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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Young scholars 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. Young scholars perform a dance in a shadow line and critique their classmates afterwards.
Sixth graders analyze the primary force that drives a character's actions in a character analysis lesson. For this character analysis lesson, 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.
Use this artistic activity in a unit about word choice or as part of your ongoing vocabulary development routine. Helpful for both narrative and informational text, the approach prompts middle schoolers to create art from words to express meaning and connotation. Engage your artistic learners by honoring their need to create beauty as part of their learning.