The purpose of this lesson is to allow students to apply the elements and principles, learn about the art of making silhouettes, and tell a story through silhouettes. The presentation starts off with a great critical thinking thinking exercise called 3 (3 words), 2 (two questions), 1 (1 simile or metaphor) with one of Kara Walker's silhouettes. Her images are quite graphic so I would use this lesson only with my 11th and 12th graders depending on the maturity of the group. This presentation is meant to be shown along with Kara Walker's segment on Art 21 (You can look it up online Art 21: Storytelling). After the 3,2,1 there are some questions the students must answer as they watch the video. After the video the presentation shows examples of silhouettes my students have made and how they have apply the elements and principles of art. It's a mix of exemplars and not as good examples that the kids can critique. The last slide has requirements for a silhouette assignment.
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