2nd - 6th
Students research the artist Michelangelo. In this visual arts lesson, students review the work of Michelangelo, specifically the Sistine Chapel, and simulate the experience by creating a piece of art on paper under their desk.
Messages in Art Work
Observe images and discuss what messages they convey. In this critical thinking lesson plan, students determine whether works of art are trying to persuade their audience. They also consider the media and how they communicate messages to viewers.
Third graders learn the basic elements of art and develop an appreciation for art. In this ten-lesson unit, 3rd graders explore how to analyze art objectively, and try their hand at creating original art.
Creating Language Art: Vocabulary Development
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.
Ambassadors of Art
Have your class create their own art exhibit. Learners study the exchange of artwork between the Louvre in Paris and two American art museums, and create an introductory exhibit featuring European and American art from the Renaissance through the 20th century. Before embarking on this lesson, check the materials list to make sure you are prepared.
Rhythm, Patterns, Color and Texture in Art and Poetry
Explore rhythm, patterns, color and texture in art and poetry. In this poetry lesson, students perform a class symphony and note the elements they experience. Students work in small groups to create a visual art piece that relates the elements discussed.
Students study the artist Michelangelo and what it was like to paint the Sistine Chapel. They make paintings while lying on their backs under their desks.
Wherefore Art Thou, Art?
Young scholars analyze various perspectives on the controversial "Sensation: Young British Artists From the Saatchi Collection" art exhibit on display at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
In this online interactive history worksheet, learners respond to 7 short answer questions about the accomplishments of Michelangelo Buonarroti. Students may check some of their answers on the interactive worksheet.
Students discuss art and artists, and write responses to art. For this art analysis lesson, students write a personal definition for art, name an artist, and analyze one of his/her pieces of art. Students complete an ecphrastic poetry activity based on the art they analyze.
The Art of Violence
Violence and human suffering, as represented in art and film, are the focus of an investigation of the power of visual images and the moral implications of such representations. Class members examine “Guernica,” Pablo Picasso’s massive mural, read David Carr’s article, “Stalking Oscar, With Carnage and Mayhem,” and examine other artistic responses to violence. Individuals then create their own evocative work of art in response to a news article on violence or disasters.