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Advanced Art Skill Shares Lesson


Overview: The students will be able to gain new knowledge of artistic approaches and skills, including fiber art, printmaking, and collage, so that they can pursue their AP art portfolios with new agency and express their developing ideas/explorations with new tools and mediums. 


Big Idea: Personal Agency 

  1. Key Concepts: exploration, individual expression, creative inspiration, comfort zones

  2. Essential Questions: 

    1. How will the knowledge of these new techniques benefit you in your own personal portfolio making?

    2. How can you use these skills to express your personal conceptual art ideas?

    3. How are you inspired by other artists working in different mediums to build breadth in your portfolio?

    4. What are the benefits of stepping out of your comfort zone to work in new mediums?


Rationale: This class is full of students working on their individual AP Art portfolios. This lesson is more of a “3 in 1 skill share” that is meant to give students new mediums and techniques to add to their “toolbox” when pursuing their portfolios. They will be able to continue their exploration of their conceptual concentration, while also stepping out of their comfort zone to create new breadth in their portfolio. 


Target Student Group: Community High School, AP Art Class 


Cultural Responsiveness: In this unit, I will share a powerpoint with artists who are working in fiber arts, collage, and printmaking. The artists that are shown will include artists of different cultural backgrounds. The class will be introduced to a variety of new types of artwork and ideas, inspired from a diverse set of artists. 


Specific Objectives: 

Students will be able to communicate their understanding of new artistic techniques by creating samples of artwork of each technique- embroidery, layered paper collage, and printmaking. 

Students will show that they are attempting to add breadth to their portfolio, by creating a new artwork pursuing their conceptual concentration with a new technique. 


Lesson/Day 1- Adding to your Toolbox

Objective: This class will introduce three techniques: hand embroidery, layered paper collage, and gel-print printmaking. There will be a presentation of artists that make work in this medium for inspiration, as well as a quick skill share and handouts for each technique. 

Assessment: Students will be observed at three stations across the classroom working on samples of the new art techniques. 


Lesson/Day 2- Focused Exploration

Objective: Students will continue creating artwork using the new techniques. They are encouraged to focus on one or to combine multiple techniques to create a work of art for their art portfolio. 

Assessment: Student’s work will be observed to see how they incorporated new techniques to add breadth to their portfolio. 


National Art Standards: 

VA:Cr1.2.IIIa Choose from a range of materials and methods of traditional and contemporary artistic practices, following or breaking established conventions, to plan the making of multiple works of art and design based on a theme, idea, or concept. 

VA:Cr2.1.IIIa Experiment, plan, and make multiple works of art and design that explore a personally meaningful theme, idea, or concept.
Virginia Art SOLS:

AIV.1 The student will maintain a process art portfolio that demonstrates independent research and development directly related to the artistic process.

AIV.2 The student will demonstrate mastery through a culminating portfolio that exhibits personal direction, quality, concentration, breadth of experience, and technical skills developed over time

Advanced aRT cLASS skILL shaRES lESSON



Cut paper


gel printing

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