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Put Your Best Facade Forward-Lesson 1
Students are introduced to the applied arts and focus on the applied art of architecture. They examine how architecture communicates messages about the people in a community who use a building. Students study the facade of their school and then create an observation drawing.
Byzantine Art: 5th century to 1453 AD
Art and architecture are great ways to help define historical periods and cultural norms. Take a critical look at the art of the Byzantine period as seen under Justinian rule. Iconography, vocabulary, religious, and political concepts are depicted through the art of the time.
The BEAM Project: Building Efficient Architectural Models
Technology or engineering teams are given a task to design, construct, and test the efficiency of a structure that will foster an even temperature throughout an entire day in the sunlight. This is intended as a long-term project. Pupils research, plan, bring materials in from home, build, evaluate, and write a report. A 13-page packet is provided as a guide and record-keeping journal. There is even a grading rubric that you can share with them to keep them on task and use to assess their work.
Where the Wild Things Are
Students explore the role of gargoyles in New York City architecture as a starting point to considering architectural structures in their city. They create designs that illustrate ways in which those local structures may be enhanced by gargoyles.
Home, Sweet, Home!
Students investigate the local history and architecture of their community. They draw maps, conduct Internet research, discuss varied architectural designs, take a walking tour of their town and work in teams to record their community's history.
Traders of the Lost Art
Learners work in small groups to investigate a variety of art and architecture forms common during the Old Kingdom epoch in Ancient Egypt. Learners then evaluate how these art forms reflect a culture's beliefs and values. And, finally, groups do research on an assigned art form and create an example.
Wonders of the World
Fifth graders investigate a famous structure. In this Wonders of the World lesson, 5th graders examine the architecture of a famous structure of the world. Students answer questions about their structure. Students gather research, write a paragraph and find a picture of their structure. Students share in an exhibit.
Students consider the two finalists in the contest for architectural designs for the site of the World Trade Center. They create their own designs for a meaningful public space, then critique each other's designs.
Learners get involved in a unique collaboration that enhances their knowledge of architecture and design. Develop organizer resources with others. They are engulfed into a world of architects and museum specialists to facilitate the appreciation of the demands and potential of technology.
Let's Learn about Symmetry
Students explore symmetry in architecture. In this cross curriculum art and architecture instructional activity, students fold paper to illustrate symmetry and identify symmetrical and asymmetrical shapes. Students observe photographs or take a walk in the neighborhood and identify symmetry used in architecture. Students participate in related web site activities and use wooden blocks to create examples of symmetrical structures.
What is Art?
Students become familiar with the art and architecture and history of the Chicago World's Fair. In this public arts project lesson, students compare and contrast fine art and public art through a study of the exhibits at the Chicago World's Fair. Students examine and discuss neoclassical design and modernist design. Students complete worksheets after examining pictures.
Reaching for the Sky
Students consider features of skyscraper using descriptive words, reflect on notion of skyscraper as orientation point in a city, and explore New York Times Building in Manhattan by reading and discussing article, "Pride and Nostalgia Mix in The Times's New Home." Students then investigate skyline of international city, choose skyscraper to research, sketch architectural additions, and/or create poems to describe their ideal urban structures.
Lesson: New Museum Design Activity
After viewing images of vernacular and alternative architecture, budding designers collect materials to construct their own spacial design. They use gathered materials to construct a 3D model of the class space in a new way, yet completely to scale. This activity engages problem solving skills critical and creative thinking, as well as spatial awareness.
Castles and Cornerstones
Young scholars become familiar with the style of architecture of medieval times. In this architecture lesson plan, students design a model of a medieval castle including its cornerstone. Young scholars understand scale in their representation.
Down the Nile
Third graders participate in an integrated arts program dealing with the culture of Ancient Egypt - its music, its art and architecture, and its language. Students perform folk dances, and use classroom instruments.
Bible: Symbolism in the Church
Students discover the meaning of symbols, artifacts, and other architecture in the church. In this church symbolism lesson, students work in groups to research symbols and images and present their findings to the class. Students also write a report on their findings.
Students design an on campus treasure hunt to find various architectural vocabulary words which they then create definitions for on the blog page on the Environmental Design website.
While this resource is about architecture, it isn't about art. It demonstrates the differences between Romanesque and Gothic architecture to show changes in the socio-political spectrum of the time. Images and good discussion questions make for a handy resource to use the next time you teach medieval history.
Roman Art, Architecture, and Engineering
There is no better tool to help you explain art or architecture than an image-filled slide show. Classic Greek art, architecture, and engineering are all described with excellent visual examples and text which defines each form by its characteristics. If you need nothing more than a great visual aid, then this is it.
Cityscapes: Architecture as Artifact
Students research an architecture artifact in their community and journal about the experience.