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Fifth graders examine and critique the art, artists, and artisans of late 18th century America.
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 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.
Students examine the style of an 18th-century compound microscope and its case. In this scientific design lesson, 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.
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.
Students explore how technology has slowly changed the world, starting in the 18th Century.  In this United States History lesson plan, students work in teams to complete numerous activities that compare and contrast life before and after technological changes started to occur, such as the invention of the plow, the cotton gin or electricity.
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.
Students 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. Students create an original work of art using the silhouette technique.
Students examine an 18th century drawing and produce a skit based on the drawing. In this art analysis lesson plan, 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 plan.
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 lesson, 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.
Learners evaluate leadership traits in 18th century Hawai'i and modern times. In this leadership skills lesson plan, students identify leadership traits and read the story of Ka’iana. Learners monitor the leadership activities of a partner and research another leader to compare with Ka’iana.
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.
Students pretend to be 18th century shopkeepers or trades people and create signs representing their shops or trades.
Students 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.
Students create book arts based on a visit to the Botanical Garden. They choose their own images to put into their book and answer discussion questions.
Students explore the concept of myths conveyed through art. In this art history lesson plan, students examine "Three Goddesses" and discuss the state of the world at the time that Nollekens created the sculptures as they analyze the pieces.
Students study Asian works of art and Japanese haiku. They then take this knowledge and create an original haiku in response to other works of art.
Students investigate a sculpture from the 17th century.  In this art history lesson, students examine Bust of a Man by Francis Hardwood and discover the meaning behind it.  Students create their own portrait bust of somebody they admire.
Young scholars develop an understanding of art and history. In this activity about sculpture and creating a mood, students will gain an understanding of a moment in history by observing art. Young scholars observe busts, and paintings from the certain times. Students create a bust of their own of a certain person they and a partner choose.