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Dream Painting - Surrealism

National Core Arts Standards:
VA:Re8.1.Ia - Interpret an artwork or collection of works, supported by relevant and sufficient evidence found in the work and its various
VA:Cn10.1.Ia - Document the process of developing ideas from early stages to fully elaborated ideas.
Missouri Visual Arts Grade Level Expectations:
I.1.B.HS.1 - Mix tempera/acrylic paints to create different hues; change in value or intensity; blend one; demonstrate proper use and cleaning
of brushes and palettes; use brushes of various sizes/types.
II.1.E.HS.1 - Identify and use color theory including color value, and color schemes
III.2.A.HS.1 - With one artwork: describe artwork; analyze the use of elements and principles in the work; Interpret the meaning of the work;
Judge the work from various perspectives

Learning Objectives
Students will be able to:

Decode and interpret artwork with visual evidence

Document the process of developing ideas from early stages to fully elaborated ideas

Create artwork using a variety of watercolor techniques

Formative Assessment Preliminary sketches, Q/A, one-on-one conversations
Summative Assessment Dream Painting rubric, written artist statement

Lesson Structure and Procedures

Overview: Students will use their learned knowledge from the unit so far and create a Surrealist Dream painting
Day 1:

Presentation on realism watercolor techniques with examples

Demo techniques
Practice Realism Study
In-progress informal critique on Practice Realism Study

Day 2:

Brainstorm dream painting ideas

Find and print reference photos - create 8x10 composition
Demo grid enlargement - Enlarge to 12x15
Start project

Day 3-5:

Instructional Strategies

Presentations Teaching student the difference between abstraction and surrealism

Question/Answer Formal assessment to check for understanding
Demonstration of paint application techniques
Visual Examples Used to illustrate expectation and to help with comprehension

Learning Activities
Group activity Minimalist movie poster game

Resources and Materials

Watercolor paper
Watercolor paint and brushes
Masking tape
Student Art journals
Plastic wrap
Rubbing alcohol
Paper towels

Classroom computer and projector for lesson presentation
Internet connection

Students will be given instructions verbally, visually, and in text form.
Students will be given examples of what is expected
Students will receive bulleted steps for each activity

Classroom Management

Students will have their cell phones away during the lesson presentations and student project presentations
I will walk around the room while students are working to check on progress and to see if they need help or have questions.
If several students have the same question, I will address the whole class to explain and clarify.
Individual students, and the class as a whole, will receive verbal feedback on their progress