Essay on The Great Gatsby
Subject Visual Art: Painting
Grades 6 ‐ 12
Standards Addressed Artistic Perception, Creative Expression, Aesthetic Valuing
Teaching with KQED Media
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Gather copies of master drawings for students to view. This can include works by historical artists such as Titian, Tintoretto, Giovanni, Bellini, Leonardo, and Michelangelo. Encourage students to select a drawing that they admire and like. During this process, invite students to consciously ask why the artist made choices with media, color, form, line quality, etc. Explain to the students that if they can identify specific strategies used in a drawing, then that strategy or skill can transfer to their own works of art.
After a drawing is selected for copying, invite the students to study the artist. During this process, explore the following questions:
Where was the artist from?
When did the artist live?
Did the artist belong to any particular “school” or movement?
Did the artist study under the guidance of another master artist?
Is it known when the work was created?
What materials were used, including type of paper?
While observing the drawing, encourage students to watch for soft and hard edges in the lines. Pay attention to the quality of lines and shading patterns. Observe how shading is achieved. Note what methods are used, whether it’s