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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Budding art enthusiasts learn to paint a sparrow using the Lingnan traditional style. They follow each careful instruction, to create beautiful Chinese style works of art. Tip: Link this activity to a larger unit or lesson on art history, art styles, calligraphy, or Chinese culture.
It's always great to have a culturally enriching art project ready when you need one. Here are the instructions needed to teach children how to paint a lotus flower using traditional Chinese brush strokes. The activity would pair nicely with any lesson on Chinese art, Buddhism, or calligraphy. Tip: Hold a culture night at school, this art project would make a great booth activity. 
Physical exercise is the focus in this 4-H experience. Students engage in a series of activities involving taking a hike.
A lesson on photo analysis, compare and contrast, and an art project are here for the taking. Fourth graders analyze photographs of gas stations from now and from the past, focusing on how the cars and building designs are a form of art. They use pastels, crayons, markers, or watercolor to re-tint and re-design one of the gas station images.
We all love having a great project to send home for Mother's Day. Here, the class will discuss repetition, pattern, and texture found in Van Gough's Starry Night, then they will create a collage using each of the discussed elements of art. They'll create rubbings of their collages and then paint them with a resist technique. A great end result; perfect for mom.
Learners practice mirroring human moves by performing a dance in class.  For this physical education lesson, students utilize different spaces around them to perform a dance expressing their full motion.  Learners cooperate in pairs or small groups to perform their dance.
Students discover the movements possible in their own body by performing dances in class.  In this physical education lesson, students define several key terms related to dancing which will help them follow instructions.  Students practice dance choreography then perform their dance solo in front of classmates.
Third graders recognize a round in singing groups and apply to choreography movements.  In this rounds lesson, 3rd graders memorize movements with songs at specific places.  Students perform a three part round.
Kids explore music, history, culture, and literature in a multi-faceted lesson plan. They discuss how both historical and cultural contexts shape music, art, and literature, and then apply these concepts as they engage in a listening activity. They hear the story Drummer Hoff and listen to a related piece of music. When they hear the character they have been assigned, they beat a unique rhythm on an Orff instrument. 
Students act out the different stages of a trees life cycle. They draw the life cycle of a tree. Students perform in front of their peers. Students also describe the shape and colors of b=various leaves.
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.
Learners explore the different themes and strategies of dancing by performing in class.  In this physical education lesson, students practice moving specific joints and muscles as they train to perform a dance.  Learners perform a dance in a shadow line and critique their classmates afterwards.
Third graders investigate the use of lines in different pieces of art by creating their own ink print.  In this art analysis lesson, 3rd graders identify the contours and lines of natural objects such as twigs and leaves. Students trace one of these objects in order to create a "plate" which they can utilize in an ink print.
Sixth graders analyze the primary force that drives a character's actions in a character analysis activity. In this character analysis activity, 6th graders analyze how characters present their actions and participate in a group activity carting an action to fulfill objectives. Students analyze the character objectives in a nursery rhyme and perform the rhyme.

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