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High School lessons

CURRICULUMExpressing Oneself In Art


















Jackson Pollock,  “One: Number 31, 1950.” Oil and enamel paint on canvas. 8' 10" x 17' 5 5/8"


"The modern artist is working with space and time, and expressing his feelings rather than illustrating."


Course and Grade Level: Studio Art 2, 10th or 11th Grade


Curriculum Big Idea: Throughout time and across culture, artists have expressed their identity and beliefs through art.




Unit One (Big Idea): Throughout time and across cultures, artists have expressed and identified emotions through abstract and             realistic art. 

Unit Title: Expressing Emotions.


Unit Two (Big Idea): Throughout time and across culture, people find places and objects that identify with themselves in                               different ways.

Unit Title: Expressing Through Objects and Places.

Unit Three (Big Idea): Throughout time and across culture, artists have expressed their identity and beliefs through acting and                   works of art.

Unit Title: Expressing Through Acting in Art.

Unit Four (Big Idea): Throughout time and across culture, people used art to express themselves, their story, and their cultural                   background.

Unit Title: Expressing Through Art. 






            Throughout this program, the students will be creating artworks relating to their own identity. High school is a time for discovery, finding yourself, and developing a personality.  As art teachers, we should help them explore and form their own ideas.  They will learn how to incorporate expression in art using line and color as well, along with learning about places and objects that they find comfort in, and discovering their own important beliefs. Everything relates back to the student’s individualized identity. The teacher will be showing a lot of examples including teacher exemplars and work from other artists. When showing artworks of various artists, the students will be asked to form their own opinions of the work first. They are not expected to have the correct answer; they are expected to take the challenge seriously. In the end, this will help students form their own ideas, and they can make discoveries from their conclusions. We will also explore other cultures, along with art from different times. The students will not be allowed to copy another artist’s work, but only to use it for inspiration. It must be used in a purposeful way that relates to their own ideas. The students will also be exploring a variety of techniques including drawing, painting, and using three-dimensional materials such as clay and paper mache.  Because the times are changing to a more technological world, digital media will also be included, using photography and Adobe premiere pro. As a studio art class, it is important to have the opportunity to use different materials that best fit their own ideas and abilities.  Clay and paper mache might not fit with someone’s beliefs and ideas, so not everyone might use the same materials. Writing and researching will also be incorporated into many of the assignments, which makes sure that each student is creating art purposefully and not mindlessly. At the end of the year, this particular class will help students to form their own ideas and beliefs, learn how to find comfort in art, and they will learn more about themselves and their own identity.

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