sam gilliam - the forgotten master
20th Century Revolutionaries
Post Modern painting such as
These interesting segments of the art world (specifically in regard to painting) pushed the limits of what is acceptable as "art." Going through these art genres and experimenting with the very diverse techniques artists use to achieve their content will press the student artist to his or her experimental best.
Project Description: Throughout a six week period, students will learn the basic premise and history of the artists in several movements some of which are listed above. During the course of this unit, students will experiment in various styles investigating methods and materials of different master painters. For the close of the unit, students will have four weeks to generate a work of their own employing the concept or revolutionary artists to guide them. What is meant by this is that the students will push their personal limits and revolutionize their own painting style/abilities. To show this process, students will generate a work in their new experimental style documenting their process in pictures. The pictures will then be formed into a presentation in which students explain their artistic reasoning for the painting.
Content Standards: Using the National Art Common Core Standards -
Definition: Conceiving and developing new artistic ideas and work.
Performing: Realizing artistic ideas and work through interpretation and presentation. Presenting: Interpreting and sharing artistic work. Producing: Realizing and presenting artistic ideas and work.
Understanding and evaluating how the arts convey meaning.
Definition: Relating artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external context.
Essential Questions: What does it mean to be revolutionary? What sort of revolution would you start as an artist? What defines an object as art? How do the revolutionary artists of the 20th century effect you? Is manipulation/transformation of culture art?
Understanding: As artists we learn from previous artists' work. Truly understanding that work involves study of the artists that originated the movements, learning their methods, and trying the techniques ourselves. This unit will expose you to several 20th century art movements and ask you experiment in any and all of them. In this effort, you will gain skills and conceptual understanding to be able to find new ways to express your own voice.
Students will know: The different movements, where and when they occurred. They will also be exposed to trying out versions of these techniques to gain a fuller understanding of the mediums and techniques. Proficiency will occur when the student artist creates a work of art using his/her own understanding of what being a revolutionary painter means.
Students will be able to: Distinguish the differences in each movement. Interpret and create studies based on master works. Apply the knowledge of revolutionary artists' reasonings to their own work.
Assessments: Through formative daily practice of informal critiques by peers and the instructor, students will gain knowledge of 20th Century painters that revolutionized art and how to paint using those techniques. Some students will continue investigating an artist or art movement by doing extra research. Students are encouraged to present this research to the class in daily discovery discussions. Summative assessments will be in three forms - critique/discussion (how well the student presents his/her own work and how well she/he responds to others), the generated artwork(s), and personal reflections on the process both in generation and critique.
Activity 1. Student Artists will view and respond to at least three movements within the unit. These responses should be immediately relatable to their own experiences and should provide new outlets for creative expression.
ACTIVITY 1.5- FORUM participation is required. One entry per week in the Discussion forum below will go toward your participation grade
Activity 2. Student Artists will develop up to four paintings as a master study echoing style and technique or materials used by the masters of a movement.
Activity 3. Student Artists will participate in critiques throughout the painting process as one on one with the instructor or with their peers.
Activity 4. Using these newly learned methods, materials, and techniques of painting, the student artist will create a composition reflecting their understanding of the revolutionary painters using his/her own subject matter and interests, materials, etc.
Activities for MOST students:
Most students will respond to multiple examples of artists creating works from several sources, some works that cross styles and genres as experimentations.
Activities for SOME students:
Some students will complete several works at home and in class experimenting with different techniques and styles. These experiments will be numerous and recorded as evidence toward the goal of achieving a personal revolution in painting.
The instructor will provide video samples, links to research artists, and lectures on topics providing supports to student artists in order to best service their level and need.