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What would it be like to restore modern works of art? By acting as modern art conservators, learners assess the first-hand difficulties faced in restoration efforts. In addition, they create modern art pieces from random materials. Then, they resume the role of art conservator to analyze their classmates' work and discuss preservation techniques.
Students discover how art auctions have become competitive after reading an article from The New York Times. Students voice their opinions about specific examples of modern art and create trading cards based on their research of particular modern art movements.
Pupils examine works of art and consider their emotional and monetary values, and consider high stakes bidding expected to take place over particular works of modern art by reading and discussing article, "An Auction Season of High Estimates, and Even Higher Risks." Students then research specific modern art movement and particular example of art from that movement, and create modern art trading cards featuring researched works of art.
Whether you are teaching an art class or world history class, this presentation will appeal to viewers' creative minds and receptive eyes. With brief explanations on Cubism, Expressionism, Surrealism, Dada, and Bauhaus as representations of the five central themes in early modern art, the slides let the vivid images of Picasso, Dali, and Matisse (among others) do the talking. The difference between classical and modern art is never clearer than within these slides.
Students explore the history and examples of Modern Art. In this Modern Art activity, students read background information about Modern Art and a biography of Andy Warhol. Students complete a criticism and aesthetics, art creation activities, and research the time period of the art period.
Students explore artistic design by creating pin wheel models in class. In this modern art activity, students examine historic art work of Van Gogh, O'Keeffe and Mondrian before emulating their work on construction paper. Students utilize their drawings to create pin wheel designs which they display on campus.
What a great activity. Kids create humorous ceramic character (heads) spikes to enliven a planter. Modern art is full of expressive and exaggerated forms and your class gets to create them out of clay. This would be a lovely activity to accompany a lesson on tall tales, modern art, characterization, or humorous expression. It will also help kids learn to relax and use art as a mode of expression, not just as realistic representation. 
See the changes, controversy, and innovations that define postwar American art. The onset of the modern art era in American history is well-defined in this slide-show. You'll see how Abstract Expressionism shifted into conceptual, pop, and performance art.
Student groups create an art history timeline. They design collages to represent different periods of art throughout history, and recreate pieces from each era.
Students analyze the art of theatrical costumes and modern art designs. In this art analysis lesson plan, students compare two different designs for theatrical costumes by artists Oskar Schlemmer and El Lissitzky. Students complete image based discussion and three related activities.
Students explore the many art movements considered to exist in the realm of 'modernism.' students explore, in pairs, key elements of different modern art movements and design posters presenting their movements.
Pupils investigate what James Zemaitis does for a living based on his picture and discuss the history and function of Sotheby's auction house. Students then study the changing face of modern art auctions by reading and discussing the article "Dolls as Role Models, Neither Barbie Nor Britney." Finally, pupils research modern objects and interiors and design an item for a Zemaitis auction.
Students create interpretive sketches of modern art. In this art lesson, students review the color wheel and the colors used by Impressionists and Modern Artists. Students design a modern art piece and create a Guggenheim showcase art gallery of their art paintings.
Students consider what "modern" means and explore memories and opinions about the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. They design or renovate a local building for the 21st century.
Students design objects in the Museum of Modern Art's collection of simple machines. In this simple machines lesson, students explore the machine age in the MoMA's design collection. Students identify simple machines and the elements in creating innovative designs. Students complete image based discussions, geometric beauty activity, and tool activity.
Third graders are given the defining characteristics of the period of Art. They work in pairs to fill in worksheets imbedded in this plan describing the famous artists and works of the period. They create their own original work.
Students analyze the art of Jacob Lawrence. In this art analysis lesson, students examine a art from Jacob Lawrence. In this art analysis lesson, students complete image based discussion activities and two related activities.
A successful unit on art includes the subjects, goals, and messages of the works that are studied.
Ever wish you could experience the art found at MoMA in New York? Now you can provide your class with an app that explores how artists featured at MoMA use shape and line as a mode of creative expression. The art lab activities mock those found at MoMA and use an interactive app format to connect learners to pieces featured on-site at the museum.
Students create a piece of modern art. In this modern art lesson, students explore balance and composition while creating art influenced by Piet Mondrian. Students create the composition in Microsoft Word.