Dream Scenes (Middle School)
Students have had many experiences in their lives that may be hard to express in words. In order to tap into and process these experiences, students will transform ordinary objects into dream-like scenes in the style of Marc Chagall. Students will use surrealistic art-making processes, such as distorting or exaggerating scale, color, space, perspective, etc., to learn how to express their inner feelings, fantasies and memories through imagery.
Re-Imagining Materials (Middle School)
Each day humans live with and encounter objects made from many different materials that originate and end up in our lives in a variety of ways. Understanding these materials is an essential aspect of making considered decisions about art and art creation, as well as making thoughtful decisions about how we use our natural resources. Students can express themselves more completely when they have an understanding of the materials they encounter and use on an everyday basis.
Materials Studies Sampler (High School)
Each day humans live with and encounter objects made from many different materials that originate and end up in our daily lives in a variety of ways. Understanding the physical properties and cultural meanings embedded in these materials is an essential aspect of making considered decisions about art and art creation. Students will explors materials from a physical and cultural perspective.
Re-Imaging the Renaissance (Postmodernism) (High School)
Because of social media, students are more connected to the world than any generation that has come before. By appropriating images, ideas, and artifacts of well-known Renaissance artists and re-imagining them using 21st Century technologies that focus on connectivity, students will gain an understanding of the phrase "The Medium is the Message" and what it means for art and society.
Shape Shifting: Transforming the Body through Fashion (High School)
Fashion has a long history of transforming the human form from its natural proportions to the most extreme dimensions. It has the potential to exaggerate or even eliminate parts of the body, depending on what is valued in any particular society. Through the lesson, students will have the opportunity to examine and respond to early 21st century values as evident in visual culture by designing garments that augment the body imaginatively in a way that might be useful to a person living in this society.