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Grant Wood Mini-WebQuest and Report
The budding artists in your class will enjoy this WebQuest about Grant Wood, his life, and his work. After completing research about the biography and art of Wood, your artists write descriptions of six paintings and incorporate the information into a research report. They can illustrate an original report cover as well, tapping into their creative sides that just might be awakened after this project. Though it is designed for homeschooled kids, this activity will work in any class setting.
Midnight Ride of Paul Revere: Fact, Fiction, and Artistic License
Young scholars examine The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere. In this visual arts lesson plan, students study the historical significance of the event as they examine the Grant Wood painting and primary sources regarding the event.
Cover the art of American artist Grant Wood, with a handy slide show. Depicted are several of his famous all American pieces, biographical information, and an interesting fact. Did you know that Grant Wood painted camouflage on WWI army tanks?
Benton, Wood and Curry Artists of the Regionalism Movement
Young scholars examine vertical files of clippings, prints, museum brochures, etc. to find items that are interesting to them. They fill out one column of a three column sheet with Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood, and John Steuart Curry as the categories.
Seasonal Farm Landscapes
Students study landscape art and the changing seasons. In this seasons and art lesson, students study painting from Grant Wood using a PowerPoint presentation. Students take a field trip to a farm and then draw the landscape and color with tempura paints. Students then write a text to accompany their drawings. Students complete the same activity for each season of school. Students create a book of their season paintings.
Every Day Edit - Artist Grant Wood
In this everyday editing worksheet, students correct grammatical mistakes in a short paragraph about artist Grant Wood. The errors range from capitalization, punctuation, spelling, and grammar.
Fall Plowing: Drawing to Scale
Students explore coordinates and scale drawings. In this drawing to scale instructional activity, students discuss symmetrical and asymmetrical shapes, geometric, shapes and estimation of size. Students recreate a portion of a drawing using a Cartesian coordinate system.
Post Visit: Farm Landscape Book
Students observe a nearby landscape over the course of the school year noting the characteristics of each season. They explore the artwork of notable landscape artists and create original portfolios of landscape sketches, paintings and writings.
The Figure of Paul Revere. Romanticizing Colonial American History
Students compare paintings to make conclusions about American History in the Revolutionary War time period. Students share opinions concerning visual art. Other artwork can be used to entice inquiry as needed.
Writing Through Art
Examine the works of visual and performing artists with upper graders. Using the works, they identify the comparisons among the techniques used. They will also review the six traits of effective writing and keep a writing journal throughout the year to see their progress. Finally, they will work together to create fabric murals for display in their school.
Every Picture Tells a Story
Students examine the ways in which a work of art represents the culture or lifestyle of people living in a state. They analyze the back of the Iowa quarter and discuss how art reflects the time period in which it was created.
The Great Depression (1921-1941)
From the stock market crash of 1929 to the New Deal and FDR, this presentation covers it all. Examine the causes, effects, politics, and culture of the Great Depression. Images, block text, and embedded hyperlinks make this a great teaching tool for independent study or for lecture.
New! Utopia/Dystopia: The American Dream
American dream or American nightmare? Whether born in the USA or having come to America, we, the people of the United States, are prompted by a vision. Explore that vision through a series of materials and activities. Although designed as extension projects for gifted, self-guided learners, the materials and activities in this resource can be used to introduce a vision or unifying principle for a semester or year-long American literature course. The activities can also be easily adapted for group projects and the portfolio assignment can serve as a final assessment. A great packet that deserves a place in your curriculum library.
Individuals as Instruments of Change
How does one become a catalyst for change? What are the challenges faced by those who take a stand for change? What part do the arts play in cultural change? Using primary and secondary sources from the 1920s and 1930s, class members explore these questions and craft an essay that presents their reflections. The packet includes a brief plan but the real value is in the resources included. Provided are a resource list, a reflective essay writing assignment, rubric, and exemplary writing sample. In addition, templates for “Power Quotes,” historic events, famous people, significant art and architecture, education issues, fads, fashions, literature, music, and radio shows are provided.
The Greatest Educational Change America Has Ever Seen
Young scholars connect the symbols from the design of the United States Mint Fifty State Quarters Program to our country's history in this five-activity unit. The culture, unique heritage, and geography of the individual states are probed.
Wisconsin Landscape by John Steuart Curry
First young art historians will learn about the artist John Steuart Curry and his painting Wisconsin Landscape, then they'll get creative. The class will discuss the piece by answering nine observation questions, then they'll create their own art inspired by the piece as they work through seven different activities.
Beethoven's Sixth Symphony and the Expression of Feeling through the Arts
Here is an activity used originally to finish off a unit on country life and nature. It requires learners to have a basic understanding of harvest, rural life, and autumn. They'll use what they know to construct dance movements showing how they feel when they listen to Beethoven's Symphony No. 6. Some very helpful teaching tips are included.
Vessel Based On Art History Research
Students create a functional ceramic vessel inspired by the work of another artist from art history. A number of art history resources be provided as well as the Internet. They research outside of class for the written report.
Portraits, Pears, and Perfect Landscapes: Investigating Genre in the Visual Arts
Students define genre in the visual arts, particularly in Western painting and explain the differences between subject and genre. The genre of a variety of works of art is identified.
Follow the Leader: Line in the Visual Arts
Students explore line in painting and drawing and examine how it is defined in the visual arts. Recognizing line in the composition of a number of art works and how it affects these works of art is the focus of this lesson.