Saturday, February 14, 2015

Organic Subtraction Sculpture with Ra Paulette



Lesson Objective 
Work with elements of art: Shape, Color
Work with Principles of Art: Unity 
Create an Organic Subtraction sculpture in the style of Ann Weber or Ra Paulette

Key Vocabulary: 
Organic Shape: Organic shapes and forms are typically irregular or asymmetrical. Organic shapes are often found in nature, but man-made shapes can also imitate organic forms.
Anthropomorphic:  Described or thought of as being like human beings in appearance, behavior.
Analogous Color: Analogous colors are groups of colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel, with one being the dominant color, which tends to be a primary or secondary color, and two on either side complementing, which tend to be tertiary.
Monochromatic: Are derived from a single base hue and extended using its shades, tones and tints. Tints are achieved by adding white and shades and tones are achieved by adding a darker color, gray or black.

Materials: 
Floral Foam
Clay Tools
Acrylic Paints in Analogous Colors 
White glue

Focus Artist/s: 
Ra Paulette
Ann Weber

Project Requirements
Subtract from a Floral Foam Block exploring organic shape and unity in the style of Ra Paulette and/or Ann Weber
Sketchbook: Students draw construction/color plans for each side of their Organic Subtraction sculpture and submit plans for approval. 
Final Sculpture: 
Organic shape and unity with Paulette/Weber influence apparent
Analogous/Monochromatic colors present on ALL sides final sculpture
Assessment: 
Informal: Written Self Critique
Formal: Artist Statement
Formal: Grading final sculpture

CA STANDARDS: 
1.1 Analyze and discuss complex ideas, such as distortion, color theory, arbitrary color, scale, expressive content, and real versus virtual in works of art.
1.2 Discuss a series of their original works of art, using the appropriate vocabulary of art.
2.1 Solve a visual arts problem that involves the effective use of the elements of art and the principles of design.
2.2 Plan and create works of art that reflect complex ideas, such as distortion, color theory, arbitrary color, scale, expressive content, and real versus virtual.
4.2 Identify the intentions of artists creating contemporary works of art and explore the implications of those intentions.
4.5 Employ the conventions of art criticism in writing and speaking about works of art.
5.2 Compare and contrast works of art, probing beyond the obvious and identifying psychological content found in the symbols and images.

Modifications: 
English Language Learner: Handout for project, project samples, Power point with visuals, Critique for additional understanding, Demonstration of techniques, group activities to check for understanding
Special Needs: Handout for project, project samples, Power point with visuals, Critique for additional understanding, Demonstration of techniques
Accelerated Learner: Expand on skills learned to create a unique project. 
Advanced art students will be asked to increase the difficulty of their final sculpture They will also be expected incorporate more details and principles into the final project

Scaffolding adaptations: 
Students will revisit Shape, Color and Unity from the earlier learning. We will use similar visuals to refresh earlier learning.  Notes on Art history, Key Vocabulary and artists will be taken throughout discussions for added understanding. Creating sketchbook plans and Constructing final sculpture will be demo started in class using guided instruction. 

Anticipatory Set: Art Link: 
Small Group Critique Ra Paulette’s Cave Carvings 
Describe
Analyze
Interpret
Large Group Critique 
OBJECTIVE: Introduce working artists exploring organic artwork in subtraction.  
Create Subtraction Sculpture from a Floral Foam Block exploring organic shape and unity in the style of Ra Paulette and/or Ann Weber
Students will understand new vocabulary as is relates to visual art


DIRECT INSTRUCTION:
Power Point Presentation Ra Paulette, Ann Weber
Pre-assessment: Critique Ra Paulette’s Cave Digging 
Opening: Art Link: Photo of Ra Paulette’s Cave Digging 
Small Group Discussion
Describe the work
Analyze the artwork
Interpret The artwork 
Large Group Discussion
Discussion: Art History:
Watch Video

ARTIST: Ra Paulette: 
Born in Chicago, grew up in Indiana
68 years old
He left school to join the Navy 
He hitchhiked around the country
Years spent in a cabin without electricity or running water
He moved to New Mexico in 1977
First cave was completed in 19
Manual labor is the foundation of my self expression.  
To do it well, is a “whole-person” activity, engaging mental and emotional strengths as well as physical strength.
When excavating the caves, I break down the movements into their simplest parts and reassemble them into the most efficient patterns to accomplish the task while maintaining bodily ease.  
Like a dancer, I “feel” the body and its movement in a conscious way.  
I’m fond of calling this “the dance of digging”,  and it is the secret of how this old man can get so much done.85

Ann Weber: 
Born Jackson, Michigan 1950
Lives and works in Emeryville, California 
1987 MFA, California College of Arts and Crafts  Oakland, California 
Studied
Inspiration: working with a palette of simple forms: cylinders and circles
Her sculptures are symbolic of male and female forms in the natural world under Viola Frey
Works from the landscape
Her shapes originate from natural forms
once enlarged they become almost anthropomorphic
KEY VOCABULARY: 
Organic Shape: Organic shapes and forms are typically irregular or asymmetrical. Organic shapes are often found in nature, but man-made shapes can also imitate organic forms.
Anthropomorphic:  Described or thought of as being like human beings in appearance, behavior.
Analogous Color: Analogous colors are groups of colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel, with one being the dominant color, which tends to be a primary or secondary color, and two on either side complementing, which tend to be tertiary.
Monochromatic: Are derived from a single base hue and extended using its shades, tones and tints. Tints are achieved by adding white and shades and tones are achieved by adding a darker color, gray or black.

Teacher Models 
Examples of vocabulary on the board throughout discussion 
Students take notes in their sketchbooks 
Teacher Monitors room throughout discussion
Check for Understanding: 
Monitor room during Pre-assessment in sketchbook
Monitor throughout discussion ensure comprehension and active note taking 
Various Activities Designed to check/enhance student comprehension
Ra Paulette Video
Students will watch video and take notes on Ra’s  Comments about his art

Activity: 
Sketchbook Drawing: Students will begin thinking about their ideas in their sketchbooks. 
FINAL PROJECT:  Subtract from a Floral Foam Block exploring organic shape and unity in the style of Ra Paulette and/or Ann Weber
Sketchbook: Students draw construction/color plans for each side of their Organic Subtraction sculpture and submit plans for approval. 
Final Sculpture: 
Organic shape and unity with Paulette/Weber influence apparent
Analogous/Monochromatic colors present on ALL sides final sculpture


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