INTEGRATED UNITS #6

TEACHING ART

Art teachers and English-As-A-Second Language (ESL) teachers who work cooperatively and team teach to help English Language Learners succeed academically and have equal access to the ART curriculum, need to share lots of visuals and the key vocabulary in the language of art.

Art teachers, in many instances, want ALL students to be able to describe a work of art -- a painting, a sculpture, an artistic object, any type of artistic expression.

Students, in most instances, do not have the art words needed to describe an art object of any kind. Thus, the VOCABULARY listed below only SERVES TO INTRODUCE BOTH, THE ART TEACHER AND THE ESL TEACHER to the key language that any art student must master.

The vocabulary is organized into meaningful categories. The words under each category and the categories themselves represent only a partial list of all ART terms and key vocabulary words that need to be mastered by ALL art students.

The Art and ESL teachers must share pictures. Many pictures need to be used representing each concept listed so ALL students grasp the meaning of each vocabulary word. Once students master a concept and its corresponding word, teachers need to show other pictures for students to recognize the concept and distinguish it from all other key concepts and ideas.  Thus, for example, many pictures need to be shown to illustrate "positive space." When students master this concept, then many other pictures need to be shown where students recognize, point and name "positive space" in contrast to "negative space."

Here is a PARTIAL Vocabulary List:

SCANNING VOCABULARY (to describe a work of art)

SENSORY VOCABULARY

LINE
long
short
straight
curved
vertical
horizontal
diagonal
thin
thick
continuous
broken
precise
diffuse
vague
fuzzy
blurred
direct
controlled
meandering
restricted
zigzagging

SHAPES
circle
square
rectangle
triangle
oval
sphere
cube
pyramid
cone
geometric
organic
inorganic
bimorphic
blob
defined
vague
angular
circular
simple
complex
open
closed

COLOR
Definition: Any one of the hues of the spectrum or rainbow, loosely including black and white.
(There are over 6000 color words!!!)
muted
bright
soft
harsh
COLOR MOVEMENT -- implied by the relationship of color to other design elements:
advancing
receding
circulating
flowing
expanding
contracting
Primary colors -- red, yellow, blue
Secondary colors -- green, purple, orange
Tertiary colors: those colors between primary and secondary colors -- red-orange,
yellow-orange
Complementary colors: colors which are opposite each other on the color wheel --
red - green
orange - blue
yellow - purple
Neutrals -- black, white and complements mixed to make gray
Monochromatic colors: variations of one color--various tints and shades of red

TEXTURE
rough - smooth
wet - dry
hard - soft
shiny - dull
slick - sticky
course - porous
flat - raised

VALUE: amount of light reflected on surface
dark - light

SPACE
positive space: figures in front of background
negative space: background

TECHNICAL VOCABULARY
MEDIUM
oil paint
watercolor
charcoal
pastel
paper

OIL
smooth
glossy

TOOLS
brush
knife
chisel

STROKES
long / short
feathery
dabs
dots

EQUIPMENT
BALANCE: visual equilibrium
asymmetrical
symmetrical

RHYTHM-MOVEMENT
RATE
slow - fast
speeding - crawling
flowing - jerking
rhythmic - random
even - uneven
uniform - changing
ordered - chaotic

SIZE
large - small
sweeping - rigid
long - short
hovering - extending

DIRECTION
upward - downward
rising - lowering
rising - falling
horizontal - vertical
parallel - at an angle
advancing - receding

EXPRESSIVE VOCABULARY
MOOD LANGUAGE
sad, happy
bold, timid
alarm / joy
terror
cheerful
quiet
mysterious
loving
whimsical
somber
dreamy
menacing
haunting
tormented

DYNAMIC or ENERGY LANGUAGE
tension, conflict
relaxation
power
suspense
tranquility
unexpecting

IDEA or IDEAL LANGUAGE
courage
hope
wisdom
heroic
brave
majestic
price
mobility
revolution
authority
innocence
compassion
fearless
resistance

 

 

 


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5. Cognitive - Academic Language and Vocabulary Development
6. Oral Language / Literacy Skills / Higher Order Thinking Skills
7. 50/50 Dual Language Programs: design, planning and implementation
8. The Structure of English / The Structure of Spanish
9. Transition: Introduction to English Reading

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Relationship Between Reading, Writing and Spelling
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