English through Art-

An English Project for the Upper grades of

 the Mae Boyar High School, Jerusalem.

by Jack Pillemer

 

Dear Students,

In pairs, you will be doing a project in English about art . The project is based on the paintings you see below - painting which actually appear on he walls, pillars and  the ground as you enter Boyar High School.

The amount you learn from this project, the satisfaction you get and your grade will largely be determined by the effort you invest.  So give it your best shot.

This project is a Bagrut requirement and  you may be tested on this work orally at the end of Grade XII. Be sure to have your own copy.

Approximately 10 full class lessons will be devoted to this work.

Follow instructions VERY carefully. Don't waste your time.

We hope you learn a lot of English, a lot about art, and enjoy yourself at the same time.

The project is a serious one which demands high quality work.

We are sure you will find the task challenging and you will produce work that you are proud of.

Final date:  ________________________________. (Ask teacher)

 

Your English Teachers.


For a MS WORD version of the project, click here.

   Stage 1 Getting organized.

Boyar students should go outside and  carefully examine all the artwork. Using the list of artists and names of paintings given to you  (on page 5 of the printed material), try match the painting, the artist and the name of the picture. When you have finished as many as you can, come back inside and complete  the chart below.

TIPS ON HOW TO DO THIS:

You will have to use your initiative for this stage.

Here are some suggestions:

Ask someone who may know more than you do. Try the art teachers, students who actually did the paintings, teachers and students who may know.

Browse art books in the library or the Internet using the clues you have picked up.

  VINCENT VAN GOGH     PABLO PICASSO      CLAUDE MONET     SALVADOR DALI     FRANZ MARC     PAUL GAUGUIN     EDWARD MUNCH     LEONARDO DE VINCI            MICHELANGELO     HENRI MATISSE     KEITH HARING     ART   ARTIST   ARTISTIC   CREATE   CREATOR   CREATION   CREATIVE   CREATIVELY   COLOR   COMPOSITION   LINE   FORM   TEXTURE   BRUSHSTROKE   DEPTH   WARM  COLORS       COLD COLORS    TRANSPARENT   OIL   WATER COLORS   PORTRAIT   SELF-PORTRAIT   LANDSCAPE    STILL- LIFE    SEASCAPE   FLAT   ROUND   CLEAR   BLURRED   DEPTH   BALANCE   EXPRESSIONISM IMPRESSIONISM   MODERN   POST MODERN   CUBISM    SURREALISM DRAMATIC   SUBTLE   LIGHT   DARK   TONES   PEACEFUL   DISTURBING   DARING   CONVENTIONAL   REVOLUTIONARY   BOLD PLACID   CALM   THEME   REALISM   ABSTRACT   FOREGROUND   BACKGROUND   CANVASS   FRAME   SPACE   PRIMITIVE ART   FAUVISM    TAHIT

Complete the chart below by matching the painting, the name of the painting and the name of the artist along each row

The first one has been done for you

Note that if you click on the small picture (called a thumbnail) you will see an enlarged image.

 

Example : Leonardo De Vinci

 

Example:    Mona Lisa

 

VINCENT VAN GOGH     PABLO PICASSO      CLAUDE MONET     SALVADOR DALI     FRANZ MARC     PAUL GAUGUIN     EDWARD MUNCH     LEONARDO DE VINCI            MICHELANGELO     HENRI MATISSE     KEITH HARING     ART   ARTIST   ARTISTIC   CREATE   CREATOR   CREATION   CREATIVE   CREATIVELY   COLOR   COMPOSITION   LINE   FORM   TEXTURE   BRUSHSTROKE   DEPTH   WARM  COLORS       COLD COLORS    TRANSPARENT   OIL   WATER COLORS   PORTRAIT   SELF-PORTRAIT   LANDSCAPE    STILL- LIFE    SEASCAPE   FLAT   ROUND   CLEAR   BLURRED   DEPTH   BALANCE   EXPRESSIONISM IMPRESSIONISM   MODERN   POST MODERN   CUBISM    SURREALISM DRAMATIC   SUBTLE   LIGHT   DARK   TONES   PEACEFUL   DISTURBING   DARING   CONVENTIONAL   REVOLUTIONARY   BOLD PLACID   CALM   THEME   REALISM   ABSTRACT   FOREGROUND   BACKGROUND   CANVASS   FRAME   SPACE   PRIMITIVE ART   FAUVISM    TAHIT


Check for the correct answers here.

  Stage 2 Getting the basics

Now choose THREE pieces of art from the ones above to focus on.

Find  large copies of the full paintings using art books or Internet.

Add the the year in which the painting was painted and where the original painting can be found today.

 

TIPS ON HOW TO DO THIS:

If you find the picture in a book it will probably have this information.

If you are using the Internet, go to a search engine such as http://www.google.com/  or http://www.yahoo.com/

Write the name of the painting and the name of the artist  in quotes (e.g. "Leonardo De Vinci" "Mona Lisa" ) as your key words.

Then try to find the date and location.


Stage 3 Looking carefully and describing what you see.

Choose 2 (of the 3) paintings and describe what you see in detail. You may relate to the following aspects:

subject matter, composition, color/contrast, texture /brushstroke.  The reader must be able to more or less imagine the picture in his/her mind without actually seeing it, on the basis of your description. Write approximately 100 words describing  each.

TIPS ON HOW TO DO THIS:

Subject matter: describe the scene in general terms e.g. portrait of a woman/ landscape/still-life etc. Is it realistic reflecting reality?

Composition: Describe each element in the painting in terms of position, size etc. Mention what attracts the eye and if the eye is naturally pulled in one direction or another. Mention how the canvas is divided, what space is left empty. Does the picture have depth i.e. is there perspective? etc.

Color: Are there generally warm or cold colors? Do any specific colors stand out? Is the picture light or dark? Are the colors true to life? Etc.

Texture/brushstroke: How is the paint put onto the canvass smoothly, thickly, flatly, covering large areas, in short dabs or dots etc.?

Other: Point out any thing else that catches your attention


Stage 4 Personal Reaction                                                     

Choose ONE painting (of the two you have just described)

What thoughts and/or feelings do you have when looking at the paintings? Explain your reaction. Write approximately 100 words.

Do you like the painting? Explain.

NOTE: this must be done individually by each member of the group.


Stage 5 Research:  learning about the artist.

Write a short biography of the artist. (approximately 150 words)

Read at least TWO different biographies from books or the Internet and summarize the main points. If you find any biographical information related specifically to the picture you have chosen, include it.

INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO DO THIS:

Find two sources of information about the artist that are not too detailed. Print or photocopy the sources. Read and understand the articles.

Decide on which information you want to include from each and underline/highlight that information.

Prepare a draft summary of the information you have decided to include.

Write the final version.

Keep a hard copy of your sources (printed) plus the details for your bibliography at the end.


Stage 6 Research:  placing the painting in its historical perspective

Art is often categorized by  historical art movements e.g. Impressionism, Surrealism, Cubism, Realism, Expressionism etc. Find out what art movement or movements are reflected in the picture you chose in stage 5.

(i)                            Describe the main features of the relevant art movement/s (approximately 100 words).  You must use at least two different sources of information Art books, the Internet encyclopedias, interview a knowledgeable person.

INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO DO THIS:

Follow all the instructions above.

In addition, if you interview a knowledgeable person, take notes.

(ii)                         Explain how these elements - the characteristic features of the art movements you researched in Stage 6 (i)  -are expressed in the painting you chose. (approximately 100 words).  It may be useful to photocopy the picture and label it for this purpose.

INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO DO THIS:

In this section you must show the connection if it exists in the painting - between the art movement (theory) and the painting (practice). For example you will have sentences like this one:

The Impressionists generally chose outside landscapes. This is true of the painting XXXX. The artist chose a field of flowers as his subject.


Stage 7 Creative work                                             

(NOTE: For students working in pairs, each student prepares his/her own creative work)

Choose ONE of the following tasks.

Paint a picture which reflects the style of the painting you have chosen.

Describe how it reflects that style and what you learned/understood by doing it. (Explanation must be approximately 150 words.)

Or

Write a short story in which one of the three paintings (you chose in the beginning) is one of the scenes/characters in that story. (Approximately 300 words)

Or

Write a poem/song (at least 20 lines) inspired by on one of the three paintings (you chose in the beginning). In addition, explain the poem and its connection to the painting. (approximately 150 words)


Stage 8 giving credit by preparing a bibliography

Prepare a bibliography including ALL your sources of information.

INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO DO THIS:

The bibliography must be on a separate page and must include at least 4 sources of information.

It must be in alphabetical order.  See example below

 (Encyclopedia)           - Britannica Encyclopedia, Volume 16, pages 74-79

 (Book)                        -  Green, J.  The History of Art. Oxford Press, 1993, page 24-27

 (Internet site)           -  Pablo Picasso Period Paintings     http://www.pablo-picasso-paintings-period.com/   4/10/03

(Interview)                  - Notes from an interview with Mr. David Solomon, 2/10/03  

  VINCENT VAN GOGH     PABLO PICASSO      CLAUDE MONET     SALVADOR DALI     FRANZ MARC     PAUL GAUGUIN     EDWARD MUNCH     LEONARDO DE VINCI            MICHELANGELO     HENRI MATISSE     KEITH HARING     ART   ARTIST   ARTISTIC   CREATE   CREATOR   CREATION   CREATIVE   CREATIVELY   COLOR   COMPOSITION   LINE   FORM   TEXTURE   BRUSHSTROKE   DEPTH   WARM  COLORS       COLD COLORS    TRANSPARENT   OIL   WATER COLORS   PORTRAIT   SELF-PORTRAIT   LANDSCAPE    STILL- LIFE    SEASCAPE   FLAT   ROUND   CLEAR   BLURRED   DEPTH   BALANCE   EXPRESSIONISM IMPRESSIONISM   MODERN   POST MODERN   CUBISM    SURREALISM DRAMATIC   SUBTLE   LIGHT   DARK   TONES   PEACEFUL   DISTURBING   DARING   CONVENTIONAL   REVOLUTIONARY   BOLD PLACID   CALM   THEME   REALISM   ABSTRACT   FOREGROUND   BACKGROUND   CANVASS   FRAME   SPACE   PRIMITIVE ART   FAUVISM    TAHIT


Stage 9 Getting it all together for presentation

Include ALL the following in this order

  1. Cover page (with your name, class and project title.)
  2. Contents page (what can be found on each page)
  3. Names, artists, dates and locations of 3 pieces of art you chose in Stage 1 and Stage 2.
  4. Descriptions in detail of 2 of the paintings you chose in Stage 3. (done individually)
  5. Your personal reaction to the painting in Stage 4
  6. A biography (research) of the artist in Stage 5
  7. Discussion of the art movement/s your painting represents (research) in Stage 6(i)
  8. Discussion of your painting in relation to the art movement/s in Stage 6(ii)
  9. Your creative work from Stage 7 (done individually)
  10.  A bibliography as described in Stage 8
  11. A photocopy of all your sources.
  12. The assessment/checklist page

  VINCENT VAN GOGH     PABLO PICASSO      CLAUDE MONET     SALVADOR DALI     FRANZ MARC     PAUL GAUGUIN     EDWARD MUNCH     LEONARDO DE VINCI            MICHELANGELO     HENRI MATISSE     KEITH HARING     ART   ARTIST   ARTISTIC   CREATE   CREATOR   CREATION   CREATIVE   CREATIVELY   COLOR   COMPOSITION   LINE   FORM   TEXTURE   BRUSHSTROKE   DEPTH   WARM  COLORS       COLD COLORS    TRANSPARENT   OIL   WATER COLORS   PORTRAIT   SELF-PORTRAIT   LANDSCAPE    STILL- LIFE    SEASCAPE   FLAT   ROUND   CLEAR   BLURRED   DEPTH   BALANCE   EXPRESSIONISM IMPRESSIONISM   MODERN   POST MODERN   CUBISM    SURREALISM DRAMATIC   SUBTLE   LIGHT   DARK   TONES   PEACEFUL   DISTURBING   DARING   CONVENTIONAL   REVOLUTIONARY   BOLD PLACID   CALM   THEME   REALISM   ABSTRACT   FOREGROUND   BACKGROUND   CANVASS   FRAME   SPACE   PRIMITIVE ART   FAUVISM    TAHIT


Your work will be graded according to the criteria listed below 

                             Assessment Criteria

Items to be included in final work

Point value For teacher to fill in

 

Cover page

(with your name, class and project title.)

1   

 

Contents page

(what can be found on each page)

1   2

 

Names, artists, dates and locations

of 3 pieces of art in Stage 1 and Stage 2.

1   2   3

 

Descriptions in detail of 2 of the paintings

you chose in Stage 3. (2X 100 words)

1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10

1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10

Your personal reaction to the painting

in Stage 4 (100 words)

1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10  12

A biography (research) of the artist

 in Stage 5 (150 words)

1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10  12

Discussion of the art movement/s

 (research) in Stage 6(i) (150 words)

1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10  12

Discussion of your painting in relation to

the art movement/s in Stage 6(ii) (100 words)

1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10

 

Your creative work

from Stage 7    

1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10

1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10  12

 A Bibliography

as described in Stage 8

1   2   3   

 

A photocopy of all your sources.

 

1   2

 

The Assessment/checklist page with the checklist filled out.

1

 

 

Total score    

                      -------------

                            100


 Checklist for all writing


Page of Useful Information

Boyar students  may consult the following members of staff for help:

Art teachers

Anat Barel

Tzippie Vital

Lisa Shalom

Feel free to use any resources you can find to complete the project but you may find the list of sites below useful.

  

http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/

General: Artist in alphabetical order and art movements

http://www.sanford-artedventures.com/study/study.html

General: Simple and brief

The site will also help you with the terms you need to describe a painting

http://www.yahooligans.com/arts_and_entertainment/art/Art_History/

General: List of sites for students on many aspects of art

http://witcombe.sbc.edu/ARTHLinks.html

General: A very detailed list of links

http://gardenofpraise.com/art17.htm

Leonardo de Vinci and the

Mona Lisa

http://www.eduweb.com/pintura/index.html

Fun:  simple webquest game that teaches the basics about some of the artists on the list. Fun!

http://66.113.241.131/master_act_color.htm

Fun: Keith Haring No information, but fun

http://library.thinkquest.org/C005545/english/dream/freud.htm

Information on Freud and Dreams an approach that influenced Surrealists.

   
   

  VINCENT VAN GOGH     PABLO PICASSO      CLAUDE MONET     SALVADOR DALI     FRANZ MARC     PAUL GAUGUIN     EDWARD MUNCH     LEONARDO DE VINCI            MICHELANGELO     HENRI MATISSE     KEITH HARING     ART   ARTIST   ARTISTIC   CREATE   CREATOR   CREATION   CREATIVE   CREATIVELY   COLOR   COMPOSITION   LINE   FORM   TEXTURE   BRUSHSTROKE   DEPTH   WARM  COLORS       COLD COLORS    TRANSPARENT   OIL   WATER COLORS   PORTRAIT   SELF-PORTRAIT   LANDSCAPE    STILL- LIFE    SEASCAPE   FLAT   ROUND   CLEAR   BLURRED   DEPTH   BALANCE   EXPRESSIONISM IMPRESSIONISM   MODERN   POST MODERN   CUBISM    SURREALISM DRAMATIC   SUBTLE   LIGHT   DARK   TONES   PEACEFUL   DISTURBING   DARING   CONVENTIONAL   REVOLUTIONARY   BOLD PLACID   CALM   THEME   REALISM   ABSTRACT   FOREGROUND   BACKGROUND   CANVASS   FRAME   SPACE   PRIMITIVE ART   FAUVISM    TAHIT


That's   it!

ENJOY YOURSELVES


 

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