During my Early Field Teaching at The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, I taught a seven week art program for the 6th grade class at PVO South.
Big Idea that drives Lesson/Unit:
Movement is an everyday occurrence. When we consider the ways and reasons people move, we can get a glimpse of patterns in society and the values of a group of people. By breaking movement down individually, locally, nationally and globally, we can begin to distinguish these patterns and values and convey them through artwork. Understanding these patterns and values and situating ourselves and others within them allows us to understand and gain empathy for others.
Project One: How did I get here?
The students were told to illustrate their movements from the time they woke up until the present moment using only line. Funnily enough, some students drew their line to the present movement and then kept the line slowly moving as they continued to exist, until I said the activity was over.
Project Two: Global Transportation
For this project, I showed the class time lapse videos from four locations around the world: Amsterdam, Venice, Ho Chi Minh City, and Times Square NYC. Each location has different major forms of transportation that are bicycles, gondolas, motorbikes, and walking/taxis respectively. The students were able to see these forms represented in the videos before choosing a city to investigate further with a handout I had prepared. They drew a birds eye photo of their city on to a large sheet of paper and colored it in a sepia tone. We then made stamps out of styrofoam sheets that corresponded to the main form of transportation in their city. They then stamped them into their cities to convey the movement of the people living there.
Project Three: Zine Swap
Extra Activity! Future Movements
Students finished Project Three at different rates, so I gave out an extra activity where the students could make there own little zine about a future movement they wanted to make! Here is a couple of examples I was able to sneak a peek at!