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'Colors Grow' Booklet, Part 2
Second graders create the pages to their color booklets as they use the marbling technique. They'll discuss cool and warm color schemes and express the colors of the sun and water by marbling paint. Note: This is part two to a three-part lesson, but it can be used as a stand-alone lesson.
Marble Action Paintings
Young scholars examine paintings by Jackson Pollack. They define new vocabulary associated with painting and compare them with other styles of art. They create their own piece of art to share with the class.
Prints and Drawings in Contemporary Inuit Art
Students examine the contemporary Inuit prints and drawings in the National Gallery of Canada’s collection. For this contemporary Inuit art lesson, students look at work from 5 different areas, investigate Inuit printmaking, and make a print of an animal.
Visual Arts Sculpture, wood art,
Explore the development of wood art. In this art history lesson, students study the art work of Gary Stevens. They describe, analyze, and derive meaning from the art they see. They then write a theory about the artist's purpose for the work of art and support their answer with reasonable personal opinions.
Miriam Schapiro Action Figures Collage
Students create a background with a marbling technique. They plan and create a figure from assorted papers, mixing solids and patterns. Students glue the figure to the background, and embellish negative space with glitter.
The Pietá by Michelangelo Buonarroti
Why is arts education so important? It builds critical thinking, analysis and creative problem-solving skills. Learners review the life of Michelangelo Buonarroti, and then analyze his piece, The Pieta. After that, they'll sculpt a human figure from three different perspectives to better understand shifts in light and scale in art composition.
Seeing Art in Historical Context: An Activity to Promote Visual Literacy
Learners consider works of art in their historical context. In this art in historical context lesson, students are encouraged to think about and record their prior knowledge of the historical period and to make inferences about the artist's circumstances and possible intent. Writing prompts are provided for essay writing activities.
Dempsey and Firpo by George Bellows
Can sports become art? Eighth graders take a look at a painting that depicts two boxers in the ring. They discuss the artist's choice of subject and the history behind the fight. Focusing on the strength found in the painting, they sketch and then paint an image that also depicts human physicality and power when engaged in athletic competition.
Prints and Drawings in Contemporary Inuit Art
Learners view prints of contemporary Inuit art and create a stencilling art piece. In this Inuit art instructional activity, students view a slideshow of Inuit art and write stories for the images. Learners discuss the stories and art's effect. Students brainstorm about a heroic experience they've had and write a short story about it. Learners then complete a stenciled art piece for the story.
Storytelling: Using the Arts to Enrich the Curriculum...
Learners explore the art of storytelling and stories from various cultures. Students experience Japanese and Chinese culture as well as Greek mythology. Learners create and present their own Greek mythology topic to the class.
Storytelling: Using the arts to enrich the curriculum
Students examine storytelling in a cross curricular unit. Language arts, social studies, science and math are all incorporated in this project as well as technology through the use of Hyperstudio.
Students construct butterflies from friendly plastic for a Holocaust Museum in Houston. In this visual art lesson, students honor children of the Holocaust by making butterflies.
Interpreting Works of Art: The Compare and Contrast Method
Students practice observing and analyzing two works of art. They describe the elements and principles, subject matter, history and mediums of two works of art. Use a compare and contrast strategy to interpret the meaning of two works of art.
Roman and Early Christian Art
Third graders explore pattern, texture, balance, symmetry as they examine Roman and Byzantine art in the four lessons of this unit. Details of the major art works studied are placed into a booklet for presentation to the class.
Little Prince Planet, Part 2
Let's continue the fun with art and literacy in Part Two of the two-part lesson on symbolism and the story, The Little Prince. The class continues their discussion of symbolism in literature and art, as they paint the paper mache world they've created. They use polymer clay to sculpt an inhabitant for their planet, and then write an additional chapter for The Little Prince which includes a visit to the planet they have created. Note: See Additional Materials for a link to the first part of the lesson.
Lesson Plan: Symbols & Community
Sand mandalas are transitory art forms that are created by a group for the purpose of healing. Upper graders learn how Tibetan monks create these amazing works of art, and study symbolism and metaphor. Then pupils work together in a series of community building activities before collaboratively creating their own work of art.
Color Values and the Hungry Caterpillar
Get ready art teachers, here is a cute and creative way to teach little ones about analogous colors. They'll use clay to mix several shades of green, using blue, green, and yellow. They'll use their analogous greens to create little caterpillars, which they will hang on to as they read the popular book, The Hungry Caterpillar. Tip: extend this to a science lesson on states of matter by melting analogous crayon chips onto a drawing of a caterpillar.
An A-maze-ing Skateboard Park
Seventh graders design a skateboard park. They make a model of their design, working to make the model visually appealing. Students test their ramps and skateboard paths with marbles. The tricky part of the assignment is that the building must "fit" with the communities style.
What a wonderful way to meld art and culture! Learners create art work in the Suminagashi style using this detailed lesson plan. This art form, which is Japanese in origin, employs ink to create beautiful results. This will be a hit with your class.
Lesson: Skin Fruit: Ideas of Empathy in Janine Antoni's Work
Kids get artistic as they explore the impact of art materials, sculpture, and performance. They discuss the work of Janine Antoni and then create a performance piece that reflects social or global issues they feel strongly about. The end result should be an empathetic, thoughtful, and highly engaging experience for the entire class.