Step 1: Study the variety of artistic sketchbooks of Edgar Degas. Analyze his use of line, subject, and light in his work using the “Color, Shapes, Lines” thinking strategy from pre-assessment.
Step 2: Have students choose an object or a theme and pick two words from each category (color, shape, and line) to focus on. Incorporate this information into an original work in the style of Edgar Degas using student sketchbooks and either a charcoal medium or pencil sketches.
Step 3: Each student will complete an artist statement to describe their work. These statements should address the following questions:
1. Why did you create this work?
2. What does this work signify?
3. How did you create this piece/solution?
4. What is the work made of (if applicable)?
5. What does this work mean to you?