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Artistic Interpretation of a Classic: The Author's Role
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.
Lesson: Emory Douglas: Here and Now: Looking at Contemporary Struggle
After looking into the life, art, and social contributions of artist Emory Douglas, learners analyze several social art pieces. They use Emory Douglas as an example of social art, then consider 10 other pieces. They write a paper responding to three of the words as they relate to Emory Douglas. Note: Links to specific works are not included.
Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists, 1958–1968
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.
You can't truly analyze art until you understand the types of decisions artists make while creating it. Presented here, are definitions and examples of the basic elements of art and design, in relation to how they are used in the creation of art as well as the analysis of it.
Meet The Artist
Students investigate art history by researching a particular artist. In this biographical instructional activity, 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.
Lesson: Elizabeth Peyton: Artist's Community: The Real
What is real or imagined? The lines of beauty reality, and imagination are blurred in Elizabeth Peyton's portraits of her community. Learners analyze her use of artistic technique in conveying real and imagined communities. They then use multimedia techniques to creat a real or imagined community of their own.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
For this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 15 multiple choice questions about Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Social Studies: The Unconventional Artist and Leader
Students will discuss Frank Lloyd Wright's unconventional personality traits and will explore some common personality characteristics of creative artists and leaders. Students will write paragraphs describing typical personality traits of artists and lead
Splendide Californie French Artists’ Impressionsof the Golden State, 1786-1900
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.
Learning About Artists
Students explore various artists and practice creating their style of painting. In this art history lesson, students discover various artists, such as Van Gogh and Michelangelo, and painting style each utilizes. Students paint a picture that represents each artist's style using a variety of artistic mediums.
Dear Miss Florence: Writing Letters To the Boardinghouse for Artists
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.
Probing the Unknown: Artists as Explorers
Learners gain an understanding of humans need to explore. They create a "journey map" depicting the accomplishments of artistic explorers, and research the influences that caused the artists to embark on these "explorations."
The Wyeth Family of Artists
Students work in expert teams to research the life and work of N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, and James Wyeth. N.C.'s daughters, Carolyn and Henriette, were also artists. Their visual images of work in print or on the Internet are unfortunately limited.
Artists Teach Us to See the World through Visual Symbols
Tenth graders analyze a biographical piece of art by Raymond Saunders. They identify shapes, symbols, and lines that are used, and how the piece relates to the artist's life and modern society. They design and create an original piece of art that uses contemporary symbols to address current social and political issues.
Seven Poems, Seven Paintings: A Teacher's Guide to Selected Holocaust Poetry
Seven poems paired with seven original works of art provide learners an opportunity to draw connections between literary and artistic interpretations. Designed to augment a study of the Holocaust, each pair is accompanied by discussion questions. A powerful, personal way to introduce the topic.
Patti Smith: Dream of Life
How do artists affect and how are artists affected by the time periods in which they live? Learners examine the life and work of controversial and influential cultural artist Patti Smith as they seek answers to this essential question. Groups research her associates, the social and cultural events of the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s in which she participated, her poems, songs, and photographs. Links are provided as are extensions, adaptations, and assessments. Preview materials before considering this resource for your class.
Open-ended dialogue and guiding questions lead children through a discussion about the relationship between physical objects and personal identity. They analyze the work of two contemporary Japanese artists who have use their mediums to express feelings of home. Tip: This would be a good opportunity to have learners use art to express aspects of home or personal identity.
Studying An Artist
Students examine the artwork of a specific artist and attempt to create a painting in the style of the studied artist in this middle and high school level Art activity. Rubric is included for self- and teacher assessment after the project is finished.
Artists in Search of a Medium: Jonathon Keats
What is Conceptual art? How do artist choose a medium in which to work? Why do artists work in specific mediums? Welcome your learners to the world of visual arts with a unit-long examination of the work of conceptual artist Jonathon Keats. Class members read about Keats and his study on phylogenetic trees, watch a video of his art, and discuss the history of conceptual art. Individuals then select a piece of art to analyze. Included are a rich assortment of resources and links.
The Rural World Seen by Artists 1848-1914
Students prepare to visit the art museum and view the rural world as seen by artists of 1848 - 1914. For this Monet lesson, students examine the haystacks series of artworks by Monet. Students observe social change in the rural community through through artwork.