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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.
Young scholars study landscape art and the changing seasons. In this seasons and art lesson, students study painting from Grant Wood using a PowerPoint presentation. Young scholars 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. Young scholars complete the same activity for each season of school. Students create a book of their season paintings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.