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Read between the lines of symmetry to make important connections between math, art, culture, and nature.
Explore the art and cultural significance of henna hand designs. You engage the class by providing background information that describes who, what, where, when, and why henna designs are used. Then, the class uses the included templates to create a henna self-portrait. They trace their hands and use the symbolic designs to create an image of a hand that represents who they are. This is a neat idea that can easily fit into any lesson on history, art, culture and traditions, or symbolism. 
Students create living artifacts dealing with different times and cultures. They explore Ancient Rome, the Middle Ages, Islam, Africa, and the United States.
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 investigate the music, dance, and drama of various Asian cultures. In teams of theatrical agents, they represent a troupe of performers or artists, conduct research, develop program notes, and participate in an Asian Art Festival.
Students recall unique characteristics of Nepalese painting, sculpture, and music, create an example from one area of Nepalese art,s and share this with the class.
Music and social studies combine in this rich lesson designed to deepen learners understanding of Ohio and its many cultural groups. After a whole class discussion on the cultural groups the make up Ohio's society and the elements of music, small groups choose one cultural group and research their music. This complete unit of lesson plans includes a bibliography of websites, instructional procedures, rubrics and excellent graphic organizers to structure student research. Just add music!
Fifth graders study the Ohio regional cultures and the role music plays in culture. In this culture and music lesson, 5th graders complete research and make a presentation that illustrates an Ohio cultural group and its location, customs, practices, social behaviors, and music.
Students develop skills in painting and create a painting of an ice cream cone using Pop Art as in inspiration.
Students create paintings of ice cream treats using Pop Art as an inspiration while developing skills in painting in this 4th through 6th grade Art activity. Included with the activity are possible extensions and suggested evaluation rubric.
Easter art projects can be used to teach students about a variety of cultural art forms.
In this culture worksheet, students examine thirty features of culture, then write one example for each that is common to people in the United States.
A game, research, and cross-cultural comparisons are in the works as you open an artistic lesson plan. Upper graders get analytical as they make observations that will help them create a link between abstract and creative thinking. They analyze the piece, Orator's Stool in terms of art, structure, and purpose, then create a visual or written piece that reflects a single theme.
Students observe art from different Aboriginal cultures.  In this art evaluation lesson, students discover the different traditions of cultures from the Pacific North West.  Students judge the art from these cultures with a specific criteria.
We don't often think military life and the arts as a two things that go together. Learners will examine how the Samurai and ancient Japanese military men were trained not just to fight, but also to create art through theater, poetry, and tea. They will analyze a scene from a hanging scroll and a waka poem to better understand the balance of culture found in the Japanese military.
Tenth graders analyze works from the period of the Industrial Revolution in England and identify the cultural values depicted and inferred that paved the way for the Industrial Revolution to occur at this time. They create captions that may would have been appropriate to accompany the artwork. They compare the values depicted with the current attitudes toward work in today's society.
Students study the art work of aboriginalists and create art work of their own to demonstrate an understanding of the art form. In this art lesson plan, students create 3D art and experiment with color combinations.
Learners explore art when it is used as a source of information about society and material culture. They communicate with students in a foreign country, and share ideas and experiences in order to create drawings of their homes to exchange.
Can a palace door be art? Can it facilitate an understanding of people and places? It certainly can! Using a palace facade as a lesson catalyst, kids will discuss geometric patterns, the kingdom of Swat, and geopolitical themes. They research the kingdom and prepare a presentation of the past and present geopolitical status of Swat. 
Students design a PowerPoint presentation to illustrate their understanding of portraiture art.  In this art history lesson, students gather information of portraits through history and discuss the artistic techniques used by making a multimedia presentation.