Thomas Hart Benton, painter of the mural at the Truman Library, and two other regional artists, Grant Wood and John Steuart Curry are considered the most important artists in the Regionalism movement. This unit will take a look at each of these artists and compare and contrast their work and their lives.
Students will learn abou the art work of regional artists.
|T.H.B. -||Threshing Wheat 1939||The Lord is My Shepherd 1926|
|G.W.-||Stone City, Iowa 1930||American Gothic 1930|
|J.S.C.-||Wisconsin Farm Landscape 1941||The Stockman 1929|
Scope of Student Work: Each 45-minute class will be divided into three 15-minute sections: First, Investigation and Research: The students will look at the web site of the "Artist for the day". Second, Communication and/or Collaboration: In small groups, kids will pour over samples from a vertical file of relevant clippings. Third, Student decision making: The kids will fill out on their own charts what they found interesting about the artist and his work. Fourth and last day of the unit, the students will get together in small groups and create one chart using Microsoft 4.0 Works, using all of the above learning styles.