ISMs with Phillip Martin
Lesson Plan

This is the kind of activity that an art teacher really loves.  It introduces so much information to the artists.  To begin the project, draw a contour still life.  Upon completion, the illustration is divided into five sections.  Silly me.  I imagined the simple use pie wedges.  Many of my artists create much more interesting divisions. 

In each of the five sections, the rendering of the still life is done in a different artistic style.  The project gets its name from these five selected "isms" -- Realism, Surrealism, Pointillism, Cubism, and Impressionism.

There are wonderful moments for an art teacher when you hear classroom discussion about art and different styles in their regular conversation. They are rare and glorious -- and they happen with this activity.


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