Art Making Narrative


Kara Beers

Grade Level:

High School


Student Choice

Objective: Students will be able to create a final art project that narrates a story through planning, documenting, creating and reflection.

Introduction: Artists have lots of ideas. It can be hard to decide. Making a plan before you begin can help you to figure out which idea is best. Also, planning can help you think about how you want to proceed in your art making process creatively. Remember, your art should be a personal creative idea rather than an imitation of something you find.

Thinking About Narrative art: Narrative Art, or art that tells a story, allows artists to tell stories with pictures. As your visual literacy develops your ability to direct the viewer to see information will be better informed through the use of the art elements and principles of design. The organization of the picture plane is where composition becomes the most relevant to the sequences in which we view an artwork. So when you plan, reflect on how viewers will perceive your image. What is the focal point? What is the size and scale of imagery throughout? Does the color have symbolism? Does your image need words to explain it or can it be interpreted literally or is the ambiguity of your imagery intentional? The intent of a story really is circumstantial and up to you.

Step #1: Research

PICK A THEME: Select a topic for your narrative.

In light of recent times, you may want to represent the narrative of race from the news or horology because of the pandemic or even connect to a project you began and never could complete because we left school earlier than expected. Whatever you decide, make it personal and relevant to tell your story uniquely.

Step #2: Plan

After looking through themes, describe your narrative idea and why you selected it. Find a few reference images for your investigation (personal or observed preferred)

Step #3: Sketch

Draw your ideas sketches with different approaches./compositions/ perspectives.

Step #4: Collect materials to implement your plan.

Explain what materials you are using and why this demonstrates your idea best. Remember to think creatively- art can be made from anything.

Step # 5: CREATE Document your progress

Insert 3 images documenting the different stages of making your Art-Making Final.

Step # 6: Reflect

Describe your art making process
Did you have difficulties and how did you overcome challenges?
What do you think was most successful and did you like most about creating this piece?

Step# 7: Present your final piece.
Explain the expression of your piece and how you created it using the art elements and principles of design.

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