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Why was the prominent figure of Mary, the mother of Jesus, in medieval paintings commonly painted out of proportion? Discover the deep religious roots connected to European medieval art beginning in the sixth century. This video offers a brief, yet fascinating, look into the draw of Christianity at the fall of Rome, and the consequential transition away from a focus on physical beauty toward a more permanent, metaphysical beauty.
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.
Sixth graders create journal entries from the point of view of Roman identities during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. They discuss the legacies of Roman art and architecture, technology, science, literature, language and law. They investigate how earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, and floods change human and wildlife habitats.
Students discuss the Mimetic theory and design a still life design in linoleum block. In this Mimetic theory lesson, students discuss the importance of realism in art and research Greek and Roman art forms from which the Mimetic philosophy comes. Students then design a still life design in linoleum block and give vocal criticism of their work.
Students investigate some the ways art has responded to conflict throughout history. Through teacher lecture and demonstration, students witness the historical background of a piece of artwork and how it reflects the conflict it represents. Students create their own piece of artwork to illustrate what September 11, 2001 meant in terms of US history.
Students examine literary arts. In this Greek mythology lessons, students read Greek myths and select characters from the myths to study. Students create watercolor illustrations of the characters, write short stories about the characters, and then compare and contrast archetypes.
Roman architecture was not just beautiful, it was a feat of master engineering. Learners will look at the construction of ancient Roman buildings with vivid images and diagrams of architectural engineering. The presentation follows Roman art and architecture from ancient times, as well as how it has been used in modern construction.
Here is an amazingly thorough, and detailed, lesson plan on elements of art and art appreciation. Designed for third graders, this series of lessons should open up the eyes of your charges to the wonderful world of art that is all around them every day. The four main topics are: art appreciation, elements of art, relevance of art, and original art. Fantastic activities and hands-on art projects are embedded in this fine plan.
Sixth graders focus on the use of geometry when creating art. They begin to see the array of geometric concepts in works of art and architecture. Learners engage in visual art and architecture activities in order to further their understanding of the connection between geometry and art. This two-week series of lessons would be worthwhile to use with your class.
Kids become mini-experts on the Mannerist movement and the art of El Greco. They identify common elements of El Greco paintings and compare them to a work by Thomas Hart Benton. They use four ways to examine art taken from the book, "Looking at Pictures" by Susan Woodford to help them analyze the paintings. A good lesson with a lot of great extension ideas.