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The Stars of LeWitt

Be inspired by Sol LeWitt’s installation and create a five pointed star.

  • Grade 5
    Grade 6
  • 60 to 90 Minutes
  • Directions

    1. Find a picture of Sol LeWitt’s installation, “Wall Drawing #1256: Five Pointed Starts”, at the United States Embassy in Berlin, Germany.
    2. Discuss the roll of embassies and find Berlin, Germany on a map. Discuss the purpose of FAPE. FAPE is the leading non-profit organization dedicated to providing permanent works of American art for U.S. embassies worldwide.
    3. Ask students to visually investigate and comment on the artist’s work. (color, shape, presentation, symbolism, ideas)
    4. Hand out square white paper, rulers and pencils to the students.
    5. Invite students to draw a star in the center of the white paper using the straight edge of the ruler.
    6. Measure an equal distance from all sides of the center star and draw another star. Continue drawing stars to the edge of the paper. As students move toward the edges, only parts of each star will show on the paper.
    7. Hand out a variety of marker types and colors.
    8. Ask students if they were giving your star to an embassy in the world, which country would they pick? Select colors that are symbolic of our country or the other country.
    9. Encourage students to repeat colors.
    10. Display the stars. Engage the students in a discussion of the choices of colors and countries they symbolize.
  • Standards

    LA: Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.

    LA: Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

    SS: Explore ways that language, art, music, belief systems, and other cultural elements may facilitate global understanding or lead to misunderstanding.

    SS: Show how groups and institutions work to meet individual needs and promote the common good, and identify examples of where they fail to do so.

    SS: Use appropriate resources, data sources, and geographic tools such as atlases, data bases, grid systems, charts, graphs, and maps to generate, manipulate, and interpret information.

    VA: Students will demonstrate the ability to choose and evaluate a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas.

    VA: Students will reflect upon and assess the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others.

    VA: Students will make connections between visual arts and other disciplines.

  • Adaptations

    Use other media such as tempera paint.

    Explore other art by Sol DeWitt.

    Prepare a large mural with a geometric design.

    Create a mural to encourage diversity and peace around the world.

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