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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.
Students 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.
Students investigate art history by researching a particular artist.  In this biographical lesson, 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.
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.
In this online interactive reading comprehension instructional activity, 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.
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. 
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.
Students read case studies of artists' lawsuits under the Visual Artists Rights Act and then discuss the merits of fictitious cases where artists might consider a lawsuit. They predict the outcome of a lawsuit scenario and justify their prediction by citing portions of the VARA law.
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.
Pupils 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.
High schoolers discover the differences in being an entrepreneurial artist and an employed artist. They explore the tax codes, copyright laws and fringe benefits of being an employee versus an independent contractor.
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
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 plan.
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.
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.
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 lesson. Rubric is included for self- and teacher assessment after the project is finished.
Students research famous artists and create brochures about them. They paint pictures or three-dimensional objects that reflect the styles of the artists researched.
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.
Students prepare to visit the art museum and view the rural world as seen by artists of 1848 - 1914.  In this Monet lesson, students examine the haystacks series of artworks by Monet. Students observe social change in the rural community through through artwork.