Social Realism Teacher Resources
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New Review Social Realism
Examine social strife in art. Class members first observe some pieces, and then find an image to inspire their own art. They outline the picture, analyze the composition, make alterations, and color their work.
Students study the work of Petroushka by Paraskeva Clark and Millar Brittain’s, Longshoremen to find a contemporary image of social strife to bring to class. In this art analysis lesson, students complete art analysis activities to learn to look at the principles and elements of design and how they can be altered to enhance the message. Students discuss social realism and find an image online of social strife.
Discuss and share opinions on violent computer games. After reading an article, your class will discover the controversy surrounding online games. They analyze the suitability of computer games and write their own letters to a developer of an online game that has been labeled controversial.
Students research Depression-era art and WPA arts programs. They discuss the purposes of representational art, list topics that would make good representational art today, and produce a work of art representing a current theme.
In this online interactive reading comprehension learning exercise, students respond to 25 multiple choice questions about Faulkner's As I Lay Dying. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Learners read about the art of artist Chris Johanson. For this artist lesson plan, students read about this art and then complete various activities related to it. They learn about visual, written, and oral expression.
Students are introduced to the culture of African American art. Using the internet, they research the events surrounding the Harlem Renaissance and discover how it produced a wide variety of art and literature. To end the instructional activity, by analyzing different pieces of artwork by various artists to identify the political statement in the art.
Learners examine the history of Romare Bearden and her artwork. The lesson consists of some virtual field trips and projects. The lesson is designed to be taught as either a social studies or art lesson. The teacher could also teach this as a combo lesson.
Pupils create Faberge-inspired art objects, depicting events in modern Russian history since Peter Carl Faberge's death in 1920. Students research the life of Peter Faberge. They write a short biography explaining how he became an artist, how the commission for the first Faberge egg came about, and what impact the fame of these unique works of art had on his career.
Learners study the portrayal of children in art across the centuries. In this art history lesson, students explore how children are portrayed in images over the course of history. This lesson is meant to accompany a visit to the Musee d'Orsay in France, but can be completed with a virtual tour found on the website.
Students conduct a literature study of John Steinbeck's classic "Of Mice And Men". They write in reflection of the author's influence upon 20th century literature. Students take apart the story to focus class discussion upon major themes portrayed in the book.