Grades 9–12, Visual Arts

Standards:

CA CCSS Reading Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subject (RST)
11.8:
Evaluate the hypotheses, data, analysis, and conclusions in a science or technical text, verifying the data when possible and corroborating or challenging conclusions with other sources of information.

Grades 9–12
VAPA, Visual Arts, Aesthetic Valuing, Advanced
4.4
Apply various art-related theoretical perspectives to their own works of art and the work of others in classroom critiques.

Lesson Idea:

In grades 11–12, the advanced visual arts student is expected, through researching the works of an artist in a text or art form, to formulate and support their position regarding the aesthetic value of a specific personal work of art. The student must apply various art-related theoretical perspectives to their own works of art and the works of others in classroom critiques.

To begin engaging in this task, the student researches the work of an artist, such as Salvador Dali, through his biography and his painting "The Persistence of Memory." The student then formulates a position on the aesthetic value of the painting. The student creates a Venn Diagram of the positive and negative views of others regarding the painting. The student then defends or changes his position in an essay about the value of the selected painting, in this example "The Persistence of Memory." The student continues to look at the selected artistic style, Surrealism in other Salvador Dali works. Using the information in the research and from reading the various paintings the student creates his or her own painting using the chosen style.