Proportion: the relationship of parts of an object to its whole, eg. the nose in relationship to the face.
Collage: a way of making a work of art by gluing different objects, materials, and textures to a surface.
Craftsmanship: A way of working that includes following directions, neatness and proper use of tools.
Details: additional features added to create interest.
Layering: placing something on top of something else to create depth and texture.
Portrait: the visual representation of a person’s head and shoulders.
Recycling: to repurpose discarded items as new products. Upcycling turns discarded items into better-quality products.
Relief: a work of art that projects from but belongs to the wall or background surface.
Ali Golzad is a Texas-based self-taught artist, originally from Sweden by way of Iran. He specializes in digital and reclaimed art. Golzad developed his own style working in various mediums. His drive to create, while still caring for our planet, enabled him to look at ordinary objects in a new light and transform commonly discarded materials into something meaningful.
His work is abstract and figurative, inspired by the cubism of Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Marcel Duchamp, and Alexander Calder.
Cut the cardboard pieces so there is a large assortment of sizes and textures.
Prepare images of relief sculpture, work by Golzad, paper collage artists and 2 cubist artists whose work best aligns with this lesson.
For your demonstration, precut face and feature shapes (eyes, nose, etc.). Keep a few thin tagboard pieces to demonstrate cutting hair textures, or paper pieces to fold.
Students will observe portraits then use good craftsmanship to create a relief portrait.
21st Century Thinking Skills
Thinking flexibly, persisting, creating, innovating, taking responsible risks, listening with empathy, reflecting, goal setting, observing, making connections, visualizing, sequencing, comparing/contrasting, determining main idea, finding evidence, determining point of view, cause and effect, decision making, evaluating.
WA State Learning Standards
(VA:Cr1.1.3) a. Elaborate on an imaginative idea.
(VA:Cr1.2.3) a. Apply knowledge of available resources, tools, and technologies to investigate personal ideas through the artmaking process.
(VA:Cr2.1.3) a. Create personally satisfying artwork, using a variety of artistic processes and materials. This happens when students make personal choices about content, and use good craftsmanship.
(VA:Cr2.2.3) a. Demonstrate an understanding of the safe and proficient use of materials, tools, and equipment for a variety of artistic processes.
(VA:Cr3.1.3) a. Elaborate visual information by adding details in an artwork to enhance emerging meaning.
(VA:Re7.2.3) a. Determine messages communicated by an image. This happens when details and texture inform the viewer about the person portrayed.
(VA:Re8.1.3) a. Interpret art by analyzing use of media to create subject matter, characteristics of form, and mood.
(VA:Re9.1.3) a. Evaluate an artwork based on given criteria.
(VA:Cn10.1.3) a. Develop a work of art based on observations of surroundings.
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