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High School Art Lesson Plan

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Introduction to color theory with digital design.
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Material Type: Assignment
Technical Format: HTML/Text
Date Added to MERLOT: November 06, 2011
Date Modified in MERLOT: December 14, 2011
Submitter: Lacey Spieth
Keywords: Color Theory, High School, Art


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Avatar for Iman Zaatari
4 years ago

Iman Zaatari (Teacher (K-12))

In this lesson plan, smart board was used as a learning tool to present and discuss the material with the students. Real world application of artwork was used to grab students' attention. While going through the lesson plan, I felt that more details were needed on how it would be done. I also thought that adding a video or some kind of media will be more useful in the explaining and demonstration process. This way the lesson will be able to reach all type of learners. Overall, it is a great lesson.

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Time spent reviewing site: 45 min

Avatar for Brian Walker
4 years ago

Brian Walker (Teacher (K-12))

This lesson would be a good lesson to implement following the introduction to the elements of art StAIR that you created. Granted: The StAIR was designed for use with middle school students whereas this plan is for high school students. It’s possible that either of these could be “tweaked” for use with students at either level.

Using even a basic drawing/painting program with students can be a great way to introduce color theory to students by having them create digital works of art. Similar lessons can, and often are, taught the old fashioned way with paints, paper/canvas, brushes, etc. Of course, using these older methods would require the students to also manage the physical supplies properly and clean up at the end of an art making session. Depending on where the students are in their art education in your classroom, managing these supplies properly can be a lesson in and of itself. Having students work digitally at the beginning of their color theory can help them focus on just this area of their art education. The lessons on using actual painting supplies, an important lesson, can happen on another day.

The lesson plan calls for the use of a Smart Board but only for sharing of the work the students have completed at the end of the lesson. This technology could also be used at the demonstration phase of this lesson and could even be used by some of the students to create their actual art pieces. Personally, I think the reason why I don’t enjoy creating artwork myself digitally is because I miss the directness that I get from putting a pencil/pastel/paint brush onto a sheet of paper/canvas. With a computer, in order to draw a picture I have to manipulate a mouse that is on the table to my right while the picture itself is up on the computer screen. I suspect that some students may have a similar struggle. Depending on the sensitivity of the mouse itself, this struggle could be further complicated. If the students were given the option to create their digital pieces more directly by using the Smart Board screen as their drawing surface and their finger as the drawing tool these struggles might be alleviated.

Time spent reviewing site: 45 minutes.

Avatar for Lisa Napierala
4 years ago

Lisa Napierala (Teacher (K-12))

I am a elementary teacher that had the job to review and analyze the lesson plan of this author.  What the author did well was that she provided examples of color schemes from popular culture.  This real world application would make the lesson easier to grasp.  Also, I thought the socialization activity was meaningful for students as they used the SMART board to discuss student work.  The author could have used multiple media to help her instruction on the color wheel and color theory.  This would assist both visual and auditory learners easier.

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There were not technological glitches in pulling up the lesson plan.

Time spent reviewing site: 15 minutes