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With this interactive and engaging app, your class members have the opportunity to play the role of museum curator, historian, puzzle solver, and most of all, art lover! From ancient Egypt to the early twentieth century, young learners can unlock art to add to their unique galleries by first testing their art history knowledge, and then piecing together images of some of the most renowned and celebrated works.
An art history detective; I want to be one of those! The class puts their heads together to hone their deductive and critical thinking skills in order to determine which Native American tribe created and used parfleche boxes. They'll use maps, research, and discussion to complete this fun and engaging task.
Students create a functional ceramic vessel inspired by the work of another artist from art history. A number of art history resources be provided as well as the Internet. They research outside of class for the written report.
Student groups create an art history timeline. They design collages to represent different periods of art throughout history, and recreate pieces from each era.
Students examine the art of Impressionists. In this art history instructional activity, students research the art and artists of the Impressionism period and then identify the artist of significant Impressionism pieces. Students also try their hand at the artistic style.
Here is a great art activity that can be connected to several different subjects. Kids get creative as they create kites that are inspired by a famous artist or period in art history. They begin the process by choosing their inspiration, which means that this could easily be turned into a research project. They then construct their kites and start to draw. The activity would fit well into a full instructional activity or unit on flight, aerodynamics, art history, or even ancient kite making techniques.
Research, art history, and web page creation! Sounds too good to be true. With tons of links and resources, the instructional activity provides you with everything needed to engage the class in an amazing art and research activity. They create an art history timeline, research a conceptual artist, then create a website to display the research they've gathered.
Learners assess the many benefits and drawbacks of reproducing works of art, such as sculpture and paintings, on CD-ROMs and on the Internet, as well as explore art history via these computer technologies.
Students investigate art history by researching a particular artist.  In this biographical lesson, students are given a brief summary of a artist's life and are assigned to create a report on the person.  Students create an outline based on family background, important dates and schools attended before creating a PowerPoint presentation on the artist.
Seventh graders study cave art and to learn about the importance of human expression in history. For this art history lesson, 7th graders study the characteristics of cave art and what the art reflected of the culture and time it came from. Students then make pictures in the same context as cave artists and write stories about what life was like for cave artists.
Students examine how paintings tell stories. They read biographies about artists, analyze paintings, research and write the art history of a painting, write a creative story based on the painting, and create a painting in the artist's style.
Fifth graders make a Hyperstudio presentation based on their study of different time periods in art history. They complete a timeline using a teacher made template to complete the project.
Ninth graders investigate the significance of gargoyles and their relationship to architecture, symbolism and art history. They research and compare the form and function of gargoyles in Europe and the United States.
Students explore art history. They play a game inspired by the old game show "To Tell The Truth".
Students play "To Tell The Truth" Art History style in this fun and interactive game for the upper-elementary Art classroom. Included in the lesson is a detailed set of rules and suggestions for successful classroom implementation.
Fifth graders examine the history and art of the Indiana artist Marie Goth. They create a timeline of events in Marie Goth's life and discuss historical events that happened during her lifetime. Students then view portraits and paintings by Goth, write five questions for an art history Jeopardy game, and add details to a face mask they have already created.
Third graders are given the defining characteristics of the period of Art. They work in pairs to fill in worksheets imbedded in this plan describing the famous artists and works of the period. They create their own original work.
Students explore the elements of art and principles of design in their artwork. In these introductory art lessons, students use computers to demonstrate their knowledge of various elements of art and principles of design. Students sort pieces of art into chronological order.
Students conduct research, using a variety of resources, about their favorite painter and painting. They critique the famous painters work and write a multimedia presentation that showcases his/her work. They paint an original work of art based on the techniques they researched.
How do we come to view objects and artifacts as art? What terms and ideas do we associate with craft instead? The distinction between art and craft may be subtle, but has profound roots in art history and the development of western culture. Discover the transition that was made from the medieval world of craft guild statutes to the birth of Renaissance humanism and the practice of placing greater value on individual creativity. 

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