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Learning outcomes

Students will:

  • learn about art as a profession as well as a vocation.
  • practice measuring to scale.
  • convert actual to scale sizes.
  • learn to draw given lengths accurately.
  • integrate with a geometry unit in mathematics.
  • integrate with writing and computer technology by developing a precise description of their dream room.

Teacher planning

Time required for lesson

2 weeks

Materials/resources

  • graph paper
  • rulers
  • pencils: drawing and colored
  • construction paper
  • erasers
  • floor plans
  • magazines: old ones to be cut up as well as current interior decorating issues
  • glue

Technology resources

Access to computers with word processing software.

Pre-activities

  • Introduce project by showing floor plans and other scaled drawings.
  • Discuss role of interior designer. Refer students to internet sites on interior design. Show examples of interior layouts.
  • Have students make a list of things that they need in their bedrooms and a list of things that they would like to have.
  • Demonstrate how measurement using a ruler or yard stick. Ask students: Which would be easier to use to measure your room? What could you use to measure if you did not have either?
  • Homework assignment: Measure your bedroom.
  • Demonstrate conversion of measurements to scale. Have students practice. You may wish to create worksheets.

Activities

  1. Have students draw a scaled drawing using graph paper and the measurements from their room. Include doors, closets, and window placements.
  2. Students will also draw furniture to scale using their list of things they “need” to have for their bedroom. They may cut these out from construction paper and glue each item on their graph paper.
  3. Sixth grade students will make a collage of their furnishings for their room using old magazines.
  4. Seventh and eighth grade students will make a scaled drawing of one wall of their room using one-point perspective. A brief review of one-point perspective and terminology such as horizon line, view point, vanishing point, guide lines etc. should be done with students.
  5. All students will write a brief description of their room and type it using word processing software on classroom computer.

Assessment

  • Students will complete all work in a timely manner.
  • They will use correct and accurate conversion of measurements.

Supplemental information

Comments

This plan could be expanded to make three-dimensional scale constructions of a room. Frame shops have scrap foam board and mat board that they will donate. Pieces of terry cloth or felt could be used for carpet. Scrap fabric donated by parents can be used for draperies, bedspreads, etc.

  • Common Core State Standards
    • Mathematics (2010)
      • Grade 7

        • Geometry
          • 7.G.1Solve problems involving scale drawings of geometric figures, including computing actual lengths and areas from a scale drawing and reproducing a scale drawing at a different scale.

  • North Carolina Essential Standards
    • Visual Arts Education (2010)
      • Grade 6

        • 6.CX.2 Understand the interdisciplinary connections and life applications of the visual arts. 6.CX.2.1 Exemplify how skills and concepts developed in art are part of, and can be applied to, daily life. 6.CX.2.2 Understand the connections between art and other...
      • Grade 7

        • 7.CX.2 Understand the interdisciplinary connections and life applications of the visual arts. 7.CX.2.1 Analyze careers in art and a variety of other careers in terms of the art skills needed to be successful. 7.CX.2.2 Select skills and information needed from...
      • Grade 8

        • 8.CX.2 Understand the interdisciplinary connections and life applications of the visual arts. 8.CX.2.1 Compare personal interests and abilities to those needed to succeed in a variety of art careers. 8.CX.2.2 Analyze skills and information needed from visual...

North Carolina curriculum alignment

Visual Arts Education (2001)

Grade 6

  • Goal 1: The learner will develop critical and creative thinking skills and perceptual awareness necessary for understanding and producing art.
    • Objective 1.01: Plan and organize for creating art.
    • Objective 1.02: Explore strategies for imagining and implementing images.
  • Goal 7: The learner will perceive connections between visual arts and other disciplines.
    • Objective 7.01: Identify connections, similarities and differences between the visual arts and other disciplines.
    • Objective 7.02: Identify ways the art elements and design principles interrelate with other arts disciplines.
  • Goal 8: The learner will develop an awareness of art as an avocation and profession.
    • Objective 8.01: Develop and discuss an awareness of art as an avocation.
    • Objective 8.02: Develop and discuss an awareness of art as a profession.

Grade 7

  • Goal 1: The learner will develop critical and creative thinking skills and perceptual awareness necessary for understanding and producing art.
    • Objective 1.01: Expand knowledge for organizing and creating art.
    • Objective 1.02: Develop strategies for imagining and implementing images.
  • Goal 7: The learner will perceive connections between visual arts and other disciplines.
    • Objective 7.01: Explain connections, similarities and differences between the visual arts and other disciplines.
    • Objective 7.02: Explain various ways the art elements and design principles interrelate with other arts disciplines.
  • Goal 8: The learner will develop an awareness of art as an avocation and profession.
    • Objective 8.01: Identify and discuss visual arts as an avocation.
    • Objective 8.02: Identify and discuss how broad visual arts is as a profession.

Grade 8

  • Goal 1: The learner will develop critical and creative thinking skills and perceptual awareness necessary for understanding and producing art.
    • Objective 1.01: Plan and organize for unique and original solutions.
    • Objective 1.02: Refine strategies for imagining and implementing images.
  • Goal 7: The learner will perceive connections between visual arts and other disciplines.
    • Objective 7.01: Interpret and analyze connections, similarities and differences between the visual arts and other disciplines.
    • Objective 7.02: Demonstrate various ways the art elements and design principles interrelate within all arts disciplines.
  • Goal 8: The learner will develop an awareness of art as an avocation and profession.
    • Objective 8.02: Assess the criteria to pursue visual arts as a profession.