Jessie Sutherland

Art Education Portfolio

lesson plans


IMG_26593rd Grade Movement Composition (download full lesson plan)
In this lesson, students will learn historical information related to the futurist art movement and how social and technological advancements have fueled artistic change throughout history. We will focus on several artworks that express movement and discuss the various ways that the elements and principles of art can be used to create a dynamic composition. For their project, students will transform clippings of action poses from magazines by tracing them on clear plastic and layering the figures, adding line and shape to create rhythm.

symbolportrait2nd Grade Symbol Self-Portrait (download full lesson plan)
In this lesson, students will gain an understanding of Renaissance society by studying relevant artworks from the time period. We will practice interpreting visual clues (symbols) within portraits to determine information about the individuals pictured. Students will then create their own self-portrait using symbols to represent a memorable day in their lives.

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Middle School

flamingo_forweb7th Grade Fantasy Creature
From Greek Mythology to Big Foot to The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus meme, stories of strange, mysterious creatures have dominated popular folklore for centuries. The idea of bringing an entirely new animal to life captures the imagination of 7th grade students, who draw real animals from photo references and combine their most interesting features into one extraordinary creature. This lesson highlights visual versus tactile texture, with students creating texture through glue resist and blending colors with chalk pastels.

IMG_27788th Grade Perspective Landscape (download full lesson plan)
The invention of perspective allowed artists to mimic the way our eyes perceive space, creating a level of realism that had not yet been achieved in art. In this lesson, students employ one point perspective in a landscape drawing of a chosen location. In addition to creating the illusion of depth, an important part of this project is researching a place of interest to better understand the culture and its visual manifestations. Students are encouraged to add details that reflect the unique visual language of their location.

High School

moodscape_webMoodscapes (download full lesson plan)
In this lesson, students will learn how the science and art of color have transformed throughout history. They will explore personal feelings about place through writing and practice mixing and blending color through various exercises. Finally, students will choose a special place to paint and make technical choices in order to convey their desired mood through an artwork.

Non-Traditional Portrait
Many contemporary artists push the boundaries of art by choosing to work with found, recycled, or atypical media. Advanced high school students analyze how material choices can change the meaning of an artwork. Their challenge here is to create a realistic portrait of a person using non-traditional media with a mosaic or collage technique. Students use problem-solving skills to determine a material that will represent their subject conceptually and to adapt to this new, unpredictable material.

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