Title of Lesson:

Line, Shape and Form: Creating a Newsletter on a Famous Artist*

Grade Level:

7th - 8th Grade

Subject Area:


Instructional Goal:

Students to create a two page newsletter that features an famous artist.

Submitted By:

Bobette Lovinggood Guillory

*student examples and "how-tos"


Rationale Supply List Learning Strategies Communicate Results
Performance Objectives Computer Hardware and Software Required Prerequisite Student Skills Evaluation Procedures
Instructional Strategies Resources Time Frame Set New Challenge
Preparation Related WWW Sites Career Connections


Student learn to create a newsletter, learn about the life and works of a famous artist and share their knowledge and use multimedia technology.

Performance Objectives:

Students will create a newsletter about a famous artist.

Students will use computers for design of a newsletter, a word search and/or for a multimedia presentation.

Instructional Strategies:

* "How to" instructions for newsletters and word searches are included.

Begin the project with a class discussion on how artist are portrayed in magazines, newsletters and various places in the public eye. The teacher then must demonstrate how newsletters are created and printed. Many different collected examples of newsletters can be viewed by the students for layout and styleexamples. The teacher should conduct a class discussion on how to choose an artist and how to gather information on that artist in the school library as well as other sources.


1. Discuss how to use ClarisWorks to create a newsletter. (see instructions)

2. Students and teacher brainstorm how to begin the research on the artist. Discuss what the students should look for and gather.

3. Teacher will demonstrate how students will begin to create their newsletter and how to use the scanner for images.

4. Students will write their information about the artist first in word processing.


1. Students choose an artist to write about

2. Students gather information, & examples of art from various resources

3. Students write a summary about the information gathered. All information on student's resources should be documented.

4. Once gathered, students should begin in ClarisWorks to put together their newsletter.

5. Scanned images are placed into the newsletter and text wrapped around the text.

6. Students should write a section about how they fell about the artist, the times he painted in and how the artist is viewed today. Student should add how the artist used line, shape and form in their newsletter.

7. Students will print newsletter on a color printer.

8. Students can present their newsletters to the class using an LCD panel, or share their printed copies.

9. While students are gathering information on their artist, they can gather trivia about the artist to combine with the other members of the class to write a trivia word search. (instructions on making the trivia word search)



Related Lesson: Claude Monet

An Impressionist artist is studied in depth. See student written poems, Internet links, art project suggestions, literature titles, and biographical information. http://seamonkey.ed.asu.edu/~hixson/evans/higgins/monet.html


Teacher will gather art books and newsletters for students to use in their study and creation of the newsletter.

Supply List:

Computer Hardware and Software Required:

Computers , printer, scanner, LCD panel and overhead, laser disks, CD ROM disks and a connection to the WWW if possible.


Various art books and examples of newsletters

Related WWW Sites

World Wide Arts Resources http://wwar.com/ This is a site with a huge list of links for art, artist and museums.
Artist Connection: Art Masters and Other Links http://www.ezon.com/masters.html#traditional This is a site that links to the Masters.
The Web Museum of Paris http://www.oir.ucf.edu/paint/auth/ This site has links to very many artist work and biography.

Learning Strategies:

This may be one of the first times that the students are introduced to fine art. Learning about one artist and viewing his works will be a motivation for the student to continue their study to many artists. The teacher will be the facilitator of pupil investigations, class challenger and motivator for the students. Students should make a list of areas for resources such as CD ROM encyclopedias, library books, online catalogs, magazines, web sites, etc... at the beginning of the study. The pupil should be able to exercise a great deal of choice has the responsibility for learning the information. Constant feedback from the teacher is important as the students gather information or create the newsletter. Some students may need to plan out the newsletter before actually creating it in ClarisWorks. Flexible time limits may be required for students with less desk top publishing skills. Having the class share their knowledge and thoughts about the artist they choose will help pique the student's curiosity about art and the world of the Masters.

Students should assist each other in creating newsletters. Some students many need to work together to do this project. There are many desk top publishing skills that students can explore when creating the newsletter. Copyright issues should be discussed with students.

Students should be required to turn in the notes with resources included and their printed copy of their newsletter.

Prerequisite Student Skills:

Students should be able to use ClarisWorks word processing and be able to copy and paste graphics.

Time Frame:

Students will work on computers for about 5 days and use 2 days for research.

Career Connections:

Art Historian

Communicate Results:

Students demonstrate their newsletters and tell about "their" artist.

Evaluation Procedures:

Teacher and students negotiate a rubric to be used in grading the newsletter.

Set New Challenge:

Students who are interested in extending their study of the artist can continue to study the artist and write a multimedia "research paper" (multimedia presentation) on that artist individually or in groups. This could last for a long period of time. Students can read from many sources information, being careful to document all sources used in the study. A multimedia presentation could be made with the information or the students can create a stand-alone homepage for this artist in Claris Home Page.

Lesson Link:

At Biography.com

Students can find biographies on famous artist




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