Picturing America

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Dublin Core

Title

Picturing America

Subject

Meaning and Objects

Description

This lesson has been developed for students in 4th – 12th grade for the Columbia Museum of Art’s school program. During this program learners discuss American history through different works of art from the 1700s to the 1900s. Learners also discuss the fundamentals of printmaking, such as a collagraph, Americana and what a symbol is, and what makes it important. In this lesson, students will be introduced to Robert Indiana's 'The American Dream' and will analyze his use of different symbols and numbers to represent his interest in Americana, social issues, and philosophical themes. Students will then design their own print using symbols that signify important aspects of American culture.

Creator

Molly Wise-Drews
Katielynn Gadow

Source

CMA 2005.6.7 The American Dream, Robert Indiana. 1971.

Publisher

Handheld Art

Contributor

Columbia Museum of Art

Unit Plan Item Type Metadata

Duration

3 classes

Standards

Visual Arts Standards:
VA7-1.3 Select and apply the most effective materials, techniques, and
processes to communicate his or her experiences and ideas through the
artworks.
VA7-2.3 Select the elements and principles of design to create artworks with
a personal meaning.
VA7-3.2 Select and use subject matter, symbols, ideas, and the elements and
principles of design to communicate meaning through his or her artmaking.

Integrated CCSS:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.7 Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.6 Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author’s point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).

Objectives

The learner will:
1. Discuss and define what symbols are, and identify specific examples of American symbols.
2. Analyze Robert Indiana's The American Dream and his use of symbols to represent American culture at that time.
3. Design personal symbols representing his/her experience with American culture.
4. construct a collagraph plate using foam cutouts.
5. make several prints, experimenting with ink colors and printing techniques.
6. reflect on their artwork by writing an artist statement about their symbols.

Materials

Foam Board
cardboard
Paper
Pencil
water based printmaking ink
Foam Brush
brayers
Scissors
Glue
various experimental materials for constructing the collagraph:
yarn
aluminum foil
tape
leaves

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