An exhibit of Eleanor Coen's (1916-2010) paintings at the Heuser Art Gallery, Bradley University, Peoria IL through November 15, 2013.
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Animals and Line influenced by Hester Miller Murray
(K-4) 1, 2
White drawing paper, coloring media (teachers can pick crayons, markers, or colored pencils), erasers, rulers, pencils
Questions and Answers:
Begin the lesson by reviewing what a line is, what the different types are, and where lines can be seen. Without introducing Murray, show students the two artworks and ask what lines can be seen. Introduce Murray shortly after by explaining where she made a lot of her artwork (Wheaton) and where she studied (Art Institute of Chicago). The teacher may have to review what studying art at a university means. Teacher will demonstrate the assignment and pass out materials, see objective 1. Teacher will review the meaning of habitat if needed before students begin. Students will work as the teacher circulates. Students will review line by identifying the use of line in their artworks. Students will also review the personal history of Murray. Students will explain why studying past women artists from the community is important. The teacher may assist students in their answers by asking first “why is it important for women to make art?”.
Reflection and Evaluation: