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Sixth graders examine the renaissance period in history and explore various topics related to this time period.  In this renaissance activity, 6th graders recognize how the renaissance period changed the nature of society and consider how migration and cultural diffusion influenced other world societies. Students analyze economic ideas that had a major impact on world events and identify various artifacts related to the renaissance period.
Students explore, analyze, study and read a variety of poems and listen to jazz that have their roots in the Harlem Renaissance. They then discuss the similarities and differences of themes in the works of different poets and composers.
Students design a PowerPoint presentation to illustrate their understanding of portraiture art.  In this art history lesson, students gather information of portraits through history and discuss the artistic techniques used by making a multimedia presentation.
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.
Students examine and discuss work of Hungarian artist Victor Vasarely, recognize visual components of Op Art, compare traditional Renaissance perspective with Op Art's illusion of three-dimensional space, and create original painting that creates illusion of three dimensions.
Students 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 Italian Renaissance artwork. In this visual arts instructional activity, students examine "Madonna, Saint Thomas Aquinas, and Saint Paul'" by Bernardo Daddi. Students investigate the use of space, scale, and proportion in the work prior to researching the work of other Italian artists.
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.
In this Renaissance worksheet, students watch a Renaissance video and respond to 13 fill in the blank, 7 short answer, and 6 drawing questions.
Responding to a question on the Machiavellian principle of a ruler's need for power and ruthlessness, young historians are given writing tips and a framework for constructing a well-developed essay in 25 minutes. The given structure of the pre-writing, writing, and proofreading stages of a timed essay will be valuable for many different disciplines!
This simple textbook assessment begins with a series of five short answer questions on major ideas from the Renaissance and Reformation. Then, young historians use their knowledge of artistic styles and developments from the period to determine the origins of a particular piece of art.
Illustrator Siegfried Woldhek describes how he analyzed over 700 of Leonardo's works in order to determine an image of the face of the famed Renaissance man. Try flipping the lesson and adding your own assessment and discussion questions to focus on how Woldhek establishes his credibility in his presentation and his actual process of analyzing Leonardo's work.
Eighth graders explore symbolism in Renaissance art, use ceramics vocabulary, and demonstrate craftsmanship in working with clay.
Ninth graders explore the Renaissance. In this European history lesson, 9th graders research humanism and its implications in order to create posters that present its ideals.
Students investigate Zenale's painting Madonna and Child. In this art attributes lesson, students study the elements of the Madonna and Child painting and understand its meaning to the Catholic faith. Students then create a painting that represents their class.
Learners investigate different painting techniques by studying classic works of art.  In this art history lesson, students observe the famous Madonna and Child with Saints painting and describe the texture and images they notice.  Learners create their own texture collage using fabrics and materials brought by the teacher.
Learners look for visual attributes in art. For this art history lesson, 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.
Young scholars 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. Young scholars 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. Young scholars teach each other about the art, sketch an example of the Tughra, practice the Arabic alphabet, and create their own calligraphy.
Learners consider the importance of arts programs in public schools, explore the disparities in arts programs in the New York City school system.
Students create an original pop-art repetitive portrait based on a study of life and work of Andy Warhol. They are told that Andy Warhol, was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Students discuss how Warhol used everyday objects and images of famous people as the subjects for his work.

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