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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 lesson 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.
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. In 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.
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.
Here is one of the best resources I've come across in quite a while. It's a series of six lesson plans produced by the US Government that have to do with the State Quarters. The titles of the six lessons are: Double Your Money!, How Much?, This Great State!, Colonial Vacation, ABC's of Statehood, and Nifty Fifty State Trivia. This 33-page packet is chock full of everything you need to introduce your class to the wonderful world of State Quarters
Ah, Impressionism, one of the most studied genres of art. High schoolers study the works of the major French Impressionist painters: Renoir, Monet, Degas, Gauguin, Seurat, ToulouseLautrec, Utrillo, Pissarro, Cassatt, Morisot, and Caillebotte. They create products for presentation and use reading and writing strategies in various activities.
Peek into the art and history of ancient Mexico by analyzing the artifact Stone Serpent Heads. Learners examine images of the piece, discuss its origin, history, and significance. They experience the carving process by creating similar pieces from clay or soap. The lesson culminates in a creative writing project where they write from the perspective of a carver from Tenochtitlan.
After studying some of the world's great artists and how they created self-portraits to express a feeling, learners practice drawing techniques to create their own. They study their faces in the mirror, discuss self-expression, feelings, and artistic techniques, then create an oringnal and expressive self-portrait.
Middle and high schoolers participate in a seven-part lesson creating Escher-Esque tessellations. They demonstrate their knowledge of geometric transformations after viewing a PowerPoint presentation, conducting Internet research, and applying geometric software. Learners write an essay describing their tessellation and why it is an example of geometric art.
Here is a fun way to encourage a cooperative classroom, drawing skills, and creative expression. Each child draws a design or shape on his paper, then he rotates to the next child's paper where he adds to the previous design. When the rotations are done, each child uses a cut window to capture and then frame the best part of his collective drawings.