BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM
|Artwork Inspired by the Adirondacks
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|Grade: 11th - 12th grade
Class: Art Elective and possibly Social Studies and English Language Arts
|NYS Content Area Standard:
Standard 3: Responding to and Analyzing Works of Art
|NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
|Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Culture & The ArtsHuman History
Art Performance Indicators 1 & 2
Social Studies Standard 3 Geography: Performance Indicator 4
|Keywords: art history, art analysis|
|Investigative Question or Issue: How has/does geography of an area affect and/or inspire artists?|
Although originally conceived as a challenge for Art class, this project might lend itself nicely to a multidisciplinary approach combining elements of Art, Social Studies, and English Language Arts. The teacher(s) involved may want to create interest in this project by showing students a slide show of different geographic features of the Adirondacks along with artwork inspired by these features. These slides might be accompanied by musical selections from the time period in which the artworks were created and photos of national events taking place at that time as well.
This slide show should be followed by a discussion that explores student reactions to the presentation:
In teams of two paired with the help of your teacher, select an artist whose work you believe has clearly been influenced by the Adirondacks. Research your artist using approved on-line and other resources.
Create an engaging and informative PowerPoint presentation that introduces your artist, the geographic and social context of his work, and your interpretation of his/her work to the class.
As you prepare your presentation, please consider the following:
Both members of your research team should share equally in the preparation of your presentation and be prepared to respond to questions regarding any aspect of your work.
As a corollary to this presentation, each team member should produce a two-dimensional work of art that is in the style of the chosen artist or is inspired by local geography that is personally meaningful. This work will be shared with and critiqued by class members
The student should also write an entry in their personal journal explaining the reason for their choice of geographic location and its meaning to them.
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