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Students use their bodies to convey emotion, character attributes, and states of being. In this theater arts instructional activity, students use their body to help tell stories. Students follow verbal prompts with physical movement only.
Second graders practice dance using different speeds of music and types of movement. In this dance lesson, 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 lesson.
How do we come to view objects and artifacts as art? What terms and ideas do we associate with craft instead? The distinction between art and craft may be subtle, but has profound roots in art history and the development of western culture. Discover the transition that was made from the medieval world of craft guild statutes to the birth of Renaissance humanism and the practice of placing greater value on individual creativity. 
The ancient texts Ramayana and Mahabharata have spread throughout East Asia. They have become the basis for drama, art, and literary works for ages. Learners will watch a rod puppet performance of an Indonesian version of the timeless tale. Then, they will select and act out other scenes from this delightful story. Tip: Have younger learners make a text-to-text connection and list the traits of heroes and villains found in Ramayana and modern day comics.
Introduce young readers to the comprehension strategy of visualizing by asking them to think about a place that makes them happy. After illustrating or using words to describe this place, the class moves on to an interactive game using an interactive whiteboard. Scripted directions and links are included.
With this interactive and engaging app, your class members have the opportunity to play the role of museum curator, historian, puzzle solver, and most of all, art lover! From ancient Egypt to the early twentieth century, young learners can unlock art to add to their unique galleries by first testing their art history knowledge, and then piecing together images of some of the most renowned and celebrated works.
Learners 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 examine pictures of owls in order to create their own. In this art lesson, students design their own owls using three separate types of patterns. Finally, the students share their images and complete a worksheet about owls.
Students explore body movement.  In this shapes and dance instructional activity, students demonstrate body movements and positions that resemble simple shapes.  Students read I Spy Shapes in Art by Lucy Micklethwait and choose shapes from the book to "build" with their bodies.  Students generate choreography and record their "shape" dances.
Learners study how elements of visual composition and group storyboards for a one-minute videotaped commercial.
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.
Students brainstorm the many uses of food rather than eating it. Using the internet, they research museums to find pieces of art made out of food. They plan, design and create a dried food centerpiece and present their creation to the class.
Students investigate a variety of African mask types, design several masks, and create an example of an African ceramic mask in this 5th grade through High School Art activity. The activity can take anywhere from 6 lessons to 16 lessons.
"Ballad for Americans" was a song written for performers participating in the Federal Arts Project, during The Depression. Learners will analyze the lyrics of the song and then create informational posters about other Federal Works Projects, such as the CCC and FPW. They will also get a chance to perform their own version of the song.
Young historians take a look at how the Indian tribes of California promoted a mindful relationship between people and the land. They begin to understand how the Indians were champions of conservation, and at preserving the natural landscape in which they lived. After viewing many photographs and paintings of Native Americans in their natural habitats, pupils are asked to create their own piece of art that shows themselves interacting with their natural environment. A beautiful lesson which should enhance your young scholars' image of the natural world.
Patterns are everywhere, in stories, music, math, and art! Little ones explore pattern and rhythm through a series of focused activities. They analyze several Van Gogh paintings, read a pattern-rich story, participate in rhythmic clapping games, and color the scaly patterns on a snake.
Students explore Aboriginal storytelling traditions through the spoken word and through visual culture. They listen to stories of the Dreamtime told by the Aboriginal people and investigate Aboriginal storytelling in contemporary dot paintings.
Turn your young artists into great marketing specialists with this fun lesson plan! They will turn ordinary soup cans into exciting choices for dinner by recreating the can label. This is a fantastic project to connect art, advertising, and nutrition! 
The music of the Harlem Renaissance can provide a way for students to learn about musicians like Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong.

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