Art History Teacher Resources

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Questions in Art History

For Students 9th - 12th
This instructional activity provides a wonderful scaffold for those learning how to analyze art in a critical and thoughtful way. It describes what art historians do, then requires learners to view and analyze one of the listed works....
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Lesson: I Am the Wall

For Teachers 6th - 12th
The Maya created amazing stone carvings and sculptures, but what were they for? Kids analyze the significance and purpose of a Maya stela and then write a creative piece. They imagine they are the stela, and write a story about what life...
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Gallery of Pieter Bruegel the Elder

For Students 6th - 8th
Art history is a wonderful topic that bridges time, context, history, and artistic expression. Help your class understand how to carefully look at an artist and his work by using this fun project. Pupils make a brochure or a price list...
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Review: 19th and 20th Century

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Take a tour of the major art movements that marked the 19th and 20th centuries. This is an excellent resource intended as an art history  review. Through examples it covers, Romanticism, Realism, photography, Impressionism,...
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Greek Pottery Designs

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Get creative while exploring the art and history of the ancient Greeks. Learners create construction paper representations of Greek pottery, focusing on the differences between geometric and organic shapes. This project could enhance an...
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Art History

For Students 9th - 12th
Art analysis might help uncover some of life's most puzzling questions, such as the mystery behind Mona Lisa's smile. The handout, from the Writing for Specific Fields series, is particularly useful for those interested in pursuing art...
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"Art History Kites"

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Here is a great art activity that can be connected to several different subjects. Kids get creative as they create kites that are inspired by a famous artist or period in art history. They begin the process by choosing their inspiration,...
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American Indian Art History Detectives

For Teachers K - 5th
An art history detective; I want to be one of those! The class puts their heads together to hone their deductive and critical thinking skills in order to determine which Native American tribe created and used parfleche boxes. They'll use...
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An Introduction to Visual Art and Art History

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Line shape, color, value, form, texture, space. Students of art history are introduced to the elements of art in a 64-slide PowerPoint that illustrates how these elements combine in visual art. Other essentials, like principles of...
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Math Masterpieces: Two Women on the Beach by Paul Gauguin

For Students 2nd - 4th
Why not add a little additional knowledge to your drill and practice math problems? This cute worksheet provides young mathematicians with a little exposure to art and art history as they practice subtracting 3-digit numbers. As students...
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Picasso Portraits

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Explore Pablo Picasso. In this art history and face drawing lesson, read a brief biography of Pablo Picasso. Draw a self portrait following guided instruction by the teacher.  Paint a self-portrait and practice adding white and black to...
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Portraits in Clay: Elementary Sculpture Lesson

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
It is lovely how this lesson incorporates the importance or personal expression and art history. Children create low-fire ceramic heads that express emotion or personal feelings. The entire process is laid out step-by-step. All you need...
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Art History Choice Board

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Art History students are offered a menu of project choices designed especially for their learning style. Logical/mathematical learners research the Op Art period and create their own optical illusion. Interpersonal learners work in pairs...
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Texture Hunts and More: Madonna and Child with Saints

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Students investigate different painting techniques by studying classic works of art.  For this art history lesson, students observe the famous Madonna and Child with Saints painting and describe the texture and images they notice....
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Vincent Van Gogh

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
Perhaps a useful resource for an Art History course or a project on a famous figure, this standard 25 question multiple choice quiz asks factual questions about Vincent van Gogh's life such as siblings' names, the people who influenced...
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Vessel Based On Art History Research

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students create a functional ceramic vessel inspired by the work of another artist from art history. A number of art history resources be provided as well as the Internet. They research outside of class for the written report.
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Your Attention Please: Iatmul Orator's Stool

For Teachers K - 5th
Students investigate art by observing historical sculptures from New Guinea. In this art history lesson, students observe pictures of the "Orator's Stool"from Papua New Guinea, while identifying the small details that make it unique....
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What is Conceptual Art?

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Research, art history, and web page creation! Sounds too good to be true. With tons of links and resources, the lesson provides you with everything needed to engage the class in an amazing art and research activity. They create an art...
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Everybody Needs Somebody

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students investigate drawings of couples.  In this art history lesson plan, students examine the techniques artists use to convey emotions such as caring, love, and togetherness.  Students utilize these techniques to create their own...
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The Story of Red and Blue: Art

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students identify art history by examining a list of images on-line. In this painting lesson, students identify the work of Keith Haring by researching the Internet and discuss his style of artwork. Students utilize computers, paint and...
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Postwar European Art

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
A fantastic collection of postwar European art is ready for the class. Contained in each of the 69 slides are images of art that represent the abstract movements that define the period. L'art Brut, French photography, tachisme, cobra,...
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Italian Renaissance Art

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Pictures are worth a thousand words, especially when you can analyze them in a historical and cultural context. Check out some of the major art and artists that defined the Italian Renaissance. Here are several images that exemplify...
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Community Symbols: Heroes and Leaders

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students research the importance of community leaders in portraits. In this art history lesson plan, students look at the painting "The Ascension of Simon Bolivar on Mount Jamaica" and discuss what they see in the portrait. Students...
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Late Antique, Early Jewish and Christian Art

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Early Jewish and Christian art and architecture are featured in a 70-slide presentation designed for AP art history and humanities classes. In addition to the images, tenets of both religions, and maps of the regions are included.