Contemporary Artists

Contemporary Artists
Lesson Plans
Laura Paulk
ARE 5359
June 22, 2011
Benny Carter
Little Apple
Benny Carter
Come to Me, My Children
Benny Carter
The Day the World Changed
Benny Carter
• Students will analyze the paintings using the steps of
describe, analyze, interpret, and judge (Linderman,
• Students will learn how art can depict a place or event of
significance to the artist.
• Students will understand how color can affect the mood
and meaning of a painting.
• Students will explore why certain places are important to
• Students will create a painting of a place or event that
has meaning to them and draws on their live
Bessie Harvey
First Washing Machine, 1986
Bessie Harvey
Cotton Pickers, 1989
Bessie Harvey
Seven Days of the Week, 1994
Bessie Harvey
• “Today, more than ever, young people need opportunities to
authentically engage in autobiography and storytelling, and
connect with issues that matter to them” (Klein, 2008).
• Students will learn about the life and works of folk artist
Bessie Harvey
• Students will learn that art can tell a story and draw on your
life experiences
• Students will learn that recording cultural information is an
important part of leaving a legacy
• Students will incorporate found objects, wood, paint, and
fabric into a sculpture showing an activity that has significance
to them
Got Milk? Campaign
• Students will study how visual culture impacts their lives
everyday through television, the internet, magazines, and
• Students will learn about power used in advertising and
how it can be negotiated, not simply accepted and
• Students will discuss the influence celebrities and
athletes have over them.
• Students will write about what they interpret the
message of these ads to be and consider any
inconsistencies or exaggerations in the campaign.
Jaune Quick-To-See Smith
Trade (Gifts For Trading Land With White People), 1992
Oil, collage on canvas
Jaune Quick-To-See Smith
Buffalo, 1992
Mixed Media collage on canvas diptych
Jaune Quick-to-see Smith
Paper Dolls for a Post-Columbian World with Ensembles Contributed by U.S. Government
Watercolor and Pencil on photocopy
Jaune Quick-To-See Smith
• Students will learn how Jaune Quick-To-See Smith
addresses political, social, and environmental issues in
her art.
• Students will identify the symbols Smith uses and what
they represent.
• Students will see how juxtaposition and layering create a
striking composition (Gude, 2007).
• Students will discuss symbols they would use to
represent their personal and cultural identity.
• Students will create original collage using these symbols
to communicate a message about something that
concerns them
Andrea Zittel
A-Z 1994 Living Unit
Andrea Zittel
A-Z Escape Vehicle
Andrea Zittel
A-Z Cellular Compartment Units, 2001
Andrea Zittel
• “Attuning students to vitally experiencing everyday
life should be a goal of any systematic art education.
Students will learn to notice and to shape the world
around them” (Gude, 2007).
• Students will be encouraged to consider how design
and consumerism are related.
• Students will understand how they can draw on their
day to day activities for exploration and
• Students will design a living space based on their
needs and desires.
Media Study
• AT & T U-verse Commercial Polite Dinner
• Oscar Mayer hot dog commercial
AT&T U-verse Commercial
• Students will study the impact that visual culture has
on their everyday lives
• They will analyze this commercial in terms of power,
ideology, multimodality (Duncum, 2010)
• Students will compare the commercial to
experiences in their own lives
• What is the intended message versus how you
interpreted the commercial?
AT&T U-verse commercial (2011). Retrieved from
Carter, Benny (Artist). Little Apple [Acrylic on board]. Retrieved from
Carter, Benny (Artist). Come to Me, My Children [Acrylic on board]. Retrieved from
Carter, Benny (Artist). The Day the World Changed [House paint on wood]. Retrieved from
Duncum, P. (2010). Seven principles for visual culture education. Art Education, 6-10.
Got Milk? (2011). Julianne Hough Ad. Retrieved from
Got Milk? Chris Bosh Ad. Retrieved from
Got Milk? Taylor Swift Ad. Retrieved from
Gude, O. (2007). Principles of possibility: Considerations for a 21st-century art & culture curriculum.
Art Education, 60(1), 6-17.
Harvey, Bessie (Artist). (1989). Cotton Pickers [Painted wood, wood putty, fabric, cotton, straw,
beads]. Estate of Bessie Harvey, Retrieved from
Harvey, Bessie (Artist). (1986). The First Washing Machine [Painted wood, wood putty, cloth,
aluminum, beads and wire]. Estate of Bessie Harvey, Retrieved from
Harvey, Bessie (Artist). (1994). Seven Days of the Week [Painted wood, wood putty, fabric, metal,
plastic and found objects]. Estate of Bessie Harvey, Retrieved from
Klein, S. (2008). Comic liberation: The feminist face of humor in contemporary art. Art
Education, 61(2), 47-52.
Linderman,M.G. (1996). Chapter 11: Art analysis: Looking at and responding to art. Art in the
elementary school (pp.215-228). McGraw Hill.
Smith, Jaune Quick-To-See (Artist). (1992). Buffalo [Mixed media collage on canvas diptych],
ARTstor Slide Gallery, University of California, San Diego.
Smith, Jaune Quick-To-See (Artist). (1992). Trade (Gifts for Trading Land with White People) [Oil,
collage on canvas], ARTstor Slide Gallery, University of California, San Diego.
Smith, Jaune Quick-To-See (Artist). (1991). Paper Dolls for a Post-Columbian World with
Ensembles Contributed by U.S. Government [Watercolor and pencil on photocopy],
ARTstor Slide Gallery, University of California, San Diego.
Zittel, Andrea (Artist). (1996) A-Z Escape Vehicle [exterior: steel, insulation, wood & glass
interior: colored lights, water, fiberglass, papier-mache, pebbles, paint], The Museum of
Modern Art.
Zittel, Andrea (Artist). A-Z 1994 Living Unit [steel, wood, metal, mattress, grass, mirror, lighting
fixture, stove, oven, and green velvet]
Zittel, Andrea (Artist). (2001) A-Z Cellular Compartment Units [stainless steel, plywood, glass &
mixed media], Exhibit at Andrea Rosen Gallery, Winter 2002.

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