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.
Students 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.
Students 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.
A fantastic collection of postwar European art is ready for the class. Contained in each of the 69 slides are images of art that represent the abstract movements that define the period. L'art Brut, French photography, tachisme, cobra, and the postwar art of England, Spain, and Italy are all depicted. An excellent accompaniment to any art history lecture.
Young scholars examine the role of chance in creating Dada art and analyze the idea of gesture. In this art analysis lesson, students consider gesture in drawings and the role of chance in Dada art. Young scholars complete image based discussion. Students work in groups to create inventive ways to apply gesture to a page. Young scholars choose one of the drawing methods and make a chance drawing.
Students explore art of the 1950s. In this art history activity, 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 activity.
Learners examine the art of Impressionists. In this art history lesson plan, students research the art and artists of the Impressionism period and then identify the artist of significant Impressionism pieces. Learners also try their hand at the artistic style.
Students explore the work of Sha Sha Higby. In this visual arts lesson, 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 lesson plan, 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.
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.
High schoolers create maquettes of abstract sculptures utilizing the elements of art; line, shape, value, color, space and texture and the principles of design; balance, emphasis, contrast, rhythm and movement, pattern and unity. These art lessons produce fantastic results, and the lesson plan is clearly-written and easy to follow!
Students create non-objective art based on the design elements of line, color, balance and movement using tape. This simple lesson plan encourages students to create patterns by overlapping and defining lines on a canvas panel. One of the many good things about this idea is that it's "mistake proof." If a student doesn't like what they just did, all they have to do is peel the tape up and try again.
Tenth graders discuss collage and photomontage techniques and artists, and how the art form can convey cultural or current issues. They research a collage artist, then design a topical or personally symbolic collage. Present their finished projects with a class gallery!
Young artists of all ages create texture using dried slabs of pourable acrylic paint. They experiment with texture by turning a liquid into a solid and finally into a 3-D work of art. This lesson uses easy-to-find materials, and the results are visually stunning. Worth your consideration, for sure!
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.
Students analyze the art of theatrical costumes and modern art designs. In this art analysis lesson, students compare two different designs for theatrical costumes by artists Oskar Schlemmer and El Lissitzky. Students complete image based discussion and three related activities.
Young artists use Paintstik colors on paper, canvas, metal, fabric or another surface to create a work of art to be presented in a gallery. Students research the origins of the "Snakebasket" they are creating. These art lessons produce some of the finest products I have ever seen.
High schoolers 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.