18th Century Art Teacher Resources
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Fifth graders examine and critique the art, artists, and artisans of late 18th century America.
Fifth graders view a slide presentation of Revolutionary period paintings and engravings and list them on a timeline of the American Revolution. They conduct Internet research on various artists. Students apply 18th century art techniques to pencil sketches of available engravings and paintings.
Young scholars explore nature of cultural movements in Western Civilization since the 18th Century by examining various styles of painting, and analyzing impact of culture on its forms of artistic expression. Students then create imitative paintings of work by selected artist, and created weblets using Claris or Netscape.
Discover the kabuki form of Japanese classical theater performance and its reflection of the historical evolution of Japanese government and culture. As the first dramatic performance form catering to the common people, kabuki is shaped by the basic tenets of Confucian philosophy and would later have a great effect on such artists as Van Gogh and Debussy.
Students discover boats by researching 18th century ships. In this Naval history lesson, students identify and describe the different components of an 18th century naval ship after researching information on the Internet. Students complete a Naval Ship worksheet and practice using discovery vocabulary terms.
Learners become familiar with the black-figure painting style of ancient Greece and its influence on Neoclassical artists during the 18th century, as seen in drawing, painting, and silhouettes, or shadow portraits.
Fifth graders examine and research the art of chip carving in 18th century America. They create rosette designs using radial symmetry with rulers and compasses.
Students observe and compare 18th century British portraits with those made by John Singleton Copley. By conducting research they explore the cultural climate of the portraits in order to write a historically accurate story.
Students research prevailing attitudes and Rousseau's position on child rearing in the 18th century. They consider attitudes toward motherhood and childcare in our own culture through interviews with peers and family members.
Young scholars recognize the taxation of the American colonists by the British led to the revolution. They participate in or analyze a performance of an 18th-century song and then discuss its meaning and craft.
Learners analyze the black-figure painting style of ancient Greece and its influence on Neoclassical artists during the 18th century, as seen in drawing, painting and silhouettes, or shadow portraits. In this ancient art lesson, students use the technique of paper cutting to create an original two-dimensional work of art that expresses a personal statement. Learners create an original work of art using the silhouette technique.
Learners discuss colonial gardening in the 18th century, and collect data using research materials. They create a simple garden design with appropriately titled and labeled data.
Learners examine the style of an 18th-century compound microscope and its case. In this scientific design lesson plan, students look at Jacques Caffieri's, "Compound Microscope and Case" before comparing the design to a modern microscope. They design their own scientific or technological instrument using pencils, colored pencils, and drawing paper.
Students examine an 18th century drawing and produce a skit based on the drawing. In this art analysis lesson, students analyze the story depicted in a drawing and create a skit inspired the scene. Students research the 18th century Italian theatre and write their scenes based on the research. Students also create a promotional poster for the lesson.
Students are introduced to the culture of African American art. Using the internet, they research the events surrounding the Harlem Renaissance and discover how it produced a wide variety of art and literature. To end the lesson, by analyzing different pieces of artwork by various artists to identify the political statement in the art.
Students compare the role of a marchand-mercier to that of a modern-day business counterpart and write a persuasive letter. In this French art activity, students discuss the role of the marchand-mercier in French design and role-play his position to write a persuasive letter to sell the Lit à la Polonaiseto a client.
Students imagine they are a 'marchand-mercier' (or salesman) and write a persuasive letter to sell French items. In this art analysis lesson, students identify the role of a 'marchand-mercier' and write a three-paragraph letter to sell items to a client.
Students discuss and analyze the style and function of an 18th-century compound microscope and compare the design to the design of modern scientific devices. They design their own modern scientific or technological instrument.
Have your class create their own art exhibit. Learners study the exchange of artwork between the Louvre in Paris and two American art museums, and create an introductory exhibit featuring European and American art from the Renaissance through the 20th century. Before embarking on this lesson, check the materials list to make sure you are prepared.
Twelfth graders learn art is an effective way to convey a political message. They learn how political messages are created to convey a message. They analyze a piece of artwork and then write a short paragraph from the point of view of one of the characters represented.