Weaving Around the World

 

Artwork Inspired by Landscape

Lesson Summary

After viewing images of artwork created using long exposure digital photography and a discussion about the process that captured the blurring of light amidst stationary objects, students utilized a school-provided iPad to create their own long-exposure images. The room was darkened and two backgrounds were provided to students, one using warm and the other cool colors. Students were shown how to use a variety of light objects (laser pointer, flashlights of various sizes etc.) to "draw" on the background of their choosing. Given the availability of only one iPad for the class, the lesson became a group experience as students watched their classmates create images while they waited for a turn. Students used curved and straight lines, on-off patterns, and symbols (letters, shapes etc.) to create their images. Observing students also offered mark-making suggestions as they went along. These images were printed and mounted for the students to take home as an artifact of their experience.

Grade Level

Art Standards

Interdisciplinary Standards

Objectives

Objective #1

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Objective #2

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Objective #3

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Big Ideas

Nature & Culture

Artists are inspired by the landscapes they live in and thus, art from different cultures often reflects the region of origin.

Resources

An artist’s access to resources influences the type of art they create. Additionally, natural resources impact the extent to which different cultures participate in trade and cultural dissemination.

Form & Function

Art can be both useful and beautiful.  It is a hallmark of civilizations throughout history to add artistic details to the objects and tools they use to improve the quality of their day-to-day lives.

How are societies influenced by the environment around them?

How does the availability of resources impact the development of a culture?

Why might standards of beauty be related to the environment a culture is located within?

Assessment Data

  • Weaving Technique 80%
  • Participation 50%
  • Understanding of Environment & Natural Resources 75%
  • Aesthetics Discussion 60%

Learning in Action!

Students were challenged to apply grade-specific cross-disciplinary knowledge while developing their artistic skills. Each student chose the regional color palette they wanted to incorporate in their artwork as well as the materials used to create their weaving. Some students created beautiful patterns, while others focused on mixing textures or colors. Assessments utilized in this lesson were both formal and informal in nature and included in-progress class and small group activities, writing exercises, and a final rubric, and self-assessment.