Lesson Plan : Geometry in African Art

Teacher Name:
 Grade 7-8
 Arts and Crafts

 art and math in another culture
 geometric shapes,sculpture, fiber art, angle, line, and curve.
 Create a unique and mathematically driven geometric design.
 Analyze art works in terms of geometric shapes and forms.
 Understanding art student book, African cloths,prints and sculptures interactive smart board: students will create a geometric design in groups using art connect website.
 read aloud sections throughout pg. 188 in the student books. As students read, write the terms angle, line,curve on the board. Direct students to diagram on pg 188 and ask: which of the figures shown have straight lines, angles, or curves?
  Ask students to brainstorm a list of geometric shapes. (smartboard activity detailed in materials section). I will create with the help of a students example list a geometric design inspired by African art works using the artconnect website on the smartboard.
 Ask for volunteers to make shapes on the board. Next have have volunteers to add to the shapes in a way that will change them into forms. teacher questions before shapes will change: What forms results when a _______is extended into 3 dimensions. (fill in shape name then have student respond with form name) Students will analyze artworks on pg. 188 & 189 discuss the similarities and differences between the art pieces . explain the origins of kente cloth point out what the cloths are defined as today and explore African art of the north in Morocco. Allow students to research about north African art and come back in extended lesson to report their findings.
 Have students find as many squares as they can in the kente cloth in figure 11-24. remind them that some squares contain other squares.
Checking For Understanding:
 Students will answer questions in art journal from MAKE THE CONNECTION: Take Another Look
 Allow time for students to share their geometric designs. Have them explain how they used geometric concepts and properties to create their artwork.
 project rubric: one for students to fill out (self reflection of work) and one filled out by myself.

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