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Learners formulate a definition of art in the introductory lesson for a unit on various art forms. The learning emphasis is placed on Oregonian artist Duff Severe and reflective writing. Students compose an essay describing various art forms and mediums. Three full activities, video links, and web resources are included.
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.
Examine the contributions of African-Americans in the worlds of art and literature. Over the course of a few days, young scholars will read and analyze a poem, a short story, and a piece of art. They complete a range of comprehension-building activities, including writing poetry based on their reflections, comparing different people groups through a graph, and creating a class mural.
Oh those awesome ancient Egyptians! Kids hit the books for an art analysis lesson. They research the art, culture, and beliefs of ancient Egyptians in regard to their use and creation of mummy cases. They write a compare and contrast essay that focuses on written versus visual information. They then create a mummy case that represents their personal beliefs. The resource includes tons of great images!
Art history is a wonderful topic that bridges time, context, history, and artistic expression. Help your class understand how to carefully look at an artist and his work by using this fun project. Pupils make a brochure or a price list providing biographical information on Pieter Bruegel the Elder, his works, and his artistic style. Resource links are included for each project.
Combining art, music, dance, and reading comprehension, this lesson is geared to reach all ability levels. After reading a variety of fables and discussing story elements and character traits, class members select a moral to use as the basis of their own fable about two characters, one with foibles and one without. Your fabulists then collaborate on a class mural, a music composition, and a dance which reflect the traits of characters in their stories. Document it all on a class website.
Middle schoolers practice evaluating art by creating a research project and presentation. They use the Internet and library to discover a piece of art or artist whom they feel has an impact on the world of art. Next, they create a PowerPoint, written or oral presentation to demonstrate their knowledge of the subject they have chosen.