People and Dog in the Sun:
1949, Varnished tempera on canvas, 81 cm. x 54.5 cm., Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation, on permanent loan to the Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel, Photo Credit: Martin Bühler, Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel © 2007 Successió Miró/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris
In this lesson, students will:
- Analyze People and Dog in the Sun and Miró’s use of repeated shapes, lines and colors to express feelings and ideas
- Identify how Miró used organic and geometric shapes to balance the painting
- Discuss Miró’s use of positive and negative spaces and his abstract composition
- Draw a doodle using Miró’s automatic drawing techniques;
- Create abstract works of art, using a digital paint app
Lesson Teaching Notes
A document of summary pages on the lesson’s Key Concepts, Discussion Questions, Artist Points, and Project Directions.
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Common Core Standards
Craft and Structure:
Distinguish between information provided by pictures or other illustrations and information provided by the words in a text.
Comprehension and Collaboration:
Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).
Build on others’ talk in conversations by responding to the comments of others through multiple exchanges.
Ask questions to clear up any confusion about the topics and texts under discussion.
Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to gather additional information or clarify something that is not understood.
Reason with shapes and their attributes.
Distinguish between defining attributes (e.g., triangles are closed and three-sided) versus non-defining attributes (e.g., color, orientation, overall size); build and draw shapes to possess defining attributes.
Compose two-dimensional shapes (rectangles, squares, trapezoids, triangles, half-circles, and quarter-circles) or three-dimensional shapes (cubes, right rectangular prisms, right circular cones, and right circular cylinders) to create a composite shape, and compose new shapes from the composite shape.1
Partition circles and rectangles into two and four equal shares, describe the shares using the words halves, fourths, and quarters, and use the phrases half of, fourth of, and quarter
Materials and Setup
Photos of Setup
Abstract Color Doodle
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