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Reading The Pearl by John Steinbeck with your class and looking for an extension activity? Incorporate art and drama as a way of further exploring the themes presented in this work of literature. Start off in groups, each receiving a different piece of artwork to critique and discuss in light of the social issues depicted in The Pearl. Or if a dramatic activity sounds more appealing, use the Role Play Scenario worksheet include here to get students up from their seats and acting out how social issues may affect their own adolescent lives. Note: To complete the lesson as written, you will need several additional materials that are not included.
Explore the development of wood art. In this art history lesson, students study the art work of Gary Stevens. They describe, analyze, and derive meaning from the art they see. They then write a theory about the artist's purpose for the work of art and support their answer with reasonable personal opinions.
The non-fiction book Art Around the World by Heather Leonard serves as inspiration for learning how art reflects cultures and values. New vocabulary and background knowledge are fleshed out before reading the story. Afterward, the class answers comprehension questions and creates art projects inspired by their own beliefs and values.
Analysis consists of an understanding and interpretation of evidence and elements found in any number of expressive mediums. Upper graders critique the work of American Realist Wayne Thiebaud through a series of excellent guided questions. This is an excellent art analysis lesson that looks at the piece Salads, Sandwiches, and Desserts using a critical and thoughtful lens.
Students research the arts and crafts and their importance in West Virginia. In this arts and crafts lesson, students study arts and crafts, their origin, discuss how West Virginians participated in arts and crafts, and watch a PowerPoint presentation on arts and crafts.
Students are introduced to the culture of African American art. Using the internet, they research the events surrounding the Harlem Renaissance and discover how it produced a wide variety of art and literature. To end the lesson, by analyzing different pieces of artwork by various artists to identify the political statement in the art.
Here is an outstanding series of seven lessons on Native American culture. In it, learners experience reading, math, social studies, geography, arts and crafts, science, music, and even sign language! Some excellent worksheets and other printables are embedded in this magnificent series of lessons.
Students explore nature by creating a model rainforest in class. In this rainforest research lesson, students utilize arts and crafts to recreate a scene of the rainforest including a monkey, trees, shrubbery and other animals. Students utilize wikki stix to create the animals used in the model.
Students view various pieces of art and sculptures which demonstrates people who are marginalized and invisible. While viewing the art, they are read excerpts of different pieces of literature in which they determine why the author or artists wrote or created for what purpose. To end the lesson, they choose one group in America they feel has been invisible and create their own piece of art.
Your high schoolers will examine the community in which they live and discuss with the class. Using the internet, they identify the importance of African-American art and how it relates to the African-American culture. Individually, they use one piece of art and recreate it in their own way. To end the lesson, they identify the reasons why the various artists should be admired.
Children research the paintings of Italian artist Raphael and compare them to the works of Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. They engage in close observations of one person while they prepare to paint a portrait. They create original, realistic portraits that reflect their observations and details about their subjects.