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Middle schoolers practice evaluating art by creating a research project and presentation. They use the Internet and library to discover a piece of art or artist whom they feel has an impact on the world of art. Next, they create a PowerPoint, written or oral presentation to demonstrate their knowledge of the subject they have chosen.
Learners examine how paintings tell stories. They read biographies about artists, analyze paintings, research and write the art history of a painting, write a creative story based on the painting, and create a painting in the artist's style.
Students observe art from different Aboriginal cultures.  In this art evaluation instructional activity, students discover the different traditions of cultures from the Pacific North West.  Students judge the art from these cultures with a specific criteria.
What a wonderfully creative way to have your class create a class journal. Learners use a variety of materials to design an art journal using collages, drawings, and paintings. An interesting and motivating variation on traditional journals. 
Art history projects can be a lot of fun. Budding art historians research the life, art, and times of Pablo Picasso, visit the local art museum, and create a multimedia presentation showcasing his art and personal history. Handouts, permission slips, teacher's notes, and background information are all included.
Explore nutrition through art using this resource. Learners create art work emphasizing a particular aspect of good nutrition. They use soup cans to display their art work and discuss the ways that advertising alters consumer habits.
Students analyze the military, business, and political implications of Sun Tzu's book The Art of War. In this literature lesson plan, 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.
Students study the art work of aboriginalists and create art work of their own to demonstrate an understanding of the art form. In this art lesson plan, students create 3D art and experiment with color combinations.
Students compare and contrast the ways in which human figures are portrayed in rock art made by ancient Native American artists and in the drawings and paintings of historic European and American artists. They use images to identify human characteristics and artistic intentions as influenced by cultural convention.
Learners explore different works of art by contemporary Canadian Aboriginal artists and express their cultural identity by creating a work of art. In this Canadian Aboriginal art instructional activity, students view Canadian Aboriginal art and view the techniques and effects used. Learners then create their own art from family photographs and momentos.
Combine art and literature to teach greater themes and symbolic meaning. Using the plan outlined in this resource, expose your class to the story "Zebra" by Chaim Potok, conduct discussions about social issues and nicknames, and ask individuals to sculpt animals from discarded materials. If you follow this plan, learners will read, write, present, and create!
Students explore the basic elements of Islamic art and create their own artistic calligraphy. In this Islamic art activity, students discuss calligraphy and watch a video about Islamic art. Students complete a response sheet for the video and an online text for the topic. Students work in groups to further their study of the Islamic art of calligraphy online. Students teach each other about the art, sketch an example of the Tughra, practice the Arabic alphabet, and create their own calligraphy.
Seventh graders design geometric art to learn about polygons.  For this polygon art lesson, 7th graders measure angles and sides to identify characteristics of congruent geometric shapes.  Students use Geometer's Sketchpad, compasses and protractors to create their art.
In this engaging activity involving close analysis of abstract expressionist art, your class members will not only discover more about artist Friz Scholder's Native American art, but they will also have the opportunity to consider important concepts of identity and our expression of ideas. Learners analyze and compare/contrast two of Scholder's pieces, write a story or poem based on a particular painting, and paint a self-portrait.
Students explore Japanese-American internment. In this World War II lesson, students view a PowerPoint lecture that features the art of Gaman and determine what the art reveals about the experiences of the interned Japanese-Americans.
Learners experience critiquing, analyzing, and comparing different works of art from different eras. They discuss how these works can or can't be considered a form of protest and assess how to evaluate their own judgments and values on the art work and it's relation to society.
Middle schoolers research the art of selected cultures. For this visual arts lesson, students compose essays after they conduct independent research on the art of a culture. Middle schoolers also create art proposals that feature the attributes of the art of the culture they study.
Create a visual art project about obesity. In this art lesson, 8th graders research and explain the importance of eating healthy and exercise. They document their eating habits in their journal and analyze it.
Sixth graders review three different types of boomerang shapes, use stencils to draw and cut out these, shapes and use various art materials and mediums to design their surfaces. They study boomerange history, art forms and how they were used.
Students examine and discuss the role of the Kimono in Japanese culture. They create Kimono Paper Weavings, Kimono Scratch Art, and Kimono Clay Sculptures.