LESSON TITLE: Marc Chagall – Drawing our Dreams
TEACHER NAME: Jennifer Schupak
GRADE LEVEL: 7th – 12th
CLASS TIME: _60_Minutes _1-2_Days/week _1_# Session(s)
SUBJECTS COVERED – History, Art, Famous Artists
- Students will demonstrate different drawing and coloring styles such as stippling, impasto, and scraffito.
- Students will learn how to manipulate oil pastels by drawing and smearing with paper towel creating a smooth effect.
- neutral paper
- oil pastels
- colored markers
- paper towel
symbol – something visible that by association or convention represents something else
distort – the alteration of the original shape (or other characteristic) of an object, image, sound, waveform or other form of information or representation
hidden meaning – meaning behind an image which reveals the rest of the story
proverb – a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people
Cubism – an artistic movement in France beginning in 1907 that featured surfaces of geometrical planes
Expressionism – an art movement early in the 20th century; the artist’s subjective expression of inner experiences was emphasized; an inner feeling was expressed through a distorted rendition of reality
stippling – pointalism.” Putting dots close together results in a darker effect
impasto – pastels applied to paper in a thick, rich way.
scraffito – When the artist applies thick rich pastels and then scrapes away some of the pastels
Harshav, Benjamin. Marc Chagall and the Lost Jewish World: the Nature of Chagall’s Art and Iconography. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 2006. Print.
Show students March Chagall’s work. Give them a short history lesson on his work, and his challenges growing up as a Jew during the Nazi war era. Explain to students to way he took normal images and distorted them. Take something simple like a square, and draw it with squiggle like lines to give them the idea of distortion important for younger students. Like Chagall create a brightly colored work of art showing a dream like state. Remind students that Chagall often created from his dreams and used colors, shapes, forms, textures and line to create mood and feelings and to tell a story. Use a paper towel to smooth out the oil pastels. Also have students use crayons and markers to add to to larger parts of their Chagall dream drawings. As always I have made up a teacher example of something with a Chagall style, but not a replica of something he has done.
Make sure to inspire students with discussion on dream, dream interpretation, and expression imagination. Remind them of their important terms and reaffirm a follow up of these these terms with a crossword puzzle, which you can create here: http://www.armoredpenguin.com/crossword/