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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 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.
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 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.
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.
Get your head in the clouds before teaching cloud types to your mini-meteorologists. The lesson opens with a beautiful PowerPoint presentation of clouds portrayed in different artists' paintings. After viewing artistic renditions, learners then view photographs of different cloud types. Background information, resource links, and suggested extensions are provided. This lesson is a visual treat that you can follow with an activity in which pupils reproduce the different cloud types using various art media.
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 explore how technology has slowly changed the world, starting in the 18th Century. In this United States History lesson, 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.
Students examine an 18th century drawing and produce a skit based on the drawing. For 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.
Differentiate between the various genres in the visual arts world, particularly in Western painting. Your class can view and discuss, in small groups, paintings published on the National Galleries website. Then each student individually identifies genres of paintings in an online exercise.