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50 resources with the keyterm creative expression

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Lesson: Before You Go...Travel Recommendations from the Experts!

For Teachers K - 5th
Here is a lesson that sounds like a lot of fun. Kids discuss the artistic elements and motives for the painting, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. To get the scope and scale of this oversized masterpiece, they use butcher paper and the...
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The Importance of Initiation

For Teachers 6th - 12th
The four-faced Hamat'sa mask is the inspiration for a lesson on ceremonial art and the process of initiation. The class examines images of the piece, then discusses how the mask represents ceremonial initiation. They get imaginative when...
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Lesson: Lauren Kelley: Icon Identity

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Barbie gets a makeover, but not the type you may be thinking of. Critical thinkers explore social norms, storytelling, sexual and racial identity through art. They view the short animated film, Big Gurl, discuss how Barbie was altered...
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Lesson Plan: Finding Your Path

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Our art often reflects who we are as individuals and as part of a larger community. The painting Hopi Eagle Dancer reflects the history and culture of the artists who created it. Critical thinkers analyze the piece and then compose a...
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Lesson Plan: A Bird's Tale

For Teachers K - 5th
Who wouldn't love to get a letter from a blue bird? Elementary art enthusiasts analyze the social and historical context of Ason Yellowhair's Navajo piece, Bird and Cornstalk Rug. They examine the construction and images on the rug...
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Costume Exploration

For Teachers 10th - 12th
What a great lesson plan, upper graders are sure to love. They explore costume design and the relationships between theatre, culture, and history. They research three time periods, write a response about two of them, then create a...
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Picasso and Beyond!

For Teachers 6th - 8th
After reviewing the life and art of Pablo Picasso, learners set out to create abstract, cubist, relief portraits. They'll draw, color, paint, and cut out portraits just like the ones Picasso created. The lesson is extremely well written...
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Lesson: A Special Place

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Everybody has a special place they like to go. I hang out on top of the fridge, for example. Upper graders analyze the painting Mountain Lake, in terms of technique, style, and imagery. They then write or draw a place that expresses...
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Lesson: The Gift of Giving

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Giving gifts has been a part of the human experience since modern man walked the earth. Upper graders explore the culture of gift giving in Mayan times through an artistic analysis. They analyze gift giving and palace life as seen on an...
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Shadows & Light, Science & Puppetry

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Lights, shadows, action, and inquiry await your artistic scientists. They explore the way light travels, absorbs, reflects, and transmits through shadow play. They create folktale-inspired shadow puppets, explore the science of light,...
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The Wonderful World of Escher

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Bridging art and math can be as easy as making tessellations. The art, context, and life of M.C. Escher is explained to the class, as is the concept of tessellations. After a bit of art history, pupils get out the ruler, tape, and...
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A Musical Composition Experience

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Upper graders having skills in music performance will extend their abilities through creative musical composition. They'll use Finale 2000 to explore facets of music composition, they'll then compose a piece for their instrument in C, F,...
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3-D Texture Painting (Impasto)

For Teachers 5th - 9th
A neat art project is on the horizon. Your class can experience impasto, or textured painting with this expressive art lesson. They design and then paint using the impasto technique. This is done by mixing toilet paper into the paint....
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Strega Nona: Retell Song Lyrics

For Students K - 2nd
Need a fun way to retell a great story? Here are song lyrics that retell the Tomi De Palo classic, Strega Nona. There are two songs, the first tells the story of Strega Nona (sung to the tune of "Are You Sleeping?") and the second warns...
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Sponge Painting Flowers

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Explore the shapes and colors of spring with a flower themed painting project. Included here are a list of materials and the instructions needed to execute an art instructional activity on sponge painting flowers. Tip: Use in conjunction...
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Plaster Face Mask

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
The process may be difficult, but the end product will be worth it. Kids will love creating these plaster masks made from their own faces. If they can sit still long enough, they can become the model for their own masks. All the steps,...
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Humourous Head Planter Spike: Ceramics Lesson

For Teachers K - 8th
What a great activity. Kids create humorous ceramic character (heads) spikes to enliven a planter. Modern art is full of expressive and exaggerated forms and your class gets to create them out of clay. This would be a lovely activity to...
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How to Paint a Picture of a Tree

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Need some inspiration for a painting? Watch this video to learn how to paint a tree. What a great, step-by-step demonstration!
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Graffitti

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Here is a fun way to encourage a cooperative classroom, drawing skills, and creative expression. Each child draws a design or shape on his paper, then he rotates to the next child's paper where he adds to the previous design. When the...
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Critical and Creative Expression

For Teachers 8th
Budding musicians discuss African culture and the musical term, polyphony. The lesson is broken into several tables that help identify pattern, rhythm, harmony, and melody. A question sheet is also included.
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Tissue Paper Dye Painting

For Teachers K - 2nd
Use tissue paper squares to create collage art. Young artists discuss colors as they place and glue each piece of tissue on the paper. Tip: Cut out large basic shapes instead. Have the class create images using the tissue shapes (robots...
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Hand Vase: Ceramics

For Teachers K - 3rd
Ceramics can be a wonderful medium. The class creates fun and funky hand shapes vases inspired by Aboriginal art forms. This would be a great project to do just before Mother's Day. 
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Wandering Ink Drawings

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Kids explore how they can go with the flow and be flexible when they encounter "happy accidents." They use ink and watercolor to create flowing and unplanned art pieces. 
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Monet and Impressionism

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Monet is a great artist to study and impressionism is a wonderful art style to practice. Learners read about Monet then attempt to use impressionist painting techniques. Book and image links are included.