Assembling a Masterpiece
Developed by: Sue Liedke, early childhood Visual Arts teacher
Learning Objectives for Grades: Pre-K – 1
Lesson Plan Ideas
- Visually examine the iconic work of American sculptor, Louise Nevelson
- Identify the elements of design (like color and line) present in her assemblages
- Practice decision-making skills in selecting scale, materials to work with and object placement
- Work on fine motor skills while picking small objects to include in assemblage
- assemblage: a collection of objects fitted together.
- monochrome/monochromatic: varying tones, but only one color.
- found object: a natural or manufactured object, not originally intended as art,
considered to have artistic value
Set-up: Pre-cut masonite boards into a variety of sizes for students to choose from, and secure hanging apparatus on back of each board before students begin work.
Introduction: In a circle time each day, look at 2 to 3 images of Nevelson’s many sculptures:
- Ask open ended questions to students: What do they notice? How are the sculptures the same, and how are they different?
- Discuss the scale of her work.
- Identify objects in the composition, as well as abstract lines and shapes.
Artmaking: Demonstrate appropriate amount of glue to secure wood.
- Let students create initial compositions.Allow work to dry overnight, then allow students to complete assemblage with any finishing touches, small objects (beads, pegs, etc).
- When work is completely dry (allow 24 hours), students choose any color and paint their entire piece, being careful to examine it from every angle for full coverage.
Note: This project is prime for incorporating recycled objects! Encourage students to scour the art room or bring intere