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Is There a Difference Between Art and Craft?
7th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
How do we come to view objects and artifacts as art? What terms and ideas do we associate with craft instead? The distinction between art and craft may be subtle, but has profound roots in art history and the development of western...
Artists Teach Us to See the World through Visual Symbols
Tenth graders analyze a biographical piece of art by Raymond Saunders. They identify shapes, symbols, and lines that are used, and how the piece relates to the artist's life and modern society. They design and create an original piece of...
Study Guide for the 2009 Richard Gray Visual Arts Lecturer: Jules Feiffer
12th - Higher Ed
Students analyze the cartoons of Jules Feiffer and the art genre to then create their own comic book-style spread. In this cartoon art lesson, students read about the work of Feiffer and identify the techniques of the art. Students...
Animal Self-portrait Mosaics: A Visual Arts Elective
7th - 8th
Out-lined here is a two-week procedure that has the class creating ceramic animal tiles that are metaphorical representations of their own personalities. They discuss animal images found throughout history, what they mean, metaphor, and...
Picturing America: Images and Words of Hope from Romare Bearden and Langston Hughes
9th - 12th
A carefully crafted three-day lesson integrates poetry and visual art. By analyzing and comparing Langston Hughes' poem "Mother and Son" and Romare Bearden's collage "The Dove," readers explore the theme of hope. The lesson activates...
The Art of Nonviolence: Martin Luther King, Jr., Gandhi, and Concepts of Nonviolence in Indian Art
7th - 12th
Students make connections between nonviolent ideals and art. In this visual arts activity, students discuss the successes of the American Civil Rights Movement and discuss Gandhi's influence on the movement. Students then examine images...