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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 explore art of the 1950s. In 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.
What do science and dance have in common? Simple machines, work, and force! First, children discuss machines, wheels, inclined planes, and wedges. They create inclined planes with their bodies and make up dances about wheels and wedges. They use interpretive dance to describe the motion of machines such as, tilt, lean, spin, and turn. This is a really wonderful lesson that incorporates movement, music, science, and vocabulary development.
Young artists explore contour drawing, design elements, while honing their observation and critical design skills. They compose a contour piece where they draw their feet on a mixed media background. An excellent art lesson sure to encourage thoughtful and skilled artists.
Good art instruction starts with building an understanding of the elements or art, design, and observation. Upper graders complete a drawing lesson where they observe and draw their hands. They reference other art works that emphasize the hands, and use those references to critique their own work.
“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 the military, business, and political implications of Sun Tzu's book The Art of War. In this literature lesson, 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.