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Artful Installations: 3D Constructions

By Lori Langsner, Art Teacher


Overview   Timeline   Lesson 1: The Sensory Palette   Lesson 2: The Literary Palette    Lesson 3:  The Color Palette 
Lesson 4: The Studio Palette  Enhancements & Follow-Up   Resource List  Illustrative Materials & Showcase Gallery 
Assessments & Evaluation Strategies    Gallery Guestbook   Teacher Diane Lufrano's Adaptation of this Unit
Link to Other Lessons by Lori  (middle school level)

"Bedroom at Arles" Print

Bedroom at Arles
Oil on canvas
Vincent van Gogh

Bedroom at Arles
3D room installation
Students of class 8spl

Using the workshop model and an interdisciplinary approach to teaching, students were asked to create a larger than life recreation of a famous painting they have become familiar with through their reading and Web explorations.

Beginning with a read-aloud from the "Getting to Know the Great Artist" series by Mike Venezia on the life and work of Vincent van Gogh, students were introduced to art in a fun and exciting way.  Van Gogh's life was presented with a light and humorous approach.  "If kids can look at art in a fun way, and think of artists as real people, the exciting world of art will be open to them for the rest of their lives."

Using problem-solving skills, communication, and diversity of tasks, student groups of four were able to create 3D sculptural interpretations of their chosen paintings.  Some of these include:

"Bedroom at Arles" by Vincent van Gogh
"Persistence of Memory" by Salvador Dali
"Japanese Bridge & Water Lilies" by Claude Monet
"Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grande Jatte" by Georges Seurat
"The Great Wave" by Hokusai

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