphs should you choose to extend your research.
Questions you want to answer in your research:
What was the Artist's Life like?
What was the Artist's reputation and place in Art History?
Where did the Artist's influences come from?
What were some recurring symbols or themes in the Artist's artwork?
What material(s) did the artist use?
Emulation - An emulation is an imitation of something. In art, it is when you create a work of art in the style of another artist. It is NOT simply copying an artist's existing work.
Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night
Student artwork in the style of Vincent Van Gogh:
The Artist Box has several components to it. On the top of the box, you should have your emulated art work. The subject matter may be your choice, but your artwork should match your artist's STYLE. For example, if the artist used thick bold outlines around his subjects, you should too. If the artist used little dabs of color in his artwork, your artwork should have little dabs of color as well. The sides of the box may be decorated in a way you think the artist would have decorated the box if he/she had to design one.
The interior of the box should have an image of the artist, a short bio, and three dimensional items you think that artist would have had with him. For example, Salvador Dali often used the image of the pocket watch to symbolize time passing by, or life/memories passing by. If you had a pocket watch laying around, you could place that into the box.
The purpose of the box is to use found objects. If a student chooses to purchase materials and items for the box, that is the student's choice. The classroom will provide basic materials such as the box itself, paint, sandpaper, and other common artist materials. Anything beyond that must be provided by the student.