Thinking Outside the Block - Quilting
High schoolers design and construct a "Stars Afloat" quilt. They discuss the importance of value in and variety in scale of fabric, construct star blocks with inserted strips and checkerboard transition blocks.
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Folk Art: Bird of Paradise Quilt Top
Students examine a "Bird of Paradise Quilt Top" to discover what the themes and patterns tell about mid-nineteenth-century America. In this American Folk Art lesson, students discuss the possible creator of the quilt and the symbols...
7th - 9th Visual & Performing Arts
The Day The Earth Stood Still: What Is a Movie?
Middle schoolers explore the art of film with this carefully scaffolded series of lessons that introduces film genres, explores the narrative structure of films, and uses The Day the Earth Stood Still to model how to become active...
6th - 10th Visual & Performing Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe
Modern art is great to experience because it brings contemporary issues into everyday conversation. Upper graders consider the work of Mickalene Thomas, an artist that uses photo collage techniques to capture the beauty of African...
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington: What Is a Movie?
Watching is not the same as seeing. Transform viewers from passive watchers to active students of film with this 34-page packet, filled with lessons and activities that use Mr. Smith Goes to Washington to examine the technology, the...
11th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Quilting and Embroidery with Technology
Students create quilts with machine embroidery designs on them for a fund-raising project. In this quilting and embroidery lesson, students create a PowerPoint presentation on the steps involved in quilt making, illustrating the steps...
10th - 12th Social Studies & History
Lesson: That's Not Natural
Any time kids engage in a design project, they are building problem-solving skills, collaborative learning skills, and creative thinking skills. Upper graders take a nature walk to observe and sketch organic shapes and lines that they...
7th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts