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Works of Daryn Beasley

“Spring into Art 2021” Lesson Plan


Grade: (6-8) Middle School
Subject Area: Visual Arts
Topic/Theme: Iconography

Students will be able to:

  • Interpret how the artist used color and form to change the view of the iconic figures.
  • Incorporate color schemes and form into their own iconic figure painting.
  • Discuss how the work of Daryn Beasley reflects that of art history and culture.
National Learning Standards/State Standards

National Standards:

  • VA: Re8.1.7a Interpret art by analyzing artmaking approaches, the characteristics of form and structure, relevant contextual information, subject matter, and use of media to identify ideas and mood conveyed.

State Standards:

  • CR.1c. Incorporate a variety of internal and external sources of inspiration into works of art (e.g. internal inspiration – moods, feelings, self-perception, memory, imagination, fantasy; external inspiration – direct observation, personal experience, events, pop culture, artists and artwork from diverse cultures and periods).
  • CN.1b. Articulate reasons for making art throughout history, including the mutual influence of history, culture, and art.
Questions for Viewing
  • What do you see?
  • What iconic figures do you see?
  • Why might the artist use different colors (non-realistic) to portray the figures?
  • Does this change the way you view them?
  • Does this resemble any movements from art history?
  • Do you see any other artwork in the gallery that is similar in style or color?

Activity Setting: Classroom


  •  185lbs Canson Painting Paper (16×20) 1 sheet per student.
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Acrylic paint
  • Brushes
  • Paint palettes
  •  Water cups
  • Paper towels

Subject Areas: Visual Arts

Duration: 3-day project (60 minutes per class- 180 minutes total)

After viewing the exhibit, think about someone who has influenced your life or the world. It can be an actor, artist, world leader, motivational speaker. You decide! Once you have decided on your iconic figure find a picture you would like to use of them thinking about angles, lighting, and quality of photograph from the internet.

Now, on your 16 x20 paper, you can free-hand sketch your iconic figure or use the grid method with a pencil and eraser. Once you’re figure is completely drawn out. It is time to begin thinking about color schemes for paint. Artist Daryn Beasley used bright colors to portray his figures and we will need to think about bright colors as well as complimentary color schemes. Complimentary colors really stand out when paired together such as green and red, orange and blue, and purple and yellow. Have your students decide on four colors- one pair being complimentary.

Example: yellow, pink, orange and purple. Yellow and purple are the complimentary.

Before adding paint, with a pencil begin planning out where each color will go thinking about balance and making sure the colors are evenly spread out throughout the artwork. Much like Daryn Beasley’s work we are focusing on large blocks of color rather than values.

Once, your artwork is completely painted, on a piece of notebook paper write a few sentences on why you chose your iconic figure.