Achieve Believe
Create Dream

Sites for Student Program of the New York City Department of Education
P.S. 6 STATEN ISLAND
16 sessions, 5th Grade
Fall 2001-Spring 2002

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Sample Lesson Plan:
Class 1 | Class 2 | Class 3 | Class 4
Class 5 | Class 6 | Class 7 | Class 8
Class 9 | Class 10 | Class 11 | Class 12
Class 13 | Class 14 | Class 15 | Class 16

Materials:
Cardboard boxes for maquette, ink, brushes, newspaper, newsprint pads, cling wrap, aluminum foil, baggies clay tools, glue, scissors, string or rubber bands, xeroxes of images, colored felt, buttons, pompons, pipe cleaners

Vocabulary:
Clay, paper, ink, texture, 2D, 3D


Lesson Description:
Class 1

Introduction to public art works and to artist's installations (slide & video presentation). Discussion of possible themes for atrium installation, materials and working methods. Present sculptural concept for the atrium as a work which engages an entire space including floor, ceiling and walls. Students draw initial ideas on a piece of 9" x 12" paper. Students write notes on same paper regarding the color, shapes, and feeling that they associate with their idea. Start a dictionary of art related terms.

Questions:
What would you like to see when you enter the building? Which direction do you look when you come in the door? What is public art? Ask for examples of public art vs. private art. Talk about monuments, plaza art, and buildings e.g. Eiffel Tower and Guggenheim Museum.

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Class 2
Present examples of public works by artists Tapies, Richard Hunt, show connection between their sketches for the space and actualized work. Work on the floor around the atrium area on 4th floor, students do a larger drawing using graphite pencil and sticks on a 18" x 24" paper. A perimeter line for the space is first drawn so that they will start to focus on the actual shape and dimensions of the site. Experimentation is important as graphite is a new material for these students.

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Class 3
Slide lecture on public art works by artists Jessica Stockholder-uses variety of ordinary materials and shapes. Do a drawing simplifying some of shapes from previous drawings. Begin working on a construction inside a cardboard box which is approximate scale of space. Materials supplied include string, tape, foam cups & plates, wood skewers, pipe cleaners, straws, cotton balls, rubber bands, paper clips, cardboard,-all things devoid of color. Emphasis is on understanding Space. Hand-out notebooks to use as journal for drawings and vocabulary building.

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Class 4
Slide lecture on public art works by artists Jessica Stockholder, Richard Serra "Torque Ellipse", Parenko' inflated sculpture, Fred Sanders', works with string to create space, Begin working on a construction inside a cardboard box which is approximate scale of space. Materials supplied include string, tape, foam cups & plates, wood skewers-all things devoid of color. Emphasis is on understanding Line

Vocabulary words:
Ellipse, space line, form, volume, tension

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Class 5
Slide lecture on public art works by artists Piccaso, Noguchi, Calder, Gehry. Continue working on a box construction. Materials supplied include string, tape, foam cups & plates, wood skewers-all things devoid of color. Emphasis is on understanding Shape.

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Class 6
Slide lecture on public art works by artists Piccaso, Noguchi, Calder, Gehry. Continue working on a box construction. Materials supplied include colorful foam hair curlers, kitchen sponges, and a variety of household objects. Emphasis is on understanding Color.

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Class 7
Working with Celluclay-made of pulverized paper pulp students are asked to create simple sculptural shapes to get a feel for another material and process. Focus is on experimentation rather than product, to develop a feel for different approaches to art making. Practice working with clay to learn how to create different basic shapes and structures-coils, rolling balls using slabs to create form.

Vocabulary words:
Shapes, cube, sphere, pyramid, cylinder

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Class 8
Discussion of color theory primary, secondary colors. Teach a method for mixing Continue working on a box construction.

Materials:
acrylic paint. Students paint celluclay sculptures and boxes. Emphasis is on understanding Color.

Vocabulary:
Hue, shade, value

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Class 9
Students are taught basic brushwork from Chinese calligraphy and landscape painting as a means to expanding their hands-on vocabularly. The emphasis here is not on the "Chinese" brush but learning how to express oneself using different tools. This is just a way to develop a feel for the beauty and dynamics of line. A demonstration of early pictographic characters shows how Chinese characters correspond to the "real" world; students learn the difference in holding a calligraphy brush from the way they normally handle a water color brush; students draw with crayon on paper their own visual symbols or characters for simple ideas such as sun, moon, mountain, person, fire and water and animals such as fish and horse, which are compared to the Chinese symbols/words. Students learn to write Chinese characters with brush and ink. Teach basics of landscape painting and bamboo. Students are asked to use brush and ink to do a drawing on a large piece of paper of their concept for the atrium sculpture.

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Class 10
Using a color xerox of elevation of tile wall in atrium, students do overlay drawings using tracing paper of sculptural ideas to be attached to the wall. They are asked to write notes in margins explaining materials and concepts for their art works.

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Class 11
Discussion of the drawings from previous class. Vote on which box constructions each class prefers and why. Brief slide lecture on Meaning in the context of the works for the Atrium.
Slides shown: Matisse, "Red Room"

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Class 12
Using a xerox of elevation of horizontal area under the windows in the atrium, students do overlay drawings using tracing paper of sculptural ideas to be painted or attached to the wall. They are asked to write notes in margins explaining materials and concepts for their art works.

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Class 13
Students are asked to draw a plan and an elevation of their bedrooms at home from memory. This is an exercise to help them understand space, drafting and scale and memory.

Homework:
To measure objects and wall dimesion in their rooms to bring be used in next class.

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Class 14
Draw two new drawings; a plan and an elevation, using grid paper and plugging in the actual dimensions they took. of their bedrooms.

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Class 15
Draw final sculptural idea to in to scale. Note dimensions and any essential details.

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Class 16
Create own symbol for horse after learning the Chinese symbol then use it as the basis for a collage using colored construction paper on a circulare paper plate.

Slides:
Artist Xu Bing use of English/Chinese language to create his own particular symbols which become part of larger installations. Comparison of art works to everyday examples of design: artist Claes Oldenburg plaster pastries to real pastry displays; Felix Gonzales-Torres cander wrapper installation to Turkish street vendors artistic stacking of shoes on blankets; neon tube words of Bruce Nauman compared to the calligraphic writing of a fortune teller in China ; Richard Long's stone installation compared to a spice merchant display in Xian, China.

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