Students will examine artworks showing figures in a setting.  After discussing how the placement and scale of a figure in a setting affects the mood, students will use a digital camera to take two photos of a student model.  One photo will be chosen to be reproduced as a pencil sketch on 12x16 paper.  Student will examine how artists have used value to create form, depth, and mood before adding value to their sketches.  Students will continually assess their work before participating in a critique based on set criteria. 

Grade 8 Benchmark:

Through close observation and sustained investigation, students develop individual and global perspectives on art; utilize the principles of art, solve design problems, and explore perspective, scale, and point of view.

Performance Indicators:

Create a pencil,conte, or pen and ink drawing that demonstrates:
observation of detail
scale of objects and figures
a wide range of values
a personal view
Students will be able to: 
Identify the similaries and differences between artworks displaying a figure in a setting.
Use a digital camera to take photos of a figure in a classroom setting that illustrates a change in scale
Select the best photograph based on its composiiton and use of scale and perspective.
Use an ebony pencil to make a sketch.
Use an ebony pencil to make a value chart.
Define value and gradation.
Identify areas in a photograph that require gradation to show form.
Identify student sketches that use a wide range of values.
Use a photograph as the basis for applying values to a sketch.
Compare the drawing techniques of Seurat and White to determine how they created a mood.
Analyze how artists use value to create depth.
Add value to their sketches to create mood and depth..
Self-assess their work based on set criteria.
Make changes to their drawings based on set criteria.
Participate in a class critique.
Students will understand that: 
Changing the scale of a figure in a setting can affect the mood.
The placement and size of a figure impacts the composition and the scale.
Artists often use photo images as reference when planing a composiiton.
A wide range of values creates form and depth.
Seurat created drama and mystery by using high contrast, a range of values, and little detail.
High contrast can create a dramatic mood while less contrast can create harmony and quiet.
Artists can use value to increase the feeling of depth.
Artists continually reflect on and assess their work in order to make changes.
Artists continually evaluate and make adjustments to their work based on set criteria.
The purpose of a group critique is to make constructive suggestions for improvement and to identify sucessful solutions.
scale, perspective, composition, background, foreground, shapes, forms, value, gradation, mood, contrast, harmony, space, critique, constructive, criteria
Student, Peer and Teacher Assessment:
Preliminary sketches and works-in-progress
Informal student reflection/responses
Written self-assessment of performance tasks
Peer critiques of student work
Structured group conversations using accountable talk
Small-group discussion and critiques
Teacher observation of work-in-progress with feedback to student
Conferencing with students
Questioning students during independent work
Charting of class discussions
Clear teacher expectations, including guidelines and project goals
Review of completed homework
Completed work
Research paper on artists and works of art
Essay comparing or contrasting artists' work
Peer review of final work
Originally contributed by: 
Robin Holder; Laurel Danowitz-Gerges