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Students construct three dimensional self-portraits. In this visual arts lesson, students use clay to create a self-portrait. Students make the clay and discuss their self-portrait.
Illuminate your playground with chaulk images. Young aratists use the web to research the work of Keith Haring. Groups then design their own piece of visual art and recreate their images on the school sidewalks of blacktop.
Students identify different kinds of narratives used in a number of artworks. They discuss the artist's us of compositional elements to further the story and/or convey a message within a work of art.
Students identify different kinds of narratives used in a number of art works, discuss artist's use of compositional elements to further the story and/or convey a message within a work of art, and explain relationship between composition and content in a number of works of art.
Students use guiding questions in order to complete lesson objectives. They identify the repetition of art works and how the concept is used to create a unified composition. Also the choices of an artist are explained for their importance.
Students identify line in the composition of a number of art works. They explain how the artist's compositional choices guide the viewer's eye to important components of the image. Students identify sight lines in several paintings and explain how they influence direction. They discuss ways in which the compositional structure of a painting effects the tone of the painting, or communicates information or emotional content to the viewer.
Learners discuss the subject and meaning of examples of visual art. They analyze various paintings found on the Metropolitan Museum of Art website, answer discussion questions, complete online interactive activities, and write an essay.
Learners learn a lot about each other with this child-to-child interview and art project. In this early childhood language arts activity, students use critical and creative thinking skills as they conduct interviews with their classmates.
Differentiate between the various genres in the visual arts world, particularly in Western painting. Your class can view and discuss, in small groups, paintings published on the National Galleries website. Then each student individually identifies genres of paintings in an online exercise.
What is Conceptual art? How do artist choose a medium in which to work? Why do artists work in specific mediums? Welcome your learners to the world of visual arts with a unit-long examination of the work of conceptual artist Jonathon Keats. Class members read about Keats and his study on phylogenetic trees, watch a video of his art, and discuss the history of conceptual art. Individuals then select a piece of art to analyze. Included are a rich assortment of resources and links.
8th graders engage in an interdisciplinary lesson about advertising through integration with music, science, mathematics, visual art, drama-theater, and language arts. They write advertising jingle lyrics in English language arts or music class and compose the music for their jingles in music class to market original products that they create in science class. Tip: This concept can be adapted to a variety of scenarios.
Students explore the work of David Ireland. In this visual arts lesson, students watch a video segment about artist David Ireland, study images of his conceptual art pieces, and create their own conceptual art pieces.
Students create their own paintings. In this visual arts lesson, students explore organic shapes in nature by creating them. Students will use chalk, oil pastels and paint to create their own organic shapes.
Eighth graders create artwork that invokes fear. In this visual arts lesson, 8th graders analyze the painting "The Scream," by Edvard Munch. Students then replicate Munch's work as they create their own artwork.
High schoolers explore surreal art and poetry. In this visual arts lesson, students examine works by André Breton, Robert Desnos, Salvador Dalí, and Joan Miro. High schoolers then apply the techniques in the works they analyze to their own poetry.
Students study the work of American scene painter Charles Burchfield. In this visual arts lesson, students research the nature paintings of Burchfield and then paint their own watercolor scenes in his style.
Students work with patterns. For this pattern lesson, students find AB patterns in nature and the manmade world. They create their own AB pattern using math manipulatives and visual arts.
Learners relate the facial muscle location with a person's expressions. In this visual arts lesson, students write a fictional story about a character. They use digital cameras and computer softwares to create an animation film about it.
Students demonstrate an understanding of art terms and concepts by analyzing and interpreting visual art forms that are paintings from world cultures. They practice art criticism after working on vocabulary.
Third graders recreate the solar system. In this visual arts lesson, 3rd graders use compasses to draw planets and use oil pastels to color their rendition of the solar system.