Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Frank Stella Relief Sculptures

This is a lesson my Fifth Graders are just finishing up. We studied the art of Frank Stella, specifically his artwork "Jarama II." There is a great online slideshow that takes you through observing and talking about the artwork at www.nga.gov. When I presented this lesson I used a powerpoint that I created from that slideshow. We then returned to our seats to brainstorm a list of activities...and we broadened it to any physical activity - not just sports. We recorded these on the board. I then chose one and showed them on the board how you would represent that activity with shapes, and lines. I asked the students to think about the equipment, the movements and the colors in their chosen activity and then they spent time sketching their ideas. It was difficult for many of them to think in such abstract terms, but we kind of tried to make it like a guessing game for the viewer. We didn't want to make it obvious what the activity was - so they were not allowed to represent the activity in any realistic way. Once students had developed their ideas, they began cutting their shapes from cardboard. Once all their shapes were cut, they arranged them and I took a picture of it. After that, they began to paint. First covering all their pieces with colors, then adding patterns or designs with paint. Once everything was painted, students assembled and glued their pieces together to finish them. Click below to see our students artwork for this project.

Bertha Robinson's 5th grade
Memorial's 5th grade


Ms. Weymouth said...

I love these - how many class periods did it take for the students to create their artwork? How big are they? Great job, I really like the work on your site!

Julie Durocher said...

We spent one class period learning about the artist and doing sketches. 2-3 classes on cutting out the pieces and arranging them into a composition. 2-3 classes on painting them and assembling the work. I have my students for 45 minute class periods. I often do longer projects with my upper grades (4th and 5th).

Ms. Weymouth said...

thanks for the info!

Cescely said...

Amazing lesson and great way to challenge your students. Lots of creative thinking required for this project!