LCI at PS 138
MoMA Visual Arts Facilitator John Toth
Exploring the narrative aspects of
a visual work of art.
Explore choices in techniques as options in
External meaning... Internal meaning
Practice method of Visual Literacy.
Describe... "WHAT" do you see?
Analyze... "HOW" does the artist
present visual information?
Interpret... "WHY"?... What do
you think your descriptions mean?
Visual Tools ..... choices of ways to express....
Body language, relationships,
Shapes, lines and planes.... rhythm,
How can we look deeper at what is before us?
How do we develop respect for nature?
How do we explore community interaction?
What is nature? How do artists represent nature?
What symbols do we bring home from the
Art to Explore:
Rousseau, Henri (French, 1844-1910), "The Sleeping
van Gogh, Vincent (Dutch, 1853-1890) "The Starry
Rivera, Diego (Mexican, 1886-1957) "Agrarian Leader,
Boccioni, Umberto (Italian, 1882-1916) "The City
Chagall, Marc (French, b. Russia 1887), "I and the
Brancusi, Constantin (French, b. Rumania,1876-1957),
"Bird in Space" , "Fish"
Magritte, Rene (Belgian, 1898-19 7 "The False Mirror"
Cezanne, Paul French, 1839-1906), "The Bather"
Monet, Claude (French, 1840-1926) "Waterlilies"
Monet, Claude (French, 1840-1926) "Japanese
Matisse, Henri (French, 1869-1954) "The Red Studio",
PS138- Someones Space
promotes deeper looking
Toth lesson # 1a. Working together / People Connect
Draw groups of people working together.
(actual classroom activity )
Draw groups of people struggling, competing, solving a problem.
Draw people working together to construct a building . (Liz)
PS 138 lesson #1b. Working together / Non verbal organizing.
Get groups of students to organize themselves into formations
without using verbal instructions
Toth lesson # 2a Relationships / Power, respect and alliances...
in kids terms; getting along
Make drawings that use bodylanguage to communicate actions
activities and stories.
PS 138 lesson #2b Relationships / Clothing and Props give
context to people... you are your stuff!
Toth lesson # 3 a Changing Nature / Who is in charge here?
Make before and after scenes from an experience where nature
PS 138 lesson # 3 b. Changing nature / Balance of Forces.
Make a painting that has a the seasons happening at the same time
Toth lesson # 4 a. Symbols /
What or the objects from the museum that symbolized the
relationship between nature and community
Make drawings of objects you remember from the museum trip.
Draw an object that symbolizes nature.
Draw an object that symbolizes community and city.
Make a new transformed symbol that reveals a balance between city
Title your symbol? How does it compare to others?
PS 138 lesson # 4 b. Symbols /
Create totem objects from our symbol lesson.
Write in your journal the journey of your art experience.