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What Do You See on Your Mind's Screen?

Cathy McIntyre
Okaloosa County Schools

Description

Did you know that the human mind is more creative than a television, movie or computer screen? Using the elements of art, students communicate ideas by creating unique pictures with sufficient manipulative skills after listening to or reading a poem.

Objectives

The student uses the elements of art and the principles of design with sufficient manipulative skills, confidence, and sensitivity when communicating ideas.

Materials

-Poem of [Annabelle Lee] by Edgar Allen Poe (See Associated File)

-White paper

-Color paper

-Color pencils

-Color markers

-Pencils

-Ink pens

-Glue

-Water based paint

-Paint brushes

-Other art materials that could be use to create a picture

-Copies of the Rubric (See Associated File)

Preparations

* This lesson addresses only the elements of art and sufficient manipulative skills when communicating ideas. The principles of design could be addressed in another lesson.

1. Prepare to describe the sailboat scene. You may want to write down what you want to say so you have notes to refer to.
2. Have copies of the poem ready to hand out to the students.
3. Prepare the Rubric that will be used and post a copy in an area where the students can refer to them if needed.
4. Post the elements of art in an area where the students can refer to them if needed.
5. Gather the materials that will be used to create pictures and place them in an area where they are easily accessible to the students.
6. Refrain from showing an example of a picture in order to encourage the students to draw from their own creative thought processes.

Procedures

1. Tell the students that today they are going to use their minds as screens to project ideas and then they will create a picture that will communicate the picture that is in their mind.

2. Review and display the elements of art (line, shape, space, contrast, texture and color) that the students have learned in previous lessons and point out that these elements must be integrated into the pictures they create.

3. Review how ideas that are formed in their minds are communicated through the various art mediums.

4. Review and display a copy of the Rubric that will be used to assess the quality of their pictures. (See Associated File)

5. Describe the following scene and tell the students that they are the individuals in the scene before you begin: You are sailing on a sailboat on a perfect day on a crystal clear lake with your best friend while talking about a major experience in life.

6. Do not describe the landscape on the shore, the color of the sails, what you were wearing, what your friend looked like or what the major life experience was.

7. Ask the students if they were able to “see” a picture in their mind and ask two or three students to volunteer to describe their picture in less than one minute each.

8. Encourage them to describe details such as the colors of the sails, the landscape if they picture it from the boat, how the air felt (breezy, calm), what they were wearing, how they were feeling, what their friend looked like, etc.

9. After listening to the separate descriptions, ask the class to point out some of the differences in the details of the “pictures” of the two students.

10. Give each student a copy of the poem, [Annabelle Lee] by Edgar Allen Poe. (See Associated File)

11. Tell the students that you are going to read the poem aloud as they listen quietly.

12. Tell them that you want them to be aware of the picture that forms in their mind as they listen to and read the poem.

13. Read the poem aloud.

14. Tell them that they will create a picture using their choice of the art materials that are available in a designated area. Their pictures are expected to display sufficient manipulative skills that they have practiced in previous lessons while using the art materials.


15. Provide a variety of art materials that includes white and colored paper, color pencils, glue, paint, pencils, markers and ink pens.

16. Before the end of the class period stop the activity and ask the students to share their pictures, telling what idea they are communicating and point out which elements of art are included.

17. At the end of the class, display all of the pictures so the students can see how each person’s mind created a unique image of the poem.

Assessments

Content Standard:
The student uses the elements of art and the principles of design with sufficient manipulative skills, confidence, and sensitivity when communicating ideas.

Florida Process Standard:
Information Managers

This lesson assesses only the elements of art and sufficient manipulative skills when communicating ideas.

Evidence:
1. Students create a picture that uses all of the elements of art (line, shape, space, contrast, texture, and color) with sufficient manipulative skills to communicate an idea from a poem.

Use the attached rubric to formatively assess each student’s ability to draw a picture that includes all of the elements of art and communicate an idea with sufficient manipulative skills.

Criteria:
1. The picture includes line, shape, space, contrast, texture and color.

2. The picture effectively communicates an idea related to the poem.

3. The selection and use of materials reflect sufficient manipulative skills.
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