Thomas – Beth Reeves
Learning Objective/Exit Outcomes:
- Students will be able to identify what Christopher Columbus discovered along his voyages.
- Students will be able to create a visual representation of their social studies knowledge.
- Students will be able to practice Visual Thinking Strategies and enhance their visual art literacy.
Social Studies & Visual Art
SS3H2 Describe European exploration in North America.
- Describe the accomplishments of: John Cabot (England), Vasco Núñez de Balboa (Spain), Hernando de Soto (Spain), Christopher Columbus (Spain), Henry Hudson (The Netherlands), and Jacques Cartier (France).
VA3.CR.1 Engage in the creative process to generate and visualize ideas by using subject matter and symbols to communicate meaning.
- Utilize multiple approaches to plan works of art incorporating imaginative ideas, universal themes, and symbolic images.
- Apply available resources, tools, and technologies to investigate personal ideas through the process of making works of art.
VA3.CR.3 Understand and apply media, techniques, processes, and concepts of two dimensional art.
- Develop drawings and paintings with a variety of media (e.g. pencil, crayon, pastel, tempera, watercolor).
VA3.RE.1 Use a variety of approaches for art criticism and to critique personal works of art and the artwork of others to enhance visual literacy.
- Use art terminology with emphasis on the elements of art and/or principles of design.
- Use a variety of approaches to engage in verbal and/or written art criticism.
- Use a variety of strategies to critique, discuss, and reflect on personal works of art and the work of peers.
- Papers folded accordion style, 3 peaks/6 sections
It is helpful to look up Agamographs on the internet, so you, as the teacher, understand the art form in order to effectively implement this strategy. For this strategy, we created a simple agamograph, with 3 peaks and 2 valleys, thus 6 sections. Begin by having students label each section A1, B1, A2, B2, A3, B3. With the paper folded accordion style, when you look at the paper from the left, you will only see A1, A2, and A3. When you look at the paper from the right, you will only see B1, B2, and B3.
With this strategy, students will be creating two images in combination with each other, so as you view the agamograph, from the left you might see a drawing of Columbus’ ships and from the right you might see a map of Asia. For this class, students were encouraged to draw to things Columbus discovered on their agamographs.
Students were given about 10 minutes to finish their drawings. Students then treated their classroom as an art gallery and walked around to view each other’s artwork, asking them to consider Visual Thinking Strategy questions such as:
- What do you see?
- How do you know?
- What else do you see?
The teacher then had students sit back down and led a class conversation about what they saw in the artwork they observed about Columbus’ journey.
It would be very helpful to do the activity with them (have the smart board ready, or a fairly big sheet of paper to give students a visual of what the agamograph should eventually end up looking like).