Month: Feb Activity: Tear Art Arizona Landscape Meet the Artist



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Masterpiece: Saguaro National Park, 1941 by Ansel Adams

Keywords: color value, symmetry, balance, landscape, photography

Grade: 4th Grade

Month: Feb

Activity: Tear Art Arizona Landscape

Meet the Artist:

 Ansel Adams was born in 1902 in San Francisco, California.

 He was a gifted piano planer and as a young boy his father groomed him for a profession as a concert pianist.

 In 1916 his family vacationed in Yosemite, California and Ansel was immediately taken by the beautiful natural landscape.

 In 1927, he began taking photographs with his new camera and in that same year, he gained notoriety in the field of photography.

 He realized through photography he could capture the emotion, spirituality and wonder of nature.

 By the 1940’s his landscape photograph work was well know and he set up a workshop in Yosemite known as the U.S. Camera Photographic Forum.

 In the 1970’s, he traveled through Arizona and found he loved the Arizona landscape nearly as much as Yosemite and began to photography many areas across the state.

 Many of his Arizona photographs have been and continue to be featured in Arizona Highways magazine.

 Ansel Adams died in 1984 but left behind a vast amount of beautiful photographs and books about photography that continue to be used in Photography courses around the country.



KEY WORDS

Color value: lightness or darkness of any color



Possible Questions:

o How is this image balanced? If so, it is symmetrical or asymmetrical?

o What are the differences from one side to the other?

o Does this photography look realistic? Had it been altered? How do we know?

o Would this photograph have the same feeling if it were in color?

o What do you like about this photograph?

o Can anyone be a photographer?

Activity: Tear Art Arizona Landscape

Materials Needed: 9”x12” white construction paper, ½ sheet of construction paper available in green, sky blue, brown, black, red, orange and yellow, glue stick, student’s own pencils, black markers for detailing.

Process:

1. Distribute the construction paper and glue stick to each student. Label back of sketch paper with name/teacher tag provided.

2. Have students visualize their landscape and their cactus before they begin tearing. Remind them to be aware of size on their paper before they begin tearing. Have them think about symmetry and the general shapes of an Arizona landscape.

3. Have the students tear the construction paper to make up the difference pieces of their landscape. Remind the students to tear slowly and in small tears so they can guide how the paper tears for detail. Lay out all of the torn pieces before they begin gluing.

4. Students may glue down their tear art and add detail with black markers.

Photograph of Ansel Adams and Other Works









Art Masterpiece - 4th grade - Saguaro National Park - February

Today in art masterpiece your 4th grader continued their Arizona history lessons and studied Ansel Adams and the print Saguaro National Park. Students discussed the terms color value, symmetry, balance, landscape and photography. In the 1970’s, he traveled through Arizona and found he loved the Arizona landscape nearly as much as Yosemite and began to photography many areas across the state. Many of his Arizona photographs have been and continue to be featured in Arizona Highways magazine. Students created an Arizona landscape with a cactus using tear art. What do you think of your child’s rendition of one of our states most well known cacti? They did a great job today!





Art Masterpiece - 4th grade - Saguaro National Park - February

Today in art masterpiece your 4th grader continued their Arizona history lessons and studied Ansel Adams and the print Saguaro National Park. Students discussed the terms color value, symmetry, balance, landscape and photography. In the 1970’s, he traveled through Arizona and found he loved the Arizona landscape nearly as much as Yosemite and began to photography many areas across the state. Many of his Arizona photographs have been and continue to be featured in Arizona Highways magazine. Students created an Arizona landscape with a cactus using tear art. What do you think of your child’s rendition of one of our states most well known cacti? They did a great job today!








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