Sunshades can keep us cool from the sun. Radial structures can support circular forms. Using warm and cool colors next to each other can create visual excitement.
Students explore how sunshades – tents, parasols, umbrellas – keep us cool from the sun. Next, students discover the radial structures hold umbrellas and parasols open. Exploring the art of umbrellas from several different cultures, students also learn to identify warm and cool colors and understand how using them together can create visual contrast. Students design and build their own model sunshades from translucent paper and cardboard, and paint them with warm and cool colors. Learning Targets and Assessment Criteria
Target: Creates contrast with color.
Criteria: Uses warm colors (red/yellow/orange) and cool colors (blues/green/violet).
Target: Identifies and creates radial structure.
Criteria: Describes and builds a sunshade with equal length spokes that cross in the center.
Target: Solves artistic and engineering design problem.
Criteria: Tests a sunshade for strength, and reinforces if necessary.
(See photographs of umbrellas from China and Ghana below. Also search for umbrellas from Japan, Bali, Indonesia, and Nigeria).
Newsprint: 18x24”, 3 per student; Large paper coffee filters: 18” diameter, 3 per student; Liquid watercolor: assorted colors (some warm – red, yellow, orange; some cool – blue, green, violet), 6 bottles of each color; Palettes or small cups; Water containers, 1 per 2 students; Pipettes/droppers: one per watercolor bottle, approximately 36 droppers Cardboard/tagboard: 1/2x18” strips, 4 per student; Paper bowls: approximately 6” diameter, 1 per student; Copy paper: 8.5x11”, prior to day 2 of lesson, copy the pie graph from the lesson, one per student; Recycled wrapping paper tubes or slender mailing tubes (approx. 1.5” diameter x 18”); Scissors; Glue: Elmer’s or Tacky glue; Glue sticks; Hole punches (5 per class); Curling ribbon in a variety of colors; Class Assessment Worksheet
Seattle Art Museum
Lady Wearing an Eboshi, on High Geta an Holding an Umbrella, c. 1780-1800, Utagawa Toyokuni, Japanese, 2014.32.6