Part of Unit: Intermediate Narrative Production
Lesson Plan Overview / Details
Students will research the styles of both a film artist (editor, screenwriter, director) and visual artist and create an original narrative emulation reflecting the aesthetic/conceptual styles of both.
- Lesson and Project
- 2 - 3 Weeks
- 55 Minutes
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California Academic Content Standards (Reinforced)
Objectives and Goals
- Students will explore and begin to understand their own artistic style.
- Students will understand and analyze the styles of visual, digital and film artists in their community and beyond.
- Students will utilize intermediate screenwriting, pre-production, production and editing skills to create an original piece that emulates the styles of a film artist and visual artist.
Activities in this Lesson
- Jackson Pollock Emulation - Hooks / Set
Students will go the following interactive website (designed by visual/digital artist Miltos Manetas) and explore their own artistic style combined with the style of Jackson Pollock. Spend five minutes interacting with the site, save your piece and answer the following question:
- How would you define Jackson Pollock’s style?
- How you define Miltos Manetas style? What medium does he use to create?
Lead a group discussion sharing student responses.
- Jackson Pollock by Miltos Manetas [ Go to Site ]
- Biographies: Manetas and Pollock - Lecture
Emulate: to imitate or reproduce the style of another in an original work
Read and discuss the biographies of artists, Manetas and Pollock:
Miltos Manetas began making paintings In 1995, some time after he had become a devotee of computers and mastered image-processing software, so it is no surprise that laptops, Zip drives, data cables, and digital-game components populate his works. But beyond providing subjects for still lifes and props for figure studies, the "coolness" of computer technology, its cut-and-paste power over images, has led the artist to an analogous casualness about the vocabulary of painting that permits him to freely sample styles of rendering and strategies of composition.
Jackson Pollock:American painter, the commanding figure of the Abstract Expressionist movement.This manner of Action painting had in common with Surrealist theories of automatism that it was supposed by artists and critics alike to result in a direct expression or revelation of the unconscious moods of the artist. Pollock's name is also associated with the introduction of the All-over style of painting which avoids any points of emphasis or identifiable parts within the whole canvas and therefore abandons the traditional idea of composition in terms of relations among parts. The design of his painting had no relation to the shape or size of the canvas -- indeed in the finished work the canvas was sometimes docked or trimmed to suit the image. All these characteristics were important for the new American painting which matured in the late 1940s and early 1950s.
- Elements of Art: Film - Guided Practice
Following a study of Pollock and Maneta's bios prompt the students to brainstorm artists in the film industry and record their responses on a whiteboard or projected screen.
Next, prompt the students to choose one of the artists listed on the board and answer the following questions about that artist:
1. Thinking about what you already know about this artist, how would you define their style?
2. What elements of their style do you admire most?
Lead the students in a discussion of their responses.
- Reflection of Personal Style - Independent Practice
Students will take a look at their own artistic style as filmmakers by reflecting on the following questions:
- Describe your artistic style. What elements do you think are the strongest?
- What elements of style in your own art would you like to either add to your skill set or continue to polish?
This exercise can either be assigned as homework or during class.
- Student Example: Personal Style Reflection [ Download ]
- Research and Analyze Five Artists - Lab / Shop
Students now have the opportunity to research both artists in their community and beyond and begin to really dissect style. The students will find five artists: two visual and three film.
They will research and find out the following material and then conduct a short analysis of each artists' style:
For each artist answer the following questions:
- Email address and/or contact information for the artist or their place of work.
- Description of art
- Website, gallery location, production company of where their art can be found
- How do they market their art? Advertisements? Galleries? Web? Distribution?
- (at least one paragraph) Description of the artist’s style: conceptual, color, shape, lines, form, writing, composition?
- Describe what specific element (s) of their art you admire most?
- Provide a link to a piece of their art or screenshot.
- Student Example: 5 Artist Research and Analysis [ Download ]
- Compare and Contrast Two Artists - Lab / Shop
Next the students will choose two of the artists whose styles they are most inspired by and compare and contrast these artists' styles in order to gain deeper understanding. Note: one artist MUST be a visual artist and one MUST be related to the film industry.
- Student Example: Compare and Contrast [ Download ]
- Artist Emulation Project - Projects
You will choose TWO artists (one visual and one film) and include elements of both his/her styles in one original piece.
The final products will have recognizable qualities of the artist.
1. You will utilize your own subjects/storylines. Do not copy the artist’s image from the web or book but create your own subject/storyline and apply the artists’ technique to it.
2. You will develop a script and storyboards for approval before final project is created
3. Final video: 1-2 minute original piece.
4. Presentation: must include an example of each artist’s piece in your final presentation.
You will be graded on the following components:
Story (proper script format, approved storyboard, clear beginning, middle and end, representation of emulated artist’s style)
Composition (adherence to rule of thirds, 180 degree rule, horizon lines, etc, creative use of movement and angles, representation of emulated artist’s style)
Editing (proper file management, creative use of pacing, finishing, proper output, representation of emulated artist’s style)
- Artist Emulation Project and Description [ Download ]
Assessment-Presentation of Project
- Assessment Types:
- Rubrics, Presentations
After finishing the research and analysis of their own artistic styles combined with the styles of filmmakers and visual artists, students are now ready for the Artist Emulation project. They will create an original narrative emulating the combined styles of both a visual and film artist of their choice and present their piece to their peers. Remind the students to include an example of work from each artist emulated in their piece.
- Rubric [ Download ]