Virgi Driscoll Lesson Plans for Teachers

"The Learning Process is very important to me as I have worked hard with the fine arts consultants at the DPI for years to get art teachers to deal with more depth in their lessons, more concepts and ideas, imagination, creativity, art history and of course,via production, perception and on-going reflection. Too often students are just told to do a project and the process is shallow and really not many creative thought and actions occur. I feel deeply about this..."

The Learning Page will engage students in resources and creative art based on the life and works of Wisconsin Lifetime Achievement Awardees in the visual arts.

This site is an invaluable resource for art teachers and students (others may like it too) providing information about recognized Wisconsin artists and ideas for learning about them. Wisconsin Painters and Sculptors invites students to learn about these artists who have contributed much to this state and in many cases to the national art scene itself. These artists will inspire students to “reach for the stars” as they create and learn. Being informed of and experiencing one’s roots in art is key to learning about the history of art and defining who we are. We proudly present these artists!

The process of learning described in these plans is student centered. By that we mean that the teacher works closely with the student, encouraging the student to be a partner in his/her learning. Thinking and ideas are central to the meaning of art. In order to develop the mind, students need challenging tasks to solve, creative solutions to explore, and on-going individual reflection along with peer reflections/assessments throughout the process. The process is not linear but rather one dependent upon each aspect of the other.

The lessons presented in this Learning Page are meant for motivating students and teachers to define their own ideas using these steps as guidelines. Nothing is written in concrete. Lessons must be adjusted to the grade level, classroom situation, opportunities available in each district, and then redefined by the student with guidance of the teacher. With student input, they are applicable to any level and situation.

Overview of the lessons:

Each lesson includes the following:

Task: The tasks need to be redefined by each student and teacher depending on the grade level, student and classroom situation,

Standards: The Standards are merely suggested, more may apply but it is better to limit the number of standards and concentrate on those. In addition, the student and teacher need to define the Performance Standards.

Perception: To be able to perceive and understand more deeply, students need to study the world of art and their environment. Ideas for research of artists and history of the art are suggestions for study. Each student or class of students will approach this in numerous ways. Research needs to take place via the internet, publications, videos, art galleries/museums, and other venues.

Production: The suggested steps for producing creative results of the task may be defined according to the student, situation, and depth of task to be performed

Materials: These may vary depending upon how the student solves the task.

Perception/Analysis: Students should be led to analyze regularly their work in progress and determine how the constituent elements effect the whole.

Reflection: Like professional artists, students should then reflect on their work: What works? What doesn’t? What might improve it? Also, teachers should encourage students to ask questions of them, because this is an important way for teachers to understand better how and what students are learning. This is the best way of knowing.

Download the Curriculum Materials set 1
Download the Curriculum Materials set 2