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Modern Art and Ideas

For Teachers 7th - 12th
The Museum of Modern Art provides this educators' guide to Dada and Surrealism. Featuring the works of such artists as Jean Arp, Salvador Dali, Joan Miro, and Meret Oppenheim among others, the guide is ideal for art history and...
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Mind Your Mannerists-Understanding the Art of El Greco

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Kids become mini-experts on the Mannerist movement and the art of El Greco. They identify common elements of El Greco paintings and compare them to a work by Thomas Hart Benton. They use  four ways to examine art taken from the book,...
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Whose Afraid of Contemporary Art?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Have your class create original modern art sculptures. Learners analyze and discuss "The Profile," a sculpture by Martin Puryear. They work in teams to develop a proposal for a large outdoor sculpture in the community. Presentations...
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Night and Day: A Digital Art Lesson based on Monet's Rouen Cathedral Series

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Think about your favorite place ... now, think about what it looks like at different times during the day. How does the change in lighting affect the colors you see? Young artists explore the tools available in digital art software to...
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Art Press Tools

For Teachers K - 12th
Kids cast their own plaster tools to stamp image impressions and textures for tiles, pictures frames, and other works of art. Young artists can even create their own watermark to label their stuff.
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Painted Story Quilt

For Teachers K - 12th
Creating story quilts is a great way to combine art, social studies and literature. Kids select a story, a published one or one of their own, to illustrate, paint on a canvas square, embellish, and mount on a felt backing.
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The Birth of an Icon: Learning and Performing the Origins of the Drum Set and Early Jazz Drumming in New Orleans, Louisiana

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Bass drum, snare drum, tom-toms, cymbals. Perched behind their drum sets, wielding their drum sticks and wire brushes, drummers lay the grove and are the heartbeat of a band's performance. A dynamic lesson introduces young musicians to...
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Water, Art, and The Canadian Identity

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Have your class explore the representation of water in Canadian art. This lesson has learners investigate the representation of water in a variety of art forms. They focus on their personal feelings about art and the topic of water. What...
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Stitch It Up!

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Ever think about combining the art forms of painting and embroidery? Then this art lesson is right up your alley! Given a piece of white cloth, young artists first create a grayscale painting and then highlight certain features by...
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Pop Art Sculpture: Food

For Teachers 9th
Pop art food sculptures may look good enough to eat, but don't bite into them! Paying close attention to detail, ninth-graders use modeling clay to sculpt then paint a realistic item of food, reflecting the American popular culture of...
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Class Commission

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Simulate a real-life situation with a project proposal activity for an art installation. Learners look at work by Joe Fafard and examine his website for information about public art displays. They also search for other proposals for...
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Warhol Reductive Printmaking

For Teachers K - 6th
Begin your elementary art lesson plan with an informative look into Andy Warhol's reductive printmaking. Gain insight into the artist's background, importance in the art world, and create an original design using reductive styrofoam...
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Eric Carle Mural

For Students K - 2nd Standards
Inspire first grade artists to learn about abstract and realistic art while reading Eric Carle's Where are you Going? To See My Friend. Young artists design and make a mural collage by tearing shapes of paper while comparing English and...
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Art: Graffiti

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Your principal won't mind graffiti, as long as it's on a virtual wall. Scholars use the Scratch block-based computer language to write a program on graffiti. The program lets users place certain designs on a wall. 
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1920s Variety Show

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
To better understand the cultural achievements of the Harlem Renaissance and become familiar with its major figures, class members examine a painting by Aaron Douglas and a poem by Langston Hughes and compare how the artists develop...
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Thrilling Information: Music and Reading

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
Here’s a cross-curricular program music activity that uses Peer Gynt to engage class members. Groups take one section of “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” choreograph their section of the tune to represent the story as they imagine it,...
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Making Connections Through Theater

For Teachers K - 12th
The final lesson in a five-lesson theatre arts unit asks learners to investigate how theatre incorporates skills from other disciplines. Primary graders create word problems related to ticket sales. Middle schoolers explore stage...
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Portraits, Pears, And Perfect Landscapes: Investigating Genre in the Visual Arts

For Teachers 9th - 12th
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...
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Beyond the Visual: Multisensory Fun with "Garden Party"

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Students explore the images in the "Garden Party" art piece. In this visual arts activity, students view the "Garden Party" and identify the connections between their own lives and the painting. Students discuss the feelings the painting...
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Visual Art Foundation - Grade 2

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders investigate colors. In this visual arts lesson, 2nd graders study primary colors. Students learn to mix primary colors to create secondary colors.
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Our Client Is The Cincinnat Art Museum

For Teachers K - 12th
Students design various commercial products for the Cincinnati Art Museum using on-line sources, past designs, and creative educational software. This lesson has excellent project ideas for various student levels including: K-2, 3-5,...
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Art Journal

For Teachers K - 12th
What a wonderfully creative way to have your class create a class journal. Learners use a variety of materials to design an art journal using collages, drawings, and paintings. An interesting and motivating variation on traditional...
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Community Through Northwest Coast Art & Traditions

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students view video and watch an artist create a potlatch (gift necklace).  For this community and resources lesson, students understand the culture of Northwest Coast Art & Traditions  .  Students create their own necklaces and bent...
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Twig Construction: Recycled Materials

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Construction projects of any kind require learners to use spacial reasoning, creative thinking, and critical analysis skills. They design and make a twig/leaf structure out of natural and recycled materials. This project would be great...