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Kids take a look at mosaics found in ancient Rome, then they use highly geometric patterns to make their own fabulous pots. They use the patterns to adhere tiles onto a clay pot for an authentic Roman mosaic look. Tip: Make it math applicable and have the class determine angles, measure spaces, and then figure out the diameter and circumference of their pots.
Students identify visual arts by identifying famous artwork on-line. In this sculpture instructional activity, students utilize the web to research popular sculptors and to see a video interview with Keith Haring. Students utilize paper, cardboard, markers, pencils and paper clips to create their own sculptures which they display around school.
Students explore the importance of cave paintings as the first examples of visual art in the Western Hemisphere. They compare examples of cave art to modern art pieces, discuss the lives of cave painters, create their own animal drawing in the cave painting style and write a story about cave art in this seven part mini-unit.
Students examine the concepts of geometry used by Paul Goble in his book Adopted By The Eagles. After analyzing Mr. Goble's work they create an original piece featuring symmetry, pattern, repetition, and other principles of geometry. Students design their project around a natural setting of their choice.
Students investigate visual arts by researching art on the Internet. In this expressionism lesson, students identify several famous artworks on-line based on self expression and discuss the techniques. Students examine steel sculptures and create their own sculptures utilizing arts and craft materials.
Students create a paper sculpture based on ancient Greek and Roman statues in the Getty Museum. For this paper sculpture lesson plan, students read the story The Mysterious Giant of Barletta by Tomie dePaola. They then make a sculpture based on the story and write a narrative story told from the viewpoint of their sculpture.
Youngsters create science journals which are used to record observations from the school garden. The goal of this activity is to help kids tune into nature by making daily observations on the growth of the plants, and also to take note of other plant and animal life they see in the garden. Note: The student observation sheets that are referred to in the lesson are not attached as files, but a teacher could create some.
Students view slides of and discuss the Mona Lisa and Leonardo daVinci. They record their ideas of the painting and make sketches of them, translating their ideas into art an form. Students then select a technique such as painting, sculpture, or collage to create their own impression of the Mona Lisa.
Students study the rise of landscape art throughout the 19th century and the specific features of the genre. In this landscape art lesson, students read the definition of landscape art and its precedence in the 19th century. Students study various examples and artists who painted landscape art.
Seventh graders study cave art and to learn about the importance of human expression in history. In this art history lesson, 7th graders study the characteristics of cave art and what the art reflected of the culture and time it came from. Students then make pictures in the same context as cave artists and write stories about what life was like for cave artists.