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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.
Learners 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 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.