Calligraphic Arts Project
Students will understand how calligraphy is an ancient art form used to communicate and express knowledge. Students will learn about other cultures written language and graphic systems. Students can incorporate feelings through poems and added drawings. Students will express their ideas before they start the project. Students will research various styles of calligraphy and then create their own image to submit to the Calligraphic Arts
As an educator, I want my students to explore communicating and expressing their thoughts about written language when combined with symbols and images. I also seek to expose my students to many forms of written language through calligraphy and how beautiful writing can convey deep emotion and meaning.
- Students will understand how calligraphy is an ancient art form used to communicate and express knowledge. Students may use pen and ink or computer graphic tablet to create writing.(process differentiation)Students may use pen and ink or computer graphic tablet to create writing. (process differentiation)
- What knowledge will students acquire by engaging in this project? Students will learn about other cultures written language and graphic systems. Calligraphy can show student how emotion and meaning can be conveyed visually through their written language.
- What subject terms, principles and facts related to the curriculum will students learn through this project? cunniform, tablet, runic writing, characters, style, and linguistics are some terms and principles students will learn.
- What are your state, local, and/or national curriculum standards this project addresses? Include required technology standards if applicable. Our Understanding by Design standards of communication, expression, and interpretation are addressed here. Here are a few standards:
- Appreciation and exposure to the arts of many cultures help us gain insight into these cultures and the human experience in general.
- While aesthetic interpretations may vary from culture to culture, region to region, and genre to genre, many artists have explored the same human experiences and ideas.
- Personal, cultural, and environmental exposure affect our interpretation of visual expression and communication.
- Studying art history promotes our understanding of the development of events within cultures.
- Knowledge of elements and principles of art promotes understanding in art criticism.
- Exposure to various materials and techniques promotes understanding in art criticism.
- The evolution of technologies and cultures can stimulate new movements and styles of art.
- Art both reflects and informs the culture that creates it, and it promotes aesthetic interpretations.
- Reading 1 - Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
- Writing 2 - Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
- Writing 7 - Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
- Writing 8 - Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
- Speaking and Listening 2 - Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
- Speaking and Listening 4 - Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Productivity of work
- Will your students need to do research for their project? My students will need to do research to order to become familiar with the various calligraphy styles from different languages and cultures.
- How will they be organized to gather information? They will work groups of 2 or three to do research and gather pictures and information about the styles.
- Who will be responsible and in charge? One student will be the official researcher and the other will help record and present the research.
- How you will handle the e-mail exchanges, how often, who will be in charge? Twice a week, one student will handle posting email, but every student should help with writing and content of email.
Conclusion of Activity
- When does your participation end? Participation will end at the last week of school.
- How will the students draw their projects to a conclusion? They will create a wiki or blog of their final calligraphy images. They post final reflections about their experience on the forum.
Identify Technological and Material Requirements
- Technological requirements: We will use digital cameras, graphic tablets, iPod touchs, smart board, computers and the internet.
- Material requirement: Pens and ink, sumi brushes, sumi ink, colored inks, reed pens, quill pens, calligraphy markers, paper, sharpies
All students' sketches, research, and email drafts will checked weekly. Student will get written and oral feedback as related to whether they are meeting criteria as outlined in the rubric. As with all art projects, students will be reminded that their creative work must meet school/global standards and not just teenage personal expression standards (I find this to be the best way to explain this concept to adolescents).
Introduction: I will check students notes and sketches (in their journals for initial understanding of beginning project instructions. Each students will aIso be given a project guide, syllabus, and rubric. After beginning the research, I will also ask them to each pose at least one question per table to clarify the project.
Implementation: After each group presents their digital research portfolios on calligraphy, then each group will be asked to write a reflection about what they learned from their own research and from another group. They will also sketch out ideas based on their research and have group critiques to talk about their ideas. All group will email research portfolios and print final copy of reflection for the teacher.
Completion: Students will turn in all preliminary sketches as well as final calligraphy project. They will also turn in self assessments, rubric based reflections. Final grades will be asessed by the learning, growth and process within the entire project from research to sketch to final project.
Grading Criteria Catagories
- Calligraphy research presentation and portfolio
- Calligraphy Sketch and Final Calligraphy
- Technical understanding of process and media
- Understanding of calligraphy and incorporation of research into design
- Artistic Process/Innovation Did you push yourself in new directions?
Students are evaluated in each criteria area: A 9-10 pts., B 8 pts., C 7 pts., D 6 pts., F 6 pts. They can earn up to 50 pts.