On of the most exciting periods of music and art to study when I was a teenager and pre-teen was the Psychedelic era. It seemed radical, revolutionary, and free. Freedom is what those pre-teens and teenagers are craving so why not peak their interest with a lesson on John Lennon and Richard Avedon?
Title:Beatles Psychedelic Self-Portraits
Grades: Gr 4-8
Art Lesson Plan-4 50 minute sessions
Enduring Idea: Heroes and Heroines
Rationale: Throughout, time humans have created or selected heroes to teach lessons that portray virtuous characteristics and noble archetypes that help an individual, a nation or a culture survive and thrive. Artists, have often been influenced by heroes and have portrayed real or mythological heroes in their artworks.
Materials: pencils. erasers, markers, 12″x 18″ white paper
Resources: Beatles by Avedon, John’s Secret Dreams: The John Lennon Story, examples of psychedelic art (Peter Max, Richard Avedon, concert posters), self-critique form
Preparation: precut white paper to 12″x 18″, gather examples of psychedelic art, and create an exemplar, create a self-critique form students can use to check their work according to the criteria they were given to complete the assignment
National Arts Standard Anchor (s):
#2. Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
#8. Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
*Students will learn about the life of John Lennon and the Beatles
*Students will learn why John Lennon is considered a hero
*Students will become familiar with the psychedelic art of the 1960’s
*Students will create a self-portrait in the style of Richard Avedon’s portraits of the Beatles.
Psychedelic, Abstract, Self-Portrait, Repetitive Pattern
- Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).
Procedures: Day 1: S will view teacher exemplar. T will review the lesson steps. S will listen to the book John’s Secret Dreams: The John Lennon Story. T “Why did John Lennon stage a bed in?” “What did John Lennon believe in?” “What can we learn from his actions?” S will pair up and trace their heads on a white paper in pencil. Day 2: T will review the lesson steps. T will review with class the examples of psychedelic art using the Elements of Art and Principals of Design. S will use a ruler and pencil to add a psychedelic pattern to his/her self -portrait. Day 3: S will review the steps of the lesson and vocabulary. S will begin coloring in his/her self portrait with bright colored markers. Day 4: S will finish coloring in his/her self-portrait. S will use the self-critique form to self-critique his/her project using the elements of art and principals of design. S will hand in his/her project along with the self-critique form for grading.
S neatly and carefully drew the outline of his/her head on the paper and added a repetitive pattern. 3/10
S neatly and carefully colored in his her self-portrait using bright bold colors to create abstraction. 4/10
S answered all the questions on his/her critique form, demonstrating thoughtfulness as to how they describe their project using the elements and principals. 3/10