Wednesday, May 8, 2013

American Gothic Parodies

8th grade I.U. team artists studied the art work of Grant Wood. To kick off the lesson, students are introduced to the life and work of Grant Wood with a powerpoint that I created. The students then created parodies based on the artwork American Gothic. The students were given free reign with themes and subject matter.
I tell all students that when I am grading, I am looking for two figures in the foreground dressed similar to the figures in the original American Gothic. One figure must be holding something; however, it does not have to be a pitch fork. I am looking that both of the figures eyes are looking in the correct direction and that most importantly I can see the gothic window in the background.

I do this lesson every year and I am always impressed by the creativity of my 8th graders!


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