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High schoolers research a famous artist of their choice to experience their lives and achievements. They choose an artist they look up to, a hero perhaps, and share their lives with their peers to develop a banner on that artist to exhibit in an Artist's Hall of Fame.
Reading the original Hans Christian Andersen tale of “The Little Mermaid” and viewing the Great Performances: The Little Mermaid from the San Francisco Ballet video offers class members an opportunity to consider how artistic decisions made by an author impact influence interpretation. Interviews with John Neumeier, the choreographer for the ballet and Lera Auebach, the composer, give insight into their artistic vision and inspiration. The included discussion questions and learning activities help groups prepare their own adaptations of a well-known fairy tale.
In this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 15 multiple choice questions about Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young ManStudents may submit their answers to be scored.
Students compare the entrepreneurial process in business and in the art world. They create a scenario of a business opportunity and solution based on a product from a catalog then they research how several successful artists have found their niche in the commerce of art.
Students conduct research on a selected artist's life. They select an artist, conduct Internet research and bookmark sites, read biographical information about their artist, and create and print a chronological timeline of their selected artist's life.
There is a lot to learn from art. This teacher's guide provides you with extensive background information, activities, and a scripted commentary to accompany a slide show on French artists in California during the Gold Rush Period. The slide show is not provided but image information is, along with an activity to be completed for each image show. Look up the pictures mentioned and you'll have a great lesson.
Imagine being one of the painters in 1910 at the Lyme Art Colony in Connecticut. Using the Florence Griswold Museum's on-line resources to gather information about the daily life of artists at the boardinghouse, learners write a letter to Miss Florence using a historic voice. They also include a packing list of what they will need for their stay at the boardinghouse in 1910.
Learners explore various artists and practice creating their style of painting. In this art history instructional activity, students discover various artists, such as Van Gogh and Michelangelo, and painting style each utilizes. Learners paint a picture that represents each artist's style using a variety of artistic mediums.
What pieces of art have your learners studied so far? You'd certainly know if they had been using a record sheet! Each record page is reserved for one artist, and pupils can write in painting names and related information. Also included are pages reserved for information on individual works of art that have space for an image and notes.
Examine the works of Luisa Roldan and Elisabeth Louise Vigee Le Brun. Learners view various pieces of art from each of the artists and read about their lives. They discuss the information and construct a Venn diagram, comparing the two famous artists.
Students share the difficulties they have in determining what to write or draw for a project. In groups, they view examples from three different artists and discuss how their personal experiences affected their art. They brainstorm a list of issues they are concerned about, pick only one and create a piece of art reflecting their views.
Students study various artistic styles and then make a Kid Pix slide show creating works of art (landscapes, portraits, abstracts, etc.) in the style of a second grade artist.
Here’s a great way to incorporate research into your middle school art class. Each class member chooses an artist, researches one of the artist’s important works, and writes a critique of the piece. Learners then create an accordion-folded book, illustrate it in the artist’s style, and include their critique. Directions for constructing the accordion book, a research worksheet, and a project rubric are included.
Students examine the life and influence of an artist and the effect that his or her body of works had on world events of the past and present. The artist's style is utilized to create a slideshow.
Students read and write an artist's statement. In this artist's statement lesson, students read Dorothea Lange's artist statement before writing one of their own about their photography. They examine their own photography and use description, reflection, and formal analysis as they write their statements.
Students research a famous artist of their choice. They then create a puppet that resembles the artist along with a miniature version of his/her work. In groups of two, they develop a dialogue their puppet will use in a puppet show "interview" of the famous artist.
After watching a video of Native American artist Maria Martinez create art out of clay, learners will create burnished coil pots similar to those made by artist, Kerry Moosman. This lesson includes a supply list, web links, historical art connections, step-by-step instructions, extensions, and an assessment. 
"Can a museum be a catalyst in a community? Can a museum house artists and allow them to be change agents as communities re-think themselves?" Watch as curator Thelma Golden re-imagines the museum as a think tank and explores the capacity of artists to understand and re-write history. While the speaker expresses a particular focus on on Black artists, a primary theme of her presentation is how art can change the way we think about culture and ourselves.
Connect art and history with a series of activities inspired by the work of contemporary artist, Kara Walker. After watching an Art 21 video about Walker and examining the images in a PowerPoint presentation, class members use silhouettes to craft a visual narrative of a historic event.
Students discuss and choose one artist to focus on in this activity. Using the Internet, they research the major works and life of the artist and create a brochure from this information. They choose an object to paint and use the same techniques as the artist they researched.