TOOLKIT: LOST & FOUND
THEME: SPACE / COMMUNITY
SUBJECT: VISUAL ART
ARTIST: JOHN PEÑA
GRADE: recommended 8th-12th grade
Students study and employ elements and principles of design to create a poster.
Students reflect on how signage affects the way people interact with their environments.
Students think about the concept of ephemeral.
1. What does ephemeral mean?
2. How do you feel when you see a lost and found poster?
3. What is the difference between a handwritten poster and one that is typed?
4. Have you ever responded to a lost and found poster?
5. Have you ever created a lost and found poster because you have really lost something?
1. Word Balloons, (2014) by John Peña
Create a lost and found poster for something ephemeral. Use a drawing or a photograph to identify your subject. Think carefully about all of the design elements. Select a typeface to best suit your needs. Will your poster be handwritten or computer generated? Remember that each expresses a very different sentiment. What information will you include on your lost and found poster? Is there a description of what you have lost? Is there a reward? You may need to put your contact information on your lost and found poster. Will you use your actual phone number or e-mail? If people respond to you, how will you respond back? Where do you post your lost and found poster? Do you post just one or make copies and post several around your school or community? Document your poster and people interacting with it.
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PENNSYLVANIA CORE STANDARDS
-know and use the elements and principles of each art form to create works in the arts and humanities
-recognize, know, use and demonstrate a variety of appropriate arts elements and principles to produce, review and revise original works in the arts
-recognize and use fundamental vocabulary within each of the arts forms
-use knowledge of varied styles within each art form through a performance or exhibition of unique work
-demonstrate the ability to define objects, express emotions, illustrate an action or relate an experience through creation of works in the arts