Masterful Forgeries with Phillip Martin
Lesson Plan
Learner Outcomes:
Color: Understand that colors can be transparent and opaque
  Understand that color schemes can be analogous, monochromatic and complementary
     
Line: Appreciate that line is used to represent the world around us
   
Space: Appreciate that positive and negative space is used to enhance aesthetics
     
Texture: Appreciate that texture is used to enhance realism
  Appreciate that texture is used to enhance aesthetics
   
Form: Appreciate that art encompasses a variety of 3-D forms using various media
   
Design: Realize that the contrast of value (tone) causes eye movement
  Appreciate the difference between unity and monotony in art
   
Materials: 25 ceiling tiles, or whatever surface is available
  25 6B pencils
  25 pencils
  25 brushes
  Acrylic paint
  glue
  an assortment of different beans
   
Vocabulary: Transparent, Opaque, Analogous, Monochromatic and Complementary Colors, Line, Positive and Negative Space, Texture, Media, Unity, Monotony
   
There is so much potential for this activity. I've had students paint famous paintings, Native America patterns and African Designs. For this particular lesson, we used famous masterpieces. I like every opportunity to introduce kids to the masters. Like it or not, they remember the pieces they paint as well as the ones their friends created. In this activity, students may work alone or in groups of no more than three to create their painting.

First have the students research a masterpiece of choice and get a photocopy or printout. Then, they need to graph the art onto the ceiling tile. (If you have not taught students to work with a grid, that lesson may be a good starting point. It is such a valuable tool.) Soft 6B pencils work well for drawing on ceiling tiles.

Stress how important it is that the students do not to erase on the surface of the ceiling tile. (If they make a mistake, it will be painted over anyway.) They must not lean on the surface of the tiles with their elbows or knees because it will create permanent craters, ruining the surface of the painting. And, students need to be careful not to touch the fiberglass any more than absolutely necessary. I strongly suggest gloves to move the tiles.

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