Laurens The Two Sisters

Image

Bronze sculpture of two abstracted women figures.

Henri Laurens
b. 1885 Paris, France; d. 1954 Paris, France
The Two Sisters, 1951
Bronze
35 x 16 x 13 inches
Accession date: 1989
The Dr. and Mrs. John J. Mayers Collection
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

Subject

Visual Arts

Grade Range

K-12

Skill

Critical analysis

Motivation

Museum trip

Materials

Personal Connection worksheet

About the Artist

French, born in Paris, France (1885-1954

Learning Goal

To use critical analysis to describe the characteristics of the abstract sculpture The Two Sisters by Henri Laurens.

I Can Statement

I can use critical analysis to describe the characteristics of the abstract sculpture The Two Sisters by Henri Laurens.

Vocabulary

Sculpture, sculptor, three dimensional, bronze, critical analysis, texture, abstract, realistic 

Procedure

  • Define and discuss critical analysis.
  • Introduce or review the vocabulary.
  • Point out that the artist was born in Paris, France.
  • Elicit information about France from the class (location, climate, language).
  • Discuss and explain the concepts of realistic and abstract art.
  • Is the sculpture realistic or abstract?
  • Ask the class if they have ever seen a sculpture like this one before (what and where).
  • Have the children explain what the subjects are doing (dancing, posing or walking).
  • Elicit the moods evoked by the statue and explain why you feel that way (happy, silly, etc.). 
  • Ask the group what the artist’s mood might have been when he created the piece.
  • Inquire how the piece would feel to the touch (cool, warm, room temperature). Elicit critiques (I liked or disliked the sculpture because …); record responses.
    Assessment: Have the children write a brief narrative describing what the sisters are saying.
  • Discuss texture and ask the children to give a description (smooth, bumpy, thick or thin).
  • Ask the children to describe the shapes they see in terms of lines (straight, curvy, diagonal).

Summary

Elicit critiques (I liked or disliked the sculpture because …); record responses.

Assessment

Have the children write a brief narrative describing what the sisters are saying.

Florida Standards

Florida Visual Arts Standards Grades K-5

  • Vocabulary: VA.1.C.3.1 / VA.2.C.3.1 / VA.3.C.3.1 / VA.4.C.3.1 / VA.1.S.1.4/ VA.2.S.1.4 / VA.3.S.1.4 / VA.4.S.1.4 / VA.5.S.1.4
  • Interpret and Reflect: VA.K.C.1 .2 / VA.1.C.1.2 / VA.2.C.1.2 / VA.3.C.1.2 / VA.4.C.1.2 / VA.5.C.1.2
  • Artist’s intent: VA.5.C.3.2
  • Critique art: VA.3.C.3.3 / VA.4.C.3.3 / VA.5.C.3.3
  • Identify shapes: MAFS.K.G.1.2 / MAFS.4.G.1.2 / MAFS.5.G.2.4

Florida Visual Arts Standards Grades 6-8

  • Vocabulary: VA.68.C.3.1 
  • Interpret and Reflect: VA.68.C.1.2
  • Artist’s intent: VA.68.S.1.5
  • Describe art from selected cultures: VA.68.H.1.1
  • Critique art: VA.68.C.3.3

Florida Visual Arts Standards Grades 9-12

  • Interpret and Reflect: VA.912.C.1
  • Vocabulary: VA.912.C.3.1
  • Describe art from selected cultures: VA.912.H.1
  • Critique art: VA.912.C.3
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