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Students create their own landscapes based on the topography of their region after studying the artwork of Cincinnati-based artist William Sonntag and other "Hudson River School" artists.
Dividing the art of the Antebellum period into several different genres, this vibrant presentation is sure to get your students' attention. It takes your students on a walk through an art museum with famous paintings, architecture, and sculptures, coupled with the patriotism that connects important events from American history.
Students use the methodology described by Prown (1982) to interpret paintings. They determine artistic, historical, and scientific content and develop an understanding of aspects of nineteenth century American culture. They study the paintings for their internal content and evidence.
Fifth graders study the artists and artwork of the Westward movement. For this Westward Movement lesson set, 5th graders examine the characteristics of the art of this era. They look at the lives of the artists and think about how the art affected the perception of the West.
In this online interactive American history worksheet, students answer 20 matching questions regarding reform movements. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Students are introduced to the romantic cultural movement in America. Reading examples of pictures of Washington Irving's home, they identify the characteristics of the movement. They view other paintings of artists from the same time period.
Young scholars study the similarities and differences between British and American painters located in the Musee' d'Orsay. In this art history lesson, students learn how to observe and analyze pieces of different art styles. Young scholars read passages of biographical information for the artists and study some of the works.
Thunderstorm On Narragansett Bay is an intriguing image, filled with ominous clouds and intrepid waters. Kids will write, use sensory detail, and sketch images filled with weather after discussing this fantastic painting.
Learners will need to discuss the Civil War to truly understand the painting Peace and Plenty by George Inness. They'll analyze the painting in terms of context, style, and technique. Then, they'll experiment with light and composition while creating a meaningful landscape, similar to Peace and Plenty. Note: There are some references to religion as the painting depicts spiritual themes which must be understood in order to understand the poignancy of the piece. 
Students research and map how various mining ventures have changed local geographies and populations. First they read the article provided--Examining the Environmental and Social Impact of the Mining Industry.
Learners create and design original sketchbooks and journals. Students explore a variety of words and images in their creations. Learners record observations, experiences, events and places to document a journey on the spot when they occur.
Students research different species of meat-eating animals in their natural environments to create a Carnival of Carnivores exhibit for their classroom.
Students examine paintings by Thomas Cole and Jasper Francis Cropsey as windows into American frontier life. They consider the pioneer's relationship with nature and the role of Native Americans in the pioneer's lives and settlements.
Students explore the American landscape during fall. In this autumn art activity, students look at paintings of fall and imagine themselves there and what it would be like. Students also build an understanding of the painters use of detail and color. Students then design their own leaf collage and participate in a leaf rubbing activity.
Fourth graders investigate the three regions of North Carolina using works of art.
Students create a stencil rendition of a landscape in this introductory instructional activity to the history of landscape art from the Renaissance to present day. A video is included to aid in the creative process.
Students examine seven different African-American artists. In groups, they use the internet to identify their contribution and techniques to the art world and examine the time period in which the artwork was produced. To end the lesson, they use the knowledge they have gathered to write a play or story.
A lot happened while Thomas Jefferson was in office. Review for your next big test on the Jefferson era by playing a great review game. Just like Who Wants to be a Millionaire, you'll answer 15 questions to reach the 100,000,000 dollar mark!
Learners review art history in the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. In this art history lesson, students discuss art vocabulary emphasizing landscape, portrait, and still life. They visit the museum and create their own pictures. 
Students analyze selected pieces of art and infer how they reflect a sense of disillusionment, and/or cynicism in American society in the aftermath of the Vietnam War and Watergate scandal. Then they identify and place cultural attitudes of recent generations of Americans within a historical context. Finally, students identify how art and/or literature and films mirrors a distrust, uneasiness, or cynicism from some Americans about how they view their government and its role.

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