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Grade Level: 10th 12th Grade

Subject: Art, 5x Day Lesson (45 min.) Prepared By: Benjamin E. Hoffman, Student Art Teacher

Lesson Summary: This specific lesson is designed to challenge students drawing ability, creative thought and critical thinking. Students will
illustrate the metamorphosis between two objects in a series of five drawings. Students will select both an organic and inorganic object to
reference as the images in which they will transform into one another. The final artwork will reflect the transformation of one object into the
other with the outer two images being the organic and inorganic object themselves. Students will be introduced
to the work of contemporary artist, Desire Obtain Cherish as well as historical artists such
as M.C. Escher to provide further context.
Big Idea: Throughout time and across
cultures, the art of transformation has
influenced the work of many artists as well
as scientists.
Key Concepts:

The art of transformation is an integral part of society considering its importance to

science and technology.

Critical thinking and creative thought is required to visually transform any two objects.

The relationship between objects that are opposite of one another can share equally as much of a
transformative quality as objects that are similar to one another.
Essential Questions:

What inspires an artists creative thought process to transform an object?

In what ways can you transform an object into something completely different?

How does the relationship from one object to the other influence each sequential transformation?

What qualities would you consider illustrate a successful transformative artwork?

Specific Objectives:

Students will use their previous knowledge of drawing from observation and its vocabulary to arrange
their transformation in an aesthetically pleasing format. (i.e. Vertical or Horizontal)

Students will select both an organic and inorganic object to reference as the images in which they will
transform into one another.

Over the course of 5x Drawings, students will illustrate the metamorphosis process from one object to
the other with the outermost two images being the organic and inorganic objects themselves.

Students will draw conclusions on their process and the successfulness of their particular
Standards Addressed:
9.1.12.B Recognize, know, use and demonstrate a variety of appropriate arts elements and principles to produce, review and revise
original works in the arts.
9.4.12.A Evaluate an individuals philosophical statement on a work in the arts and its relationship to ones own life based on
knowledge and experience


Students would first be introduced to the

art of transformation throughout time
and across cultures by highlighting its
influence in science and technology as
well as artworks made famous by M.C.
Escher and Desire Obtain Cherish.

Formative Assessment:

Instructional Procedures
Motivation/Engagement/The Hook:

Every other day, students will complete a Bell Ringer which will allow students
to settle down as they enter the classroom. Examples include transforming a
pepper into an animate object to reinforce the projects overall theme. This
constant review would act as a formative assessment for the teacher. Upon
the introduction of the lesson, students would be instructed to choose their
objects whether they be the real objects themselves or a photograph to

Evaluate students interpersonal skills,

work habits & attitudes as they work.
Considering the importance of students
drawing ability, creative thought and
critical thinking, students will be assessed
on the completion of all five drawings
that reflect the transformative process
from organic to inorganic or vice versa.
Students final artwork will include
evidence of drawing from observation as
well as adequate value across.

Following the completion of all five drawings, students will render each using
their prior knowledge and skill-set of shading using various graphite pencils.
Each student will present their final artwork to the class before submitting.
During which, each student would be encouraged to speak to their process and
what inspired the transition between both objects as well as if their
transformation was successful. Students will conclude by completing a selfassessment that will aid in the final grading process.


Students will share their final artworks

with one another in an informal
classroom critique first modeled by
teacher. Students will conclude by
completing a self-assessment that reflects
the specific student objectives.


Upon the completion of selecting both an organic and inorganic object,

students will create 5x sketches showing the transformation between each
object. Students will be prompted to naturally transform their two objects
through warping, melting, inflating, and twisting each object into one another.
A teacher led demonstration will clearly illustrate what is expected of each
students composition. Any student struggling to illustrate a clear
transformation would be prompted to use tracing paper to overlay their images
on top of one another. This process can be repeated for each of the three
transformative drawings for those specific students.


Teacher Research & Preparation:

White Drawing Paper (12 x 18)

Graphite Shading Pencils
Reference Images
Tracing Paper
Colored Pencils (Optional)

Exemplars (Reference as needed)

Individual MacBooks


Instructional Resources:
__Student Supplies: __