Lesson Theme: Control
- Learn how Shakespeare demonstrates the theme of control in the tragedy Hamlet.
- Apply what they learn about control beginning with creating artwork.
- Colored Pencils
- Discuss that there are two different types of control that Shakespeare demonstrate the theme through: Physical and Mental.
- Who has physical control in the play? The monarchy: Hamlet is a prince, Claudius is a king; Hamlet tells the acting troupe what to play; People kill each other with poison, drowning, and swords.
- How is mental control showed? Who has mental control? Hamlet going crazy, Hamlet not acting upon his thoughts of revenge, Ophelia after her father dies, Gertrude and her lust, Hamlet telling Guildenstern that though he's been trying to control him he can't.Processes
- Creating Artwork: Create three images observing one object three different times using contour line. Allow the students control over the object being drawn (must be from life) and the medium being drawn with. Suggest that the student choose an object that demonstrates their understanding of Hamlet.
- Complete Control: The student observes the object and draws it how they like.
- Partial Blind Contour: The student is only allowed to look at their drawing occasionally, but during most of their drawing they are looking at the object.
- Blind Contour: Don't look at your paper after placing your drawing utensil until the drawing is done.
- Contour - a line that traces the outer limits of an object or surface
- Blind Contour - A blind contour drawing is a line drawing that is created without the use of constantly looking at the paper. Instead, one concentrates intensely on the item that he/she is drawing. These types of drawings enhance one’s eye-hand coordination and create a better awareness of changes of form and space.
- Control - a : to exercise restraining or directing influence over : regulate. b : to have power over : rule
- Theme - a subject or topic of or of artistic representation
- What can we control in our lives? What things do we have no control over? (We always can control our actions; we have no control over others actions or the consequences to our choices but we can control our reactions to these things.)
- Who is really in control? Does anyone have control or is the world in the hands of fate?
Students will be graded on their drawings based on if they followed the rules while creating them. They may be graded on answers to discussion questions.