The “Exploring Hispanic Artists from the US” project is designed for middle school students to delve into the world of Hispanic art and culture by researching and creating virtual art galleries inspired by notable Hispanic artists. This project spans approximately one week and encourages independent learning, digital presentation design skills, and understanding of Hispanic artists and their contributions. Students will create and design a virtual museum in Google Slides/ Canva or Powerpoint.
This step provides students with an introduction to the Smithsonian Molina Family Gallery's online tour, a valuable resource for exploring Hispanic art. In this segment, students will learn the importance of visiting museums and galleries, even virtually, to gain exposure to art and culture. It sets the stage for students to embark on their journey of artist exploration within the virtual gallery.
Step 1: Introduction (15 minutes)
Step 2: Discussion on Hispanic Art and Culture (20 minutes)
Step 3: Overview of the Smithsonian Molina Family Gallery (15 minutes)
Step 4: Assignment (10 minutes)
During this step, students will independently explore provided website links and resources to conduct in-depth research about their chosen Hispanic artists. They'll focus on gathering information about the artist's background, influences, and notable works. This research will serve as the foundation for their virtual art gallery project, helping them gain a deeper understanding of their selected artist and their contributions to Hispanic art and culture.
To guide students in conducting in-depth research about their chosen Hispanic artist, delving into their background, influences, and notable works.
Step 1: Artist Selection Review (10 minutes)
Step 2: Website Links and Resources (15 minutes)
Step 3: Independent Research (25 minutes)
Step 4: Sharing Insights (10 minutes)
In this step, students begin the process of creating their virtual art galleries using digital tools. They learn how to select and apply background images and frames that align with their chosen artist's style. Assembling the gallery involves arranging and displaying their chosen artist's works, paying attention to layout and composition. This step serves as the foundational building block for the creative and personalized virtual art galleries students will develop throughout the project.
Note: In the attachment is a PDF, that has links to tutorials and how-to’s on YouTube. You can provide these to the students or show them in class.
Step 1: Review and Introduction (5 minutes)
Step 2: Selecting Backgrounds and Frames (10 minutes)
Step 3: Assembling the Gallery (35 minutes)
Step 4: Furniture and Decoration (5 minutes)
Step 5: Transparent Images (5 minutes)
In this step, students learn techniques for personalizing their virtual art galleries, making them visually engaging and reflective of their chosen artist's style. They explore the addition of personal details, decorations, and avatars while considering ways to create a unique and appealing gallery. This step empowers students to infuse creativity into their virtual galleries, enhancing the overall presentation.
Step 1: Recap and Introduction (10 minutes)
Step 2: Personalization Techniques (5 minutes)
Step 3: Transparent Images (5 minutes)
Step 4: Work Time (35 minutes)
Step 5: Reflection (5 minutes)
In this final step of the project, students engage in peer evaluation, providing constructive feedback on each other's virtual art galleries. They discuss the design, personalization, and alignment with their chosen artists' styles. The lesson also includes a special presentation for parents, where students showcase their galleries and interact with their families. Students plan for sharing their work with a broader online audience, emphasizing the project's culmination and the broader reach of their creative expression.
Step 1: Peer Evaluation Guidelines (10 minutes)
Step 2: Peer Evaluation Session (20 minutes)
Step 3: Group Discussion (15 minutes)
Possible Step 4: Sharing with Parents (10 minutes)
Possible Step 5: Online Sharing Plan (5 minutes)