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Claude Monet and his Friends and Followers
Name: Debbi Hom
School: P.S. 124
Address: 40 Division Street
City: New York, NY, 10002
Original Project: Claude Monet and his Friends and Followers
Author: Clara Winters
URL: http://teachnet.ie/cwinters/

How did you modify this unit for use in your own classroom?: I chose to modify the lesson titled “ What’s Your Impression?” I used the lesson’s premise of observational drawing and applied it to a new lesson for Vincent Van Gogh. My lesson was inspired by Van Gogh’s still life drawings of shoes or boots and my own following of Vincent’s footsteps through the streets in and around Paris. The question I posed to my students is: What would it be like to walk in your shoes? Students are given the opportunity to share their ideas through artistic and written means.

List your primary instructional objectives for your students.

  Hone students observational skills
  Explore using color expressively
  Create and experiment with visual texture

What role did technology play in this curriculum unit?: Technology was integrated by using the Internet to show students examples of Vincent Van Gogh’s work. Web sites used included: www.metmuseum.org www.mcs.csuhayward.edu/~malek/Impression/Gogh/Gogh06.html www.vggallery.com/ www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/gogh/

How did you assess and evaluate student performance?: Students were assessed by teacher observations and by a class art critique. During the critique students discussed and compared the similarities and differences between each other’s work.

Please tell us briefly about your background & teaching experience: Ms. Hom has an MA in Art Education from Teachers College and a BFA in Illustration from Parsons School of Design. S he has teaching experience in both private and public sectors. This is her third year teaching art at P.S. 124. She is thrilled that each day she has the opportunity to share her passion for art with such creative young minds.

What are your recommendations for other teachers interested in adapting this unit?: I would suggest for teachers to ask students to bring in a pair of their favorite shoes that may remain in the classroom as long as needed. If students need to continue their initial drawing in the following class, there would be no need to reconstruct the still-life.


Samples of Student Projects

  Each student set up a still life of their shoes and created an observational drawing.


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