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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.
“Romanticism aims at enlarging experience by exploring the real.” This excerpt from Jacques Barzun’s From Dawn to Decadence introduces a PowerPoint that examines the characteristics of and the major figures in music, art, and literature created during the Romantic Age. 
Students explore the social and cultural context of the Harlem Renaissance. Students take notes on post-it notes while watching videos about the Harlem Renaissance. Students define words used to describe African Americans during the nineteenth century and the Renaissance. Students complete topic-related handouts and write an essay for the lesson.
Student groups create an art history timeline. They design collages to represent different periods of art throughout history, and recreate pieces from each era.
In this Renaissance activity, students watch a Renaissance video and respond to 13 fill in the blank, 7 short answer, and 6 drawing questions.
Art may be something some students have to learn to appreciate, but there is always a lesson that can do this.
Students analyze a work of art from a variety of cultural perspectives, and give their own personal evaluation of the work.
Students research Albrecht Dürer and his paintings, and create a story based on one of his paintings. In this story and art lesson plan, students also create a painting of their own using the same technique that he did.
Being inspired by the art of Diego Rivera, young artists use fresco techniques to create art as a group. They research Rivera's life and art, then get into small groups to use wet plaster and acrylics to experience fresco painting. Multiple web links and helpful book suggestions are included.
Young scholars examine how Leonardo da Vinci exemplified the Renaissance period. They explore various websites, conduct Internet research, complete a chart, explore virtual da Vinci notebooks, and write an essay.
Students explore the basic elements of Islamic art and create their own artistic calligraphy. In this Islamic art lesson, students discuss calligraphy and watch a video about Islamic art. Students complete a response sheet for the video and an online text for the topic. Students work in groups to further their study of the Islamic art of calligraphy online. Students teach each other about the art, sketch an example of the Tughra, practice the Arabic alphabet, and create their own calligraphy.
Students consider the importance of arts programs in public schools, explore the disparities in arts programs in the New York City school system.
Students examine the role of the visual arts in relaying information about the values, beliefs, and everyday life of a society at a particular period of time, focusing specifically on artwork from the Renaissance period.
Eighth graders use modern materials and technology to create a modern portrait modeled after a Renaissance picture.
Eighth graders explore symbolism in Renaissance art, use ceramics vocabulary, and demonstrate craftsmanship in working with clay.
Students develop an elementary understanding of the history of art. They study the basic elements of a painting including perspective, composition, color, light and symbolism. They look at each selected painting and analyze it, moving from first impressions to a more detailed examination. to
Young scholars investigate Zenale's painting Madonna and Child. For this art attributes lesson, students study the elements of the Madonna and Child painting and understand its meaning to the Catholic faith. Young scholars then create a painting that represents their class.
Students investigate different painting techniques by studying classic works of art.  In this art history instructional activity, students observe the famous Madonna and Child with Saints painting and describe the texture and images they notice.  Students create their own texture collage using fabrics and materials brought by the teacher.
Students look for visual attributes in art. In this art history instructional activity, students look at different visual attributes and guess at the character they represent. They look at the painting Madonna and Child with Saints by Bernardo Zenale and find the visual attributes he created.
Introduce the art and sensibility of the Italian Rennaissance with a look at Madonna of the Chair by Raphael. Third graders will discuss their observations of the piece, and then create art inspired by Raphael. There are eight engaging activities that require learners to draw, paint, and write like the masters. Note: Because the painting is religious in nature it may not be appropriate for all school settings.  

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