Visual and Performing Arts Teacher Resources

Visual and Performing Arts resources foster different forms of creative expression, whether through drama, music, film, dance, or visual art, and teach students to value aesthetics. In addition, they provide learners with the historical and cultural contexts for events.       

Hands-on activities can be used to introduce young learners to the concept of symmetry while an activity for middle schoolers connects art, advertising, and nutrition. Other lessons, activities, and videos permit students to discover the themes, values, and traditions of world cultures.       

The arts have long been used to draw attention to and encourage response to important social issues, environmental concerns, and even the horrors of war. Here’s an article packed with suggestions for how to integrate the arts into science classes and this lesson connects science, math, and art.

No matter your subject area, Lesson Planet has teacher-curated resources designed to spark the interest of your students in the visual and performing arts.

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20th Century American Art

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
See the changes, controversy, and innovations that define postwar American art. The onset of the modern art era in American history is well-defined in this slide-show. You'll see how Abstract Expressionism shifted into conceptual, pop,...
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Responding: "Guerrila" Art

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders are introduced to performance art as a way to respond to important current-day issues in society. Pupils create their very own original art work using photography and poetry. These three lessons do a nice job of, not only...
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African Masks And Their Impact On Western Art

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Explore the influence of African-style masks on Western art. Learners create individual masks using construction paper. They discuss and explore the techniques used to create these types of masks. The resource includes links to...
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Shape and Form in Art

For Teachers K - 4th
Introduce youngsters to the important role shape and form play in art with this extensive collection of activities and projects. From teaching first graders how to create mandalas to engaging third and fourth graders in the design of...
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Performance into Art

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Students explore two works of art of performance art. For this performance art lesson, students analyze performance art in the examples of Yves Klein and Joseph Beuys. Students complete image based discussion activities. Students...
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Lesson: Younger Than Jesus: Is a Young Generation's Multimedia Work Art?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
How has art changed? Are young people artists? What is art? These questions are up for discussion as critical thinkers examine several works of art expressed through multimedia. There are five different sessions outlined, complete with...
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Lesson: Younger Than Jesus: Understanding, Looking at, Making Abstract Art

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Before the class makes abstract art, they see contemporary examples and analyze them. They look at art made by abstract artists under the age of 33 then use similar techniques to create an interesting collection of their own. The lesson...
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Lesson: French Revolution and Visual Language of Power

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Take a look at the French Revolution and neo-classic art, then compare it to current social issues and contemporary art. Kids analyze several pieces painted by Jacques-Louis David in regard to style and subject then compare them to...
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The Art Lesson

For Teachers K - 3rd
Explore visual arts and illustrations by reading a picture book with your class. Begin by reading the book The Art Lesson about a writer and illustrator who collaborate on their books. Next, have your class answer study questions about...
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Looking and Learning in the Art Museum — Lesson 2

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Is there a difference between examining an original work of art and viewing a reproduction? Class members are asked to reflect on this question after researching a piece, study a reproduction of it, and the examining the original in an...
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Activism Through the Arts

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The arts often reflect the social struggles and concerns in society. The third lesson of four links the arts to activism and environmental concerns. Scholars learn about the role of art and artists statements. and then create their own...
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Lesson: Michael Patterson-Carver: Politics and Art

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Michael Paterson-Carver creates art that expresses political concepts, allegory, and activism. Learners will examine several of his pieces and his perspective. Then they create an original piece that conveys a message.
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Art and Revolution

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Explore art and revolution that dawned in the mid 20th century. Constructivism, Bauhaus, and de stijl are all covered in this visually stimulating presentation. 
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Eye-Popping Op Art

For Teachers K - 12th
Students examine and discuss work of Hungarian artist Victor Vasarely, recognize visual components of Op Art, compare traditional Renaissance perspective with Op Art's illusion of three-dimensional space, and create original painting...
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Same and Different Through Music and Art

For Teachers K
This lesson plan is intended for a music class but would be a great way to teach compare and contrast to any class. Kindergarteners dance the Hokey Pokey to four different styles of music and examine two paintings of Humpty Dumpty, then...
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Black Tiger Academy Martial Arts Fitness Unit – Lesson 8

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
“Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping him up."—Jesse Jackson. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson eight of 20 has a teambuilding activity in which the class has to work together to solve a problem. After this...
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Principle of Art Balance

For Students 9th - 12th
Reinforce a strong art vocabulary which can also apply to aspects of math and science. Kids read about various types of balance or symmetry found in art. They analyze three paintings based on vocabulary and read a how-to for creating...
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Art Critic for a Day!

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Middle schoolers practice evaluating art by creating a research project and presentation. They use the Internet and library to discover a piece of art or artist whom they feel has an impact on the world of art. Next, they create a...
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19th Century Art in the US

For Students 5th
Visual literacy and art appreciation can start at any age. Expose your class to American art of the 19th century. They view two paintings and answer eight questions that require them to think about what they see and the techniques used...
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Art Match Up

For Students 3rd - 4th
Build your pupils' visual literacy and ability to identify art from some of the world's masters. They view the mixed-up art pieces and set them straight by matching the correct art piece to the correct artist. 
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Black Tiger Academy Martial Arts Fitness Unit – Lesson 18

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
“There are no short cuts to any place worth going."—Beverly Sills. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson 18 of 20 focuses on goal setting. Discuss the difference between short-term goals and long-term goals. Then practice setting a...
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Looking at Art: Realism

For Students 3rd - 6th
Build visual literacy and art analysis skills using an interesting worksheet. Included are two images for learners to analyze. They view each picture and answer the eight related questions to stimulate an understanding of the art and a...
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Roman Art, Architecture, and Engineering

For Teachers 9th - 12th
There is no better tool to help you explain art or architecture than an image-filled slide show. Classic Greek art, architecture, and engineering are all described with excellent visual examples and text which defines each form by its...
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Performance Principles for Musical Theatre

For Students 6th - 12th
Introduce theatre arts students to the principles of musical theatre with a short information sheet that identifies and explains the importance of eight performance principles. 
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Questions in Art History

For Students 9th - 12th
This worksheet 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. Twelve...
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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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Art Activities: Developing Visual Observational Skills

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students explore visual arts by participating in several class art activities. In this art appreciation activity, students discuss the broad concept of a photograph including uses of lines, shadows, reflections and shapes. Students...
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Byzantine Art

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Explore the art, architecture, and iconography of the Byzantine Empire. This comprehensive visual guide takes learners through the changes in art and architecture that occurred with the spread of the Byzantines.
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Asian Art

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed
Art from early China, Korea, and Japan is historically significant. Present these stunning images to your class, while you explain art movements that define traditional Chinese, Korean, and Japanese time periods and culture. Note: This...
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Indian Art

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Indian art and architecture is covered from the baths of Mohenjo-daro to the Great Stupa in Sanchi. This presentation shows Indian art as it progressed throughout time but focuses heavily on Buddhist art and architecture that originated...
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Cinquecento Italian Art

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
The Cinquecento period was a span of approximately 100 years of Italian art and architecture. This extensive slideshow provides wonderful images of the art and architecture of the time. It focuses on masters such as Da Vinci, Raphael,...
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“The Art of War”: Trench Art of World War I

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Teach pupils how veterans used art to deal with PTSD and shell-shock from trench warfare during World War I. Scholars use graphic organizers, a cartoon analysis sheet, and their own inferences to analyze primary source art work by veterans.
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Using the Internet - Art and Design

For Students 7th - Higher Ed
An interesting resource that might work best in an upper level art course, this handout provides a list of nine websites where young artists can read and study about all forms of art. These online resources range from a dictionary of...
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Center for Northwestern Art: Featured Objects

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Each of the slides in this presentation provide learners with an image found at a northwestern art museum and a critical analysis of what can be seen in each piece. Learners can view this prior to a museum trip in order to build...
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Art as Inquiry - Art Criticism

For Teachers 6th - 8th
In these art lesson plans, young scholars describe a piece of artwork, including the artist's technique, and analyze the elements of the work. They interpret its meaning and judge why others may value it.
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Intro to Art

For Teachers 3rd - 9th
Students explore illusions by drawing and viewing images in class. In this art perspective lesson, students analyze a skeleton outline drawing which demonstrates the ability to draw in a two point perspective. Students utilize the...
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Color (Art)

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Our lives are full of color. Color is an important aspect of art. It affects the mood of the art work. This video shows the different ways and schemes color can be used.
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Lines (Art)

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
The young artist in this video demonstrates lines in art. She also describes the three different properties of lines. What a great video to watch when learning the basics of art.
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Capturing the Horrors - The Art of World War 1

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Young historians investigate World War I by watching a short video clip of art created by soldiers. As viewers analyze the pieces a clearer picture of the horrors of war comes to light. 
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Kazoo

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Children are naturally interested in musical instruments because they enjoy rhythm and sounds. An early exposure to instruments can enhance a child's knowledge, interest, and appreciation of music. Increase your young learners' knowledge...
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When Art Conveys Political and Social Conflict

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders consider art as a medium to convey information and opinions on social conflict and issues. They analyze images from the Crocker Art Museum, discuss their effectiveness in raising awareness of an issue, and create a...
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Quattrocento Italian Art

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
The Italian Renaissance was a period of great art and architecture. Show your class the achievements that define the Quattrocento period in Italian art and style. This slide show centers around Florence, the architecture, sculpture, and...
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Islamic Art; Exploring the Visual Arts of the Middle East

For Teachers 5th - 8th
The intent of this unit is to demonstrate some of the traditional arts of the Middle East. Extensive background information on the religion, culture, and nature of Islamic art found throughout the Middle East is provided. Each of the...
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Characters in Live Performance

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Your intermediate or advanced thespians choose dramatic scenes to perform in duos, small groups, or solo to demonstrate vocal and physical characterization. Use class time to prepare and rehearse. Detailed rubrics work for peer assessment.
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Is There a Difference Between Art and Craft?

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
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...
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A Cinematic Journey Through Visual Effects

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
George Méliès realized in the early days of cinema that, "Films have the ability to capture dreams." From classic movies like A Trip to the Moon, The Lost World, and Metropolis, to more modern marvels like Blade Runner, Jurassic Park,...
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Fabric Art

For Teachers K - 8th
Do kids use problem solving skills when they create scrap art? You bet they do! After examining the art of Mary Katherine Lamb, they create their own pieces using recycled products and vintage art techniques. They watch a video about the...
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Artful Emotions

For Teachers K - 3rd
Blue is sad, and red is angry, but why is that? Young artists explore the expression of emotions through art by observing and creating artwork. Starting with a questioning session about images of art, this plan moves into a sculpture...
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Medieval and Renaissance Art: Botanical Symbolism

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Learners study the significance of flowers in art from two periods. In this Medieval and Renaissance art lesson, students research the presence and meaning of botanical illustrations in twelfth, thirtieth, and fourteenth century...
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Installation Art Appreciation and Respect

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students discover installation art. In this installation art lesson, students discuss different types of installation art. Students use graphic organizers to record information about installation art. Students brainstorm and sketch the...
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Elements of Art

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders discover elements in visual art. In this visual art instructional activity, 3rd graders explore the use of line, shape, and color in visual art. After reviewing works of art, students create unique art pieces. Technology...
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Visual Thinking Strategies

For Teachers K - 12th
Students explore Visual Thinking Strategy as a way to examine art and photography. They discuss the strategies, and analyze and discuss photographs using the Visual Thinking Strategies techniques.
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Art Detectives

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students explore art mediums and techniques. In this art appreciation lesson, students observe a variety of displayed artwork and determine what medium was used by the artist. Students hold up a card matching this medium for immediate...
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African Artist El Anatsui as a Reflection of African Culture: Human Rights Issues and Activism Through Art

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
Students explore global issues through visual art analysis. In this African art lesson, students examine works by El Anatsui and discussing their human rights themes. Students then design lesson plans based on their findings.
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Global Music Patterns- Islamic Art

For Teachers 7th - 11th
Students compose music using Islamic patterns. In this cultural arts lesson plan, students examine Islamic art and analyze the patterns. Students incorporate various Islamic patterns into a musical composition.
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Op Art Shapes

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Op art is fun to look at, and it's fun to make. Kids learn about the origins of op art and the op art master, M.C. Escher. They view simple to complex examples of op art to see how it works and then create an optical piece of their own....
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“Decalcomania” Glue Paint Symmetry Prints

For Teachers K - 12th
Who knew you could paint with glue? After first adding liquid water color paints to bottles of white Elmer's glue and applying them to paper, students of all ages are then challenged to use their imagination and creativity to draw in...
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Teaching Through Kamishibai and The Art of Chinese Calligraphy

For Teachers 2nd - 8th Standards
Young learners discover kamishibai, a popular Japanese storytelling art, and explore how these Japanese folktales illustrate the country's cultural themes and values through discussion and storyboarding. 
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Look, Listen and Learn

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students brainstorm what they know about the performing arts and research an artist or song and its related genre. Students work in groups to create an online banner to attract peers to their performing arts genre.
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Northern Renaissance Art

For Teachers 8th - 10th
The Northern Renaissance is the period of enlightenment that occurred outside of Italy (1500-1615). Explore the visual works of Northern Renaissance artists Bosch, Van Eyck, Bruegel, and Durer in this visual presentation. 
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African Ecology and Art

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Explore Samburu culture as students examine art work by many artists and compare and contrast their styles. They view Kenyan images and find Kenya on the map. Students identify conflict in the animal world and draw animals and record in...
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If Paintings Could Talk: Art and Language

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers learn about the artist Canaletto, play a vocabulary game, and create a landscape using collage technique. Background information on the artist is provided along with instructions for the game and vocabulary words to...
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Odyssey of the Mind Curriculum Activity: Performing Arts

For Teachers 4th - 6th
The classical arts have made a lasting impact on our society and your advanced learners get to find out why. The activity starts as the children create a list of the arts found in society, they discuss how these art forms impact their...
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Early Medieval Art

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
The early Medieval period began around the 6th century and went until about the year 1100. This image-driven presentation covers those years in terms of art and architecture. From churches to the Book of Kells, this functional,...
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Baroque Art: 1600-1750

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Wow, this presentation covers the entire Baroque period. Definitions, characteristics, and many examples of Baroque art from 1600-1750 are covered in this extensive resource. The period examples are shown in the context of their region,...
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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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The Art of Furniture: Decorations Inspired by Nature

For Teachers 2nd - 12th
What inspires furniture designers? As learners of all ages view examples of woodworking used in French and American furniture, they discuss woodworkers' techniques and inspirations. They identify techniques such as veneering and...
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Code of the Samurai in Art and Literature

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
A samurai warrior was said to follow a code; a code that made him adhere to values such as courage, honor, loyalty, and skill. Learners examine Japanese poetry and art to see how they exemplify  the ways of the samurai. Great...
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Portraying the Ideal Warrior in Art and Literature

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Samurai warriors had a code that defined what an ideal warrior should be. Learners use a Venn diagram to compare the way the ideal warrior is portrayed in art and literature. They analyze a screen entitled The Battles at Ichi-no-tani and...
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Visual Arts - Mexican Indian Yarn Painting

For Teachers 2nd - 8th
Have you ever seen a Mexican yarn painting? They're beautiful! Create a Mexican yarn painting with your class using this activity. Start by discussing Mexico's culture and viewing different yarn paintings. After reading about important...
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Analyzing Visuals in Print

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
There's much more to a photograph than a click, and much more to a painting than brush strokes. Analyze the details of different types of visual media in print with a short activity. High schoolers study various images, including Vincent...
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Grand Canyon Suite

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Take a trip to the Grand Canyon! Lesson one explores how Ferde Grofe painted a musical landscape of America when he wrote the Grand Canyon Suite. Learners then examine art that shows the Grand Canyon in activity two. Finally, activity...
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Kabuki: The People's Dramatic Art

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Discover the kabuki form of Japanese classical theater performance and its reflection of the historical evolution of Japanese government and culture. As the first dramatic performance form catering to the common people, kabuki is shaped...
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Traders of the Lost Art

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Learners work in small groups to investigate a variety of art and architecture forms common during the Old Kingdom epoch in Ancient Egypt. Learners then evaluate how these art forms reflect a culture's beliefs and values. And, finally,...
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Souper Art

For Teachers K - 6th
Turn your young artists into great marketing specialists with this fun lesson plan! They will turn ordinary soup cans into exciting choices for dinner by recreating the can label. This is a fantastic project to connect art, advertising,...
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Art Immersion Month, by Neil Waldman

For Teachers 2nd - 8th
Students examine studio art and develop an appreciation for art. In this art immersion lesson, students complete original drawing and design assignments. Students also study the work of selected famous artists.
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Inspirational Pop Art

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Students examine visual art by examining Internet sources. For this art identification lesson, students discuss the history of art after researching information on the Internet. Students view artwork by Keith Haring and create their own...
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Connected by Art

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students inspect visual arts by exploring images on-line. For this art analysis lesson, students discuss the history of art and the its ability to communicate with people through images. Students utilize pencils and charcoal to create...
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Art Classification

For Students 3rd - 5th
Different types of art have embedded, visual clues that help define and classify them. Learners view seven pieces of art and then draw a line from the art piece its type. This is a great way to build visual literacy and classification...
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Beyond All Strung Out

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students explore performing arts by completing a quiz. In this stringed instrument lesson, students identify the different instruments which belong in the family and view videos regarding their musical uses. Students take an instrument...
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Visual Puns - Paper Mache Sculpture

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Explore the pop art movement and create a sculpture in the pop art style based on a visual pun, or play on words. The scholar's work may use humor, allegory, metaphor, or be in the form of a parody. Visual examples are provided, and some...
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World War I Art and Artists

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the art of World War I. In this World War I art lesson, students research paintings and artists of the era. Students role play the artists they research and explain their lives and paintings to their classmates.
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Teaching with Poster Art: World War I Posters

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students interpret historical evidence presented in primary resources. In this World War I activity, students examine World War I posters. Students investigate the use of propaganda strategies in the posters and discuss the visual...
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Northern Renaissance Art

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
The 15th and 16th centuries marked one of the most interesting periods in European art history. The deep symbolism, allegory, rich imagery, and iconography can be found in this extensive and well-organized slideshow. From El Greco to...
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Gothic Art

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
The Middle Ages were an extensive period in European history. Discover the beautiful Gothic art and architecture that developed in France during this time period. Gorgeous and visually rich, this resource would nicely accompany any...
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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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Arts of the Americas

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
From deep in the jungles of Mesoamerica to the mound builders of North America, this presentation showcases the art of the Americas. It covers ancient American art, depicting architecture, ceremonial objects, art, and sculpture that span...
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Black Tiger Academy Martial Arts Fitness Unit – Lesson 9

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”—Nelson Mandela. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson nine of 20 introduces food labels to the class. What are food labels? What do they mean? How can...
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Black Tiger Academy Martial Arts Fitness Unit – Lesson 10

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
“To succeed, we must first believe that we can.”—Michael Korda. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson 10 of 20 continues discussing nutrition focusing on serving size. Americans overeat which leads to many health problems....
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Black Tiger Academy Martial Arts Fitness Unit - Lesson 16

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
“The person who really wants to do something finds a way; the other person finds an excuse.”—Author Unknown. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson 16 of 20 begins talking about calories. The class takes a look at menus from Burger...
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Make a (Katazome) Kimono

For Teachers K - 8th
As part of a series of resources examining Japanese art, individuals create a colorful, stenciled kimono (Katazome) using the provided templates. Complete instructions for the activity are included in the packet.
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This Ain't No Tea Party!

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Create food-safe bowls with your class, then organize a meal for the community using the class's bowls to serve. This lesson is based on the Empty Bowels Project, where school kids gain an understanding of global hunger through community...
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Birch Bark Biting

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders create birch bark biting art pieces. In this aboriginal art lesson, 5th graders produce art using birch bark. Students present their art pieces and explain their designs.
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Grade 10 ELA Module 4, Unit 2, Lesson 20

For Teachers 10th Standards
Using the resource, scholars work in small groups to rehearse a selected scene from Shakespeare's Macbeth. Finally, they present their interpretive dramatic readings to a group of peers or the whole class and complete a self-assessment...
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Graffiti Project

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students inspect performing arts by participating in a class presentation. In this art collage lesson, students examine the graffiti art created on New York subways and discuss the life of Keith Haring. Students create their own images...
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Lesson Plan: Becoming an Animal

For Teachers K - 5th
The Kwakwaka'wakw are indigenous people from Vancouver Island and British Columbia. The class analyzes a Kwakwak'wakw ceremonial mask, how it was used, and its cultural significance. They then create animal masks representing their...
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Culture Connect: Experience the Culture of the World

For Teachers 5th - 9th Standards
A rich series of activities introduces learners to the concept of culture by closely examining the behaviors, practices, and art of three distinct peoples: the Highland Maya of Guatemala, the Hmong of China and Southeast Asia, and the...
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Plagiarism Workshop

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
What do George Harrison, Vanilla Ice, and Steven Ambrose all have in common? The Warner Brothers’ films Batman Forever and The Devil’s Advocate? All are guilty of plagiarism. And if you are considering a research project and want to...
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Exploring Weather Conditions Through Painting

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Your advanced class will paint a picture of a particular weather condition. In this painting lesson students describe elements of art in pieces of artwork. They analyze the weather and seasons in the artwork. The students use paper,...
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Lesson: Looking Closer: The Artwork of Wangechi Mutu

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Social issues of gender and media stereotypes, begins with a multi-sensory experience. Learners view the painting Backlash Blues and make critical comments based on what they see. They then read the Langston Hughes poem and listen to the...
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Lesson: Mixing Metaphors across Current Events and Literature

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Expression, current events, and art can go hand-in-hand. After analyzing a multi-media piece entitled, Trade Canoe for Don Quixote, the class explores their own expressive process. They create collages that show a current event or issue...
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Still-Life Shading

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Showing light and shadow in a drawing or painting is trickier than it looks. After viewing famous examples of still-life paintings, young artists use shading techniques in their own art to emphasize the contrast between light and shadow.
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Act It Out

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Examine two works of art and use these pieces as inspiration for dialogues. The whole class discusses Renoir's Lunch at the Restaurant Fournaise and Toulouse-Lautrec's At the Moulin Rouge. Then, in groups of either three or ten, pupils...
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Explore Cultural Diversity Through Art

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Explore cultural diversity and build tolerance. Learners view art representing various cultures by Canadian painters. (Adapt with images or artists that reflect your demographics.) The class creates a collage or mural depicting cultural...
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Ideal Performance

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Learners analyze the art of theatrical costumes and modern art designs. In this art analysis lesson, students compare two different designs for theatrical costumes by artists Oskar Schlemmer and El Lissitzky. Learners complete image...
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Vessels In Greek Art: Museum Visit

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students examine Greek vessels. In this visual art lesson, students compare Greek vessels to human body parts. Students investigate the uses of vessels and the decorations.
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Remembrance Through Public Art

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students discuss the purpose of public art, in the form of memorials. They research the design and planning of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C., then plan their own memorial and construct a 3D model.
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Creating Your Own Rock Art

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Learners create rock art. In this visual arts instructional activity, students examine and distinguish petroglyphs, pictographs, and vandalism. Learners study cultures that revered rock art and create rock art panels.
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Creating Your Own Rock Art

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders look at early art. In this visual arts lesson, 8th graders investigate the attributes of rock art, examine rock art, and create their own examples of rock art. Analysis and instructional worksheets are included.
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To Live Forever: Art and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt

For Teachers 6th - 7th
Young scholars study the art of Ancient Egypt from the Boston Museum and complete several activities to analyze the art and its content. In this art analysis lesson, students read background information about Ancient Egypt art and the...
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Art and War

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students analyze art and war and the Futurist movement. In this art analysis lesson, students define manifesto and its role with artistic movement. Students explore art as a response to political and social issues through image based...
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Conceptual Art

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Students explore the different ways language is used in conceptual art. In this conceptual art lesson, students analyze artworks that emphasize ideas over form and the methods used in conceptual art. Students work in pairs to read and...
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Joaquin Torres Garcia Art

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Learners analyze the art of Joaquin Torres Garcia in 'Composition.' In this art analysis lesson, students read about the artist's work and the artist. Learners answer discussion and follow-up questions.
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Recycling With Art

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Learners create works of art from recyclable materials. In this visual arts lesson, students investigate works of art created from recyclable materials. Learners choose an emotion to convey and then create an art piece from materials...
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The Art of El Anasui: Creating a Mural with Discarded/Recycled Objects

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students create murals that feature recycled objects. In this West African art instructional activity, students examine artwork by El Anatsui and his commentary on social issues. Students then create murals in the style of El Anatsui...
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Looking At Art

For Students 1st - 3rd
In this visual arts worksheet, students are shown the painting "Mother and Child," by Pablo Picasso and answer eight short answer questions based on 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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Creating Language Art: Vocabulary Development

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Use this artistic activity in a unit about word choice or as part of your ongoing vocabulary development routine. Helpful for both narrative and informational text, the approach prompts middle schoolers to create art from words to...
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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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Siege of Golconda

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
New ReviewLooking at art, learners explore the Mughal Empire, which once controlled all of India and created a unique Hindu-Muslim civilization. By analyzing a painting of the Siege of Golconda, historians consider what art teaches people about...
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Animation Basics: The Art of Timing and Spacing

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
What distinguishes the visual rhythm of a golf, rubber, beach, and bowling ball? Explore the two fundamental principles—timing and spacing—of animation, as well as a variety of other features to consider when discussing the overall...
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Analyzing Visual of Samson and the Lion

For Students 6th - 10th
What strategies do historians use for interpreting visuals? This simple activity lists four questions that learners can use to approach and analyze historical photographs, fine pieces of art, etc., as well as an opportunity to apply the...
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Nouveau Réalisme

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
Art is a form of expression that can be controversial, obtuse, and completely driven by the political and social times. Explore Nouveau Realism and Pop Art, which exemplify the nature of modern thought and expression. This visually rich...
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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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A Picture's Worth 10,000 Words

For Teachers 2nd
Here are some wonderful lessons on art for your second graders. In them, learners focus on elements of abstract art, sculpture, and landscapes, study the works of four major artists, and create art of their own. This incredibly thorough,...
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The Gleaners by Jean Francois Millet

For Teachers 2nd
Explore the art of Jean Francois Millet with your second graders. They'll discuss the artist, the painting, and their observations. Then they'll engage in five different activities intended to build critical thinking, artistic skills,...
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Black Tiger Academy Martial Arts Fitness Unit – Lesson 6

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”—Leo Tolstoy. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts instructional activity six of 20 includes an activity that introduces the class to thinking about...
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Black Tiger Academy Martial Arts Fitness Unit – Lesson 7

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
"Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There's plenty of movement, but you never know if it's going to be forward, backwards, or sideways."—H. Jackson Brown, Jr. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson plan...
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Black Tiger Academy Martial Arts Fitness Unit – Lesson 11

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
“Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.”—Lao Tzu. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson 11 of 20 has a written script to guide the class through an introductory meditation lesson. It's actually quite...
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Black Tiger Academy Martial Arts Fitness Unit – Lesson 12

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence therefore is not an act, it is a habit.”—Aristotle. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson 12 of 20 introduces the class to the amount of sugar contained in a variety of foods and drinks. Each...
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Black Tiger Academy Martial Arts Fitness Unit – Lesson 14

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
“Rule your mind or it will rule you."—Horace. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson 14 of 20 introduces the class to dietary fats. There are good fats and not so good fats, and this activity helps them identify which is which. Then...
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Black Tiger Academy Martial Arts Fitness Unit – Lesson 3

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
“A good exercise for the heart is to bend down and help another up.” Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson three of 20 focuses on cardiovascular exercise and activities that get that heart pumping. There are quite a few activities to...
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Black Tiger Academy Martial Arts Fitness Unit – Lesson 5

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson plan five of 20 has a great team building activity in which a small group...
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Black Tiger Academy Martial Arts Fitness Unit – Lesson 13

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
"You can never conquer the mountain. You can only conquer yourself."—Jim Whittaker. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson 13 of 20 takes the health lesson about sugars to the next level by talking about diabetes. The percent of...
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Black Tiger Academy Martial Arts Fitness Unit – Lesson 15

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
“A man without decision of character can never be said to belong to himself … He belongs to whatever can make captive of him.”—John Foster. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson 15 of 20 teaches the class about positive character...
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Black Tiger Academy Martial Arts Fitness Unit – Lesson 17

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
“Well begun is half done."—Aristotle. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson 17 of 20 continues to discuss fast foods and their cumulative effects. This lesson not only looks at calories, but also at the amounts of fats and sugars in...
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Black Tiger Academy Martial Arts Fitness Unit - Lesson 19

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
“A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle."—Father James Keller. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson 19 of 20 focuses on the class recognizing their peers for the positive qualities that each one of them brings to the...
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Black Tiger Academy Martial Arts Fitness Unit - Lesson 20

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
“A primary reason for communication is to reach UNDERSTANDING — not necessarily AGREEMENT.” Black Tiger Academy’s final martial arts lesson of 20 is bringing it all together to review what has been learned in the previous 19 lessons....
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Notes Unit 1: Art Fundamentals

For Students 6th - 9th
Here is a guide for your middle schoolers to use while you are providing a lecture on the basics of art. They use this worksheet to aid them as they take notes on the purpose of art, art elements, properties of art, and art principles....
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Visual Vocabulary

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students use context clues to determine an understanding for vocabulary words in texts. In this vocabulary lesson plan, students recognize linguistic features in their readings to help them to figure out words.
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Rhythm and Art: Rhythm Collage

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students create a collage in response to musical rhythm. For this visual arts lesson plan, students will better understand the connection between visual arts and musical rhythm. Students will follow the teacher's model of letting the...
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Rhythm and Art: Gesture Drawing

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore connections between non-verbal language and art. In this visual and auditory art lesson, students investigate the science of sound and principles of drawing. They then use various genres of music to directly apply that...
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Performance Evaluation

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars evaluate in class performance of music previously prepared by the ensemble. The rubric and assessment criteria are adaptable to any orchestra setting which allows the teacher to choose music to be assessed. Critical...
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Performing a Poem

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Students present a poem. In this performance lesson, students read a poem as a class, learn about speech marks and practice reading their lines. Students are divided into groups where each student picks a character from the poem and the...
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Pop Art: Multiples of Me!

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students discuss major events in the 60's era including conflicts, culture, and history. Students also take a look at artists from this time and discover Pop Art. They then create their own portrait in the Pop Art style using Clarisworks...
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Animal Self-portrait Mosaics: A Visual Arts Elective

For Teachers 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...
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Lesson: Emory Douglas: Art and Activism

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Visual literacy can be experienced in many different ways. Learners discuss the times, graphic art, and cultural significance of activism in art as they explore artist and Black Panther, Emory Douglas. This is a discussion-based lesson...
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An Actor's View of Shakespeare

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Learners research characters from different plays. In this Shakespeare and performing arts instructional activity, students discuss the portrayal of characters from the perspective of real actors. Learners work in groups to examine the...
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Lesson: Jeremy Deller: Conversing about Conflict

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Bridge cultural awareness, community, government, and art with an introspective and thought-provoking lesson. Upper graders become globally and socially aware as they analyze and explore the art of Jeremy Deller. They consider his images...
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Collage and Photomontage

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders discuss collage and photomontage techniques and artists, and how the art form can convey cultural or current issues. They research a collage artist, then design a topical or personally symbolic collage. Present their...
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Frida Kahlo: Tortured Soul

For Teachers 11th - 12th
A comprehensive and straightforward tool can help your critical thinkers analyze art. This presentation teaches your young artists to look at a piece of work critically, analyzing the artist, the period, the symbolism, and the artistic...
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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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Lesson: More Than a Dollar's Worth of Meaning

For Teachers K - 5th
The Chinese, Dish with the Eight Buddhist Emblems contains symbols and visual references for learners to explore. They search for Buddhist symbolism on the dish and then they use their observation skills to locate and explore the meaning...
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Lesson: Ahoy! A Painting!

For Teachers K - 12th
Kids listen to the story, How I Became a Pirate and analyze the painting, Our Lady of the Victory of Malaga. So, what do these to things have in common? The art depicts the time period and style. And, the story sets their imaginations...
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All About The Attributes

For Teachers K - 5th
Students investigate Zenale's painting Madonna and Child. In this art attributes lesson, students study the elements of the Madonna and Child painting and understand its meaning to the Catholic faith. Students then create a painting that...
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Barefoot in the Park

For Teachers K - 5th
Students examine the use of color by Bouguereau. In this visual art color lesson plan, students experiment painting their own self-portrait. Students will see art as a type of communication, and analyze art and the meaning of paintings.
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Gallery of Albrecht Dürer

For Students 4th - 8th
Dutch painter Albrecht Durer was an interesting fellow. Your class can learn about his life and his art by completing one of two great activities. They either create an informational brochure or a price list of 10-20 of his famous works....
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Museum Practice for Students

For Teachers K - 5th
Before any of us can learn to enjoy a trip to an art museum, we need to learn how to behave. This list of activities describe the behavior expected on a trip to an art museum. Each behavior comes with an activity intended to demonstrate...
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What Do You See?

For Teachers 8th
Use these activities during a trip to a local art museum or after viewing art work online. Kids find a piece of art, describe it to a friend, who then draws it as it is described. In groups, they fill out a reflection worksheet as they...
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Lesson: Transformational Tapestries

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Art can be found anywhere, even in the class recycle bin. El Anatsui is an artist that uses found materials to create two and three-dimensional art. Kids examine his techniques, discuss the differences between found art forms, and then...
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Lesson: Recycle, Repurpose, Recreate!

For Teachers K - 5th
Before youngsters use items from the recycle bin to create unique repurposed sculptures, they should analyze some art. Here, they learn about Francis Nnaggenda, an assemblage artist from Uganda. They analyze one of his sculptures,...
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Lesson: Contemporary Tribal Designs

For Teachers K - 5th
There is a lot to be learned from a horse. Kids analyze a contemporary tribal design found on a large installation piece. Then they create tribal designs of their own that show similarities and difference between cultures and time...
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Abstract Planes in Paper Sculpture

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers create maquettes of abstract sculptures utilizing the elements of art; line, shape, value, color, space and texture and the principles of design; balance, emphasis, contrast, rhythm and movement, pattern and unity. These...
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Texture (Art)

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
What is texture? This video shows the difference between textures, as well as shares different types of textures.
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Shapes (Art)

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
The world is full of different shapes. Watch this video to learn about the different type of shapes that they can be categorized into.
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Line Quality: Speaking with Line

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students investigate artistic objects by examining the lines within them.  In this art analysis lesson, students observe several examples of lines in artistic work, and identify their influence.  Students illustrate and create their own...
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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. 
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Alexander And The Wind-Up Mouse

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Use drama techniques to recreate the story, Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse by Leo Lionni. They engage in problem-solving as they identify the roles they will fufill in their groups for the performance. This is a motivating way to...
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A Brief History of Religion in Art

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed
Did you know that some languages have no word for art? The English language does and the narrator of this short video discusses the aesthetic dimension of religious art as it "visually communicates meaning beyond language." 
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Performance Enhancing Drugs

For Students 9th - 12th
There is science behind the adage, "Cheaters never prosper!" Biochemistry or physical education classes find out how steroids, blood doping, and other performance-enhancing methods claim to work, and how unreliable and even dangerous...
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Social Issues and Art Inquiry Project

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Connect art to social issues with a extended inquiry project. Individuals or small groups select a social issue and a type of art to explore. They complete a KWL chart for both the social issue and the art strand and take time to create...
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EngageNY Grade 3 ELA Module 1, Unit 3

For Teachers 3rd Standards
Third graders will explore the way geography can impact people's access to books. They read informational texts and learn vocabulary related to physical geography. There is a final performance task at the end, and everything you need is...
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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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Presenting Pop Art

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students create pop art. In this visual arts lesson plan, students learn the history of pop art and research the work of Andy Warhol. They will then create pop art using an electronic image of an everyday object and present their...
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60's Pop Art: Multiples of Me

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students discover characteristics of Pop Art through slides and discussion of the 60's era and produce a pop art portrait of themselves using Clarisworks paint program and Hyperstudio.
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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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Piet Mondrian Art

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Pupils study Piet Mondrian's artwork. In this visual arts activity, students analyze the use of lines and colors by Mondrian in his art. Pupils create their artwork in the style of Mondrian.
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Toothpick Art

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students review primary colors and practice making straight lines. In this visual arts lesson, students paint simple shapes as large as a toothpick, using specific primary colors. During the construction of the shapes students are...
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Sea-ing More Clearly

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Explore works of art with your class by engaging them in a variety of artistic activities including papier-mache sculpture, poetry, performance, and more. After viewing and discussing four paintings of the sea by Robert Harris, learners...
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Place Value Collage

For Teachers 3rd Standards
How can art represent math? Use a lesson plan on place value collages to illustrate the different meanings that numbers have in their designated places. Kids observe photographs and paintings that show place value, then work on their own.
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Learning Probability Through Media Arts

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders compare experimental results with predicted results. In this probability lesson, 4th graders list the different possible musical arrangements. They create a musical composition based on sequence given.
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The Concept of Identity Lesson 8: Propaganda in Visual Media

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Visual and print propaganda are featured in a instructional activity that asks readers of A Separate Peace to examine the techniques used in propaganda from World War I, World War II, presidential elections, and in the novel.
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Let's Have a Quilting Bee!

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Math is an art form! Display your class's knowledge of geometric shapes, reflectional symmetry, and textile design with a math quilt.
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The American Wilderness? How 19th Century American Artists Viewed the Separation of Civilization and Nature

For Teachers 9th - 11th
The attitudes of European settlers toward the American wilderness, as reflected in art and literature, is the focus of this resource packet designed for teachers. Included in the unit overview you will find lists or paintings and works...
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Understanding Symmetry Through Visual Art

For Teachers 5th
Have you noticed how math and art are often intertwined? Study how artists create balance and order in their designs and artworks. They complete a radial design project and study examples of symmetry and examples of fractions or...
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Realistic Impressions: Investigating Movements in the Visual Arts

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars explore the idea of movements in the visual arts and differentiate between some of the most well known movements in Western art. The lesson focuses on what makes a painting an example of a particular movement.
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Extended Performance Task: Tile Floors

For Students 4th Standards
Mathematicians help tile a bathroom and create a layout using graph paper and their knowledge of area in an assessment designed with several performance tasks that build upon one another. 
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Cubist Legacies

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
This image rich presentation can help you lead a lively and visually stunning lecture on the impact of the Cubist movement. Each slide contains a single image which exemplifies cubism or one of its six following manifestations. You'll...
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My Treehouse

For Teachers K - 3rd
If you could build your own treehouse, what would it look like? Using a piece of contemporary art as inspiration, learners draw their own treehouses and add geometric and organic shapes. The lesson touches on Visual Thinking Strategies...
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Fact Sheet: The First Globe

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Where did actors perform plays during Shakespeare's era? Using the handout, pupils learn about London's historical Globe Theatre and discover which of Shakespeare's plays actors performed there. Scholars also explore the cause of the...
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Fact Sheet: Playhouses

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Laborers used common materials to build London's first performance venues, including sticks, plaster, and ... hair? Using an informational handout, scholars learn about the construction of different types of playhouses where actors...
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Looking and Learning in the Art Museum — Lesson 3

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Curator, artist, art handler, archivist, conservator-restorer, guide. Who would have thought there were so many different kinds of museum professionals? After a visit to an art museum, class members reflect on the role of the museum in...
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Combining Clouds and Art in the Classroom

For Teachers 2nd - 8th
Get your head in the clouds before teaching cloud types to your mini-meteorologists. The lesson opens with a beautiful PowerPoint presentation of clouds portrayed in different artists' paintings. After viewing artistic renditions,...
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Antebellum American Art

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Dividing the art of the Antebellum period into several different genres, this vibrant presentation is sure to get your students' attention. It takes your students on a walk through an art museum with famous paintings, architecture, and...
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The Three Little Kittens

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Students practice their performing arts by acting out a story in class. In this visual storytelling lesson, students read the story Three Little Kittens in class and discuss the actions of the story. Students read aloud the story again...
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Inspired Multiplication - Beginning Multiplication and Formulating Story Problems

For Teachers 3rd
Beginning multiplication is introduced to learners in 3rd grade by using the software, Inspiration. They will explore the concept of repeated addition to factors of a number. They design a story problem involving multiplication and use...
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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.  In 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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Hide and Seek, Thomas Cole, Dream of Arcadia

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Students examine and interpret a piece of artwork. In this art lesson plan, students examine a picture of Thomas Cole's painting, Dream of Arcadia. They identify light and dark areas in the painting before playing an imaginary game of...
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Arbitrary Arrangements: Daniel Sprick's Release Your Plans

For Teachers K - 5th
Learners investigate abstract artists as storytellers.  In this art analysis instructional activity, students observe the small details in the painting called "Release Your Plans" by Daniel Sprick.  Learners collaborate in groups to...