Modern Art Teacher Resources
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When Art's a Craft
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 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.
It's in the Cards
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.
It's in the Cards
Students 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.
Students 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, students research modern objects and interiors and design an item for a Zemaitis auction.
Illuminating Expressive Hues
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.
Art History-Renaissance to Modern Art
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.
Early Modern 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.
Going Places Safely
In this internet safety lesson, students discuss the rules for staying safe on the internet. By taking a virtual field trip, students experience how the Internet can take them to places they might not be able to visit in person. This lesson drives home the point that; just as when traveling in the real world, students should also follow safety rules when they travel online.
Modern Art Lesson Plans
Pupils explore the history and examples of Modern Art. For this Modern Art lesson, students read background information about Modern Art and a biography of Andy Warhol. Pupils complete a criticism and aesthetics, art creation activities, and research the time period of the art period.
Pinwheel Modern Art Styles
Students explore artistic design by creating pin wheel models in class. For this modern art lesson, 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.
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.
Young scholars 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. Young scholars identify simple machines and the elements in creating innovative designs. Students complete image based discussions, geometric beauty activity, and tool activity.
What is Conceptual Art?
Research, art history, and web page creation! Sounds too good to be true. With tons of links and resources, the lesson provides you with everything needed to engage the class in an amazing art and research activity. They create an art history timeline, research a conceptual artist, then create a website to display the research they've gathered.
Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe
Modern art is great to experience because it brings contemporary issues into everyday conversation. Upper graders consider the work of Mickalene Thomas, an artist that uses photo collage techniques to capture the beauty of African American women in today's society. They can engage in any of the three suggested activities as a way to build a better understanding and deeper analysis of this modern art. Images, discussion questions, weblinks, ELA, social studies, and art activities are included.
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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.
Rudyard Kipling's Rikki-Tikki-Tavi: Mixing Words and Pictures
Create meaningful illustrations to accompany stories in a web-based art and literacy lesson plan. The class takes a virtual "art safari" with the Museum of Modern Art and then discusses how illustrations contribute to meaning. Individuals write and illustrate a story about an animal that includes examples of fact and personification.
The Great Migration
What a terrific lesson plan! Have your class learn about immigration using this resource. Fourth graders discuss the Great Migration in Ohio through art, writing, and discussion. Afterward, they create a presentation in which they tell their families' story. Very engaging.
African Masks And Their Impact On Western Art
Explore the influence of African-style masks on Western art. Learners create individual masks using construction paper. They discuss and explore the techniques used to create these types of masks. The resource includes links to supplementary information and a vocabulary list.
Humourous Head Planter Spike: Ceramics Lesson
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.