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See the changes, controversy, and innovations that define postwar American art. The onset of the modern art era in American history is well-defined in this slide-show. You'll see how Abstract Expressionism shifted into conceptual, pop, and performance art.
Use drama techniques to recreate the story, Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse by Leo Lionni. They engage in problem-solving as they identify the roles they will fufill in their groups for the performance. This is a motivating way to connect literature to performing arts.
Students explore the relationship between the city and art, specifically: How art reflects, represents, and responds to the city., How art (or the lack of it) affects life in the city., and How the city provides unique opportunities for the creation and participation in various forms of art.
Students discuss the value of community art centers in an attempt to determine if current cultural trends warrant this form of entertainment. This lesson is a very valuable resource and can be enhanced by a field trip to a local art gallery.
Students demonstrate a comprehension and a tasteful appreciation of the creative and performing arts. They seek, experiments, and shares reactions of different forms of art. Students analyze and reflect on others' work. They recognize art as an important part of students' lives and as an important part of society. Students offer and accept positive/constructive feedback.
Second graders practice dance using different speeds of music and types of movement. In this dance instructional activity, 2nd graders view a clip of tap dancing and analyze the speed of music in coordinating with the speed of dance movements. Students complete a choreography and performance for the instructional activity.
Young scholars explore performing arts by completing a quiz. In this stringed instrument lesson, students identify the different instruments which belong in the family and view videos regarding their musical uses. Young scholars take an instrument quiz in which they identify parts of the instruments and how to properly care for them.
The classical arts have made a lasting impact on our society and your advanced learners get to find out why. The activity starts as the children create a list of the arts found in society, they discuss how these art forms impact their lives and define the differences between classical and popular art. Each small group is assigned an art form from the class list; they will research the history and social impact of that art form and present their findings using the art form as the presentation medium. The whole class takes on the role of art critic as they critically examine the effectiveness and artistic skill of each small group performance. Activity-based learning, based on classical art forms, fantastic!
Students use context clues to determine an understanding for vocabulary words in texts. In this vocabulary lesson plan, students recognize linguistic features in their readings to help them to figure out words.
Divali is the Hindu Festival of Lights. Upper graders explore cultural aspects of the festival and then create traditional labyrinth-style threshold art. They conduct research on the festival to better understand the significance of this important event.
Young scholars explore the folklore of different cultures. They put on a festival of the arts that celebrates the traditions of many cultures. To do so they are going to research myths, folktales, and traditional stories, then choose one to act out.
Young scholars study how elements of visual composition and group storyboards for a one-minute videotaped commercial.
Students view a film about theatres in Chicago. They discover how performing arts can be enjoyed by all ages and how one becomes involved in performing in theatre. They answer questions and discuss to end the lesson.
Students discuss major events in the 60's era including conflicts, culture, and history. Students also take a look at artists from this time and discover Pop Art. They then create their own portrait in the Pop Art style using Clarisworks Paint and Hyperstudio.
Use online dictionaries to define vocabulary words and create a visualization of word meanings through digital art. Middle schoolers go online to define assigned vocabulary words. They visualize the meanings of the words in photo software and create a digital art product.
Threshold art is a temporary art form practiced by Hindu people all over India. Your class can learn all about the goddess Lakshmi, the cultural significance of threshold art, and how to make floor paintings. First, they explore the geography and belief system in India. Next, they discuss how Hindu people worship through actions and watch a video describing the tradition of threshold painting. Finally, learners set out to make their own art.
Connect art to social issues with a extended inquiry project. Individuals or small groups select a social issue and a type of art to explore. They complete a KWL chart for both the social issue and the art strand and take time to create a work of art that reflects their findings. There is quite a bit of flexibility built into this project.
Explore nutrition through art using this resource. Learners create art work emphasizing a particular aspect of good nutrition. They use soup cans to display their art work and discuss the ways that advertising alters consumer habits.
What a wonderfully creative way to have your class create a class journal. Learners use a variety of materials to design an art journal using collages, drawings, and paintings. An interesting and motivating variation on traditional journals. 
Students explore the images in the "Garden Party" art piece. In this visual arts lesson, students view the "Garden Party" and identify the connections between their own lives and the painting. Students discuss the feelings the painting evokes.

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