Grades 9–12, Visual Arts

Standards:

CA CCSS Reading Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subject (RST)
9.8:
Assess the extent to which the reasoning and evidence in a text support the author's claim or a recommendation for solving a scientific or technical problem.

Grades 9–12, Visual Arts
VAPA, Visual Arts, Aesthetic Valuing
4.3
Formulate and support a position regarding the aesthetic value of a specific work of art and change or defend that position after considering the views of others.

Lesson Idea:

The visual arts student in grades 9–10, through researching the works of an artist, will formulate and support a position regarding the aesthetic value of a specific work of art and change or defend that position after considering the views of others found in the research text. To engage visual arts students in this process, the teacher introduces the students to the artistic style of Surrealism.

The students will engage in research on the work of the artist Salvador Dali through his biography and his painting "The Persistence of Memory." The students then formulate a position on the aesthetic value of the painting. Students then do further reading about the views of various art critics. Students create a Venn Diagram of the positive and negative views of others regarding the painting. The students then defend or change their position in an essay about the value of "The Persistence of Memory."