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Art and Politics
Students analyze the work of three artists whose art work illustrates important political and social events. In this art analysis instructional activity, students analyze the art of Jasper Johns, Charles Moore, and Andy Warhol. Students complete image based discussion and three related projects.
Importance of American Flag in American Literature
Betsy Ross - fact and myth. As an introduction to American Literature, class members become detectives and search web sites to find information about the flag, prominent places it has been displayed (on the moon, at ground zero, in films, etc.), and treatment of the flag. A photo montage and a quiz are mentioned but not included.
All the World's a Stage
Students analyze effective story-telling and literary techniques used by playwright George Stevens, Jr. in the play 'Thurgood.' Students illustrate how past events have shaped their own lives by drawing a Lifeline of points in their lives, identify the literary devices used by George Stevens to depict the life of Thurgood Marshall on stage, and generate a Lifeline for a significant person from history, science, the arts or sports. Students adapt the Lifeline to the stage.
Young scholars analyze three dimensional art that uses a variety of materials and is part of Minimalist art. In this art analysis lesson, students explore artists' choices for materials and their use of space. Young scholars complete image based discussion and four related activities.
Transforming Everyday Objects
Students analyze Pop artists and their art. In this art analysis lesson, students consider the choices and mediums Pop art artists Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, and Jasper Johns. Students make connections between culture and art by completing image based discussion. Students research prints and multiples created by Pop artists in the 1960s. Students select an everyday object and create a nontraditional self-portraits.
Pastel Number Design and Number Sentencing
First graders discover artists who used numerals in their artwork. Using chalk pastels, they experiment with what the medium can do to a new piece of art. They review warm and cool colors, the concept of overlapping and how to use stencils. They practice adding number sentences as well.
The Art of Making Letters
Students explore letter formation through art. They analyze and discuss Jasper Johns letter paintings, and create the letter strokes using various colors and torn paper.
HIDE/SEEK: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture
Visual arts lessons don't always mean the children need to make art. Here, they will practice using their visual literacy skills to analyze four images through the compare and contrast method. The first two images deal with gender identity and portrait art, the second two utilize geometric parts to create a whole. Both sets of images are interesting and are sure to inspire great classroom discussions.
Gora Mbengue, "Al-Buraq"
Young art enthusiasts will create an imaginative animal painting, write a story, and hold a storytelling conference. Next, they research the inspiration of one piece of politically charged art. These three fun activities are inspired by the Sufi artist Gora Mbengue. Interesting background information on the artist, his philosophy, and art is included to kick-start these activities.
Emblems of the Land I Love
Students explore the histories of American patriotic emblems and examine ways in which patriotic artworks use these emblems to reflect the ideals that they embody.
Ambassadors of Art
Have your class create their own art exhibit. Learners study the exchange of artwork between the Louvre in Paris and two American art museums, and create an introductory exhibit featuring European and American art from the Renaissance through the 20th century. Before embarking on this lesson, check the materials list to make sure you are prepared.
Discovering Dynamic Decades
Tenth graders prepare a report on the social, cultural, and political elements of the 40's and 60's. They interview their parents and grandparents and conduct additional research. They prepare PowerPoint presentations comparing/contrasting the two eras.
Who was Andy Warhol? According to this slide show, he was one of the most famous artists in the world. Share a biographical, image-rich presentation as you cover the life of the grandfather of pop art. Note: This presentation would make a good example for learners to use as they set out to research other famous artists.
Mapping National and Geographic Identity
Students analyze geographic maps. For this map analysis lesson, students analyze the symbols in geographic maps and the impact of cultural, historical, and political concepts. Students compare and contrast maps in various mediums by artists from varying backgrounds. Students complete image based discussion and related activities.
Peter Max Style Ties
Here is a rare example of an art lesson plan which can be used K - 12. Learners view prints of Pop artists. They discuss Pop artists such as Andy Warhol, and Peter Max. They cut tie shapes out of oak tag, and design ties in Pop art style. This would be a great lesson plan to utilize right around Father's Day.
Emblems of the Land I Love
Students explore the histories of American patriotic emblems and examine ways in which patriotic artwork uses these emblems to reflect the ideals that they embody. They find a common or popular patriotic image and design a modern version of that image.
Chance (Probability) Operations in Dance Composition -
Eighth graders investigate modern-dance choreographer Merce Cunningham's historically significant contribution to dance-making history. Specifically, 8th graders explore and practice Merce Cunningham's choreographic use of chance operations (probability), through kinesthetic and movement exploration.
Learners create a dance about being blind. In this dance lesson plan, students read about creating a dance and then complete various activities where they take classes, complete an improve, and performing their dances.
Students analyze the folk art 'Flag Gate' and complete analysis activities it. In this art analysis activity, students complete analysis of the folk art using the careful looking questions, discussion questions, and context questions. Students may also complete activities for the activity.
Abstraction-Critique of Art
Learners apply a four step critique process as they observe and make personal decisions about abstract artworks.