Homage to Bleriot
- Grade Level:
- Kindergarten-Fourth Grade
- Art, History
- 45 - 60 minutes
- Group Size:
- Up to 24
- National/State Standards:
- Historical, Cultural, and Social Contexts.
Creative Expression and Communication.
Analyzing and Responding.
OverviewCommunicating ideas through interpreting and creating visual symbols.
Objective(s)Students will be able to interpret and create visual symbols to communicate ideas.
MaterialsMaterials for this plan include a reproduction of Robert Delaunay's Homage to Bleriot, pencils, sketch paper, color pencils, marker, or pastel
The instructor will show the group a large reproduction of Homage to Bleriot, and ask to reflect on the work. The instructor will ask what shapes, colors, and designs are being used in the painting. Students will also be given an opportunity to tell the group what each of these items means in his or her interpretation.
The instructor will take a few moments to explain what the symbols in the painting meant to the artist. The entire work was a celebration of technological progress, as represented by the airplanes and Eiffel tower. Bleriot's flight across the English Channel was a significant event in Europe. The circles represent the movement of propellers, the sun, and the rose windows in cathedrals. The variety of colors are intended to represent the idea that unity is present even in opposites.
The instructor will brainstorm with students on recent important technological innovations. Examples might include the Internet, cell phones, solar panels, renewable fuel systems, smart cars, and other innovations.
Students will be asked to create a painting that celebrates one of these technological achievements. The instructor may ask students to start by sketching out ideas on practice paper, or may have students begin drawing directly on the final paper.
AssessmentThe success of this project can be ascertained through the quality of the artwork. The instructor can also ask a series of questions regarding the objectives of the lesson to determine how well students have comprehended the material.
|Category||Possible Points||Points Earned|
|Time on Task||20|
|Following Assignment Guidelines||20|
|Use of Materials||20|
Park ConnectionsGraphic design – The group might explore the idea of graphic design, and consider how their ideas could be used on a variety of materials and products. Robert Delaunay's wife, Sonia Delaunay-Terk, used many of the color and shape patterns she and her husband developed on articles of clothing. Students could think about how to transpose the images they used in their paintings on shirts, pants, or shoes.
ExtensionsPeer groups can be used to assist students who struggle to develop ideas, or have difficulty expressing themselves in a visual format.
Additional ResourcesThe Eiffel Tower, Robert Delaunay, by Milos Cvach and Sophie Curtil
Last updated: February 19, 2016