Transformation Curriculum (Elementary)

Curriculum by Amanda E. Gross
Theme / Unit Title: Transformation
Unit Goal: Artists interpret ideas of transformation in their artwork in vastly different ways.

Transform-an-object drawings
National Visual Arts Standards: 1, 2, 4, and 5

Lesson Goal: Some artists use ordinary, everyday objects to create works of art that cause us to think of the objects as something else.

Assignment: Select an ordinary, everyday object from a class-generated list. Create a drawing of the object in pencil, based on observation. Through cut-and-paste, erasing, or other means, create a finished drawing where the object has transformed into something quite different.

Visual References:
Work by Brian Jungen transforming Nike shoes, and Federico Uribe transforming pencils.

Transform material to create a world
National Visual Arts Standards: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6

Lesson Goal: Artists transform materials to create imaginary worlds.

Assignment: Think of a fantasy world from a book you’ve read. How could you change and re-purpose ordinary materials to build the structures found in that world?

Visual References:
Left to right: work by Kirsten Hassenfeld, Christine Lee, and Peter Dziulak.


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