Art Movements Teacher Resources
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Five lessons display the art created by Germans under the Weimar Republic. The focus of these lessons is to help learners understand the role of art in politics, government censorship, and Nazi tactics. Web links are included.
Students make art presentations about different pieces of artwork. There is critical thinking done in groups to form conclusions about various artists and artworks. The focus is upon the history of art and the communication of its visual representation. The groups form opinions using critical thinking skills that could influence possible extension activities.
High schoolers identify different kinds of narratives used in a number of artworks. They discuss the artist's us of compositional elements to further the story and/or convey a message within a work of art.
Learners identify different kinds of narratives used in a number of art works, discuss artist's use of compositional elements to further the story and/or convey a message within a work of art, and explain relationship between composition and content in a number of works of art.
Students take a field trip to an art gallery reflecting on the paintings they like the most. Individually, they use magazines to find pictures related to their personality. In pairs, they make a mask to represent their ethnic group and discuss the purposes of African masks. To end the lesson, they make pinatas out of various materials to celebrate.
Third graders incorporate math into dancing. In this algebra lesson, 3rd graders identify different shapes and patterns using dance movements. They relate the different creations to polygons as they incorporate the use of stretchy bands to make the shapes.
Students explore art of the 1950s. For this art history lesson, students examine works by Kofman, Groky, deKooning, Indiana, Hamilson, and Warhol as they identify the attributes of Abstract Impressionism and pop art. Students sketch selected examples of the art presented in the lesson.
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.
What role did women play in pop art during the 1950s and 1960s? The class researches the role of women in mid-century America and how those roles were portrayed through the pop art of the time. They use an excellent set of guiding questions as they analyze several pop pieces created by artist Martha Rosler. Along with the discussion, you will find two additional activities that have learners explore women's roles through critical thinking and artistic expression.
Do you or your class consider the act of collecting a form of art? Displayed are various representations of collections created by a number of artists, including Andy Warhol. The collections are described as artifacts that represent consumer life from the past and present. Tip: Have your kids get creative with collecting and start a class curio cabinet. Have them compose argumentative papers to justify the purpose and choices of their collections.
Students observe samples of artwork which use line, shape, and form to show movement and depict natural forces of nature. They create their own piece of artwork that shows a natural force and movement and then write a descriptive paragraph about it.
Young scholars research an art style. They create an original short story, poem, or personal essay and illustrate the written work with the style of art they researched.
Students explore the work of Sha Sha Higby. In this visual arts instructional activity, students watch a video segment about artist Sha Sha Hugby, study images of her sculptures and performance art, and collaborate to create their own performance art pieces.
Students analyze the military, business, and political implications of Sun Tzu's book The Art of War. In this literature instructional activity, students read and discuss the novel prior to interviewing business people about business practices that resemble warfare. Students share reports on the interview and how the information they learned reflects or does note reflect the content of Tzu's novel.
“Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.”—William James. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson four of 20 introduces several other styles of martial arts and a little bit of history about each one of them. The main part of the lesson introduces the mini salute, which is given out of respect to the instructor. Then the class practices their front kicks in several different ways: in combination, in the air, stationary using a kicking shield, and moving across the floor using a kicking shield.
Using a compass and a ruler, young artists will create geometric abstract art. They'll discuss the highly dimensional work of Victor Vasarely, the elements of art and design, as well as abstract expressionism. They'll then take to the page with markers and crayons to create unique shape inspired pieces.
Students analyze and classify sets of pictures using a mathematical classification system and create original works of Art Deco tiles using this new knowledge and four types of symmetry.
High schoolers investigate the meaning of a composition in the realm of the visual arts. The elements of an image are taught in order for students to answer the guiding questions that are presented.
Here is a lovely lesson plan perfect for the littlest learners. They'll listen to the story of Babar the King of the Elephants, then they'll discuss position words such as, over, forward, under, and up. They'll participate in a simplistic yoga exercise while listening to an orchestral version of the Babar theme song. Movement, motor skills, literacy, and music!
Young scholars recreate their own version of the impressionist piece Starry, Starry Night. In this impressionists art lesson, students examine color, shadows, light and how impressionists artists used these in their art. Young scholars use Kerpoof software to create their own painting.