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    • Daedalus and Icarus: Two Perspectives

      Grades K–8

      Social Studies; Visual Arts; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Writing

      Students will learn about the ancient Greek story of Daedalus and Icarus, see how the story is depicted differently in two works of art, learn about Richard Hunt’s sculpture Icarus, and complete a drawing or writing activity inspired by Icarus.

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    • Dancing Flowers!

      For Grades K–3

      Visual Arts; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening; Dance; Mathematics; Science; Technology; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Language; Mathematical Practice

      Featuring Fernand Léger's The Walking Flower, 1951
      After learning about Fernand Léger’s sculpture, students will learn basic concepts of modern dance, create their own movements, select sounds or music, and combine all of these in a modern dance performance.

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    • Double Vision

      For Grades 9–12

      Social Studies; Visual Arts; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Language

      Featuring Pablo Picasso's La Toilette, 1906

      Pablo’s Picasso’s La Toilette is a loving portrait of Fernande Olivier, as well as a study in opposites and a reference to the history of art. In this lesson, students will discover the many levels of content in the painting through observation and discussion. Using photography, collage, and/or drawing, they will create their own portraits inspired by Picasso’s techniques for packing information into a visual work of art.

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    • Experiencing Sculpture

      Grades K–12

      Social Studies; Visual Arts; Health, Physical Education, Family, and Consumer Sciences; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening; Technology

      Featuring Mona Hatoum’s + and -, 1994–2004, Jennifer Steinkamp’s Untitled, 1993, and Erwin Wurm’s Jakob/Big Psycho VII, 2010
      Students will become familiar with three sculptures by Mona Hatoum, Jennifer Steinkamp, and Erwin Wurm, and observe and respond to sculpture through the use of discussion, writing, and artmaking.

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    • Experiencing Video Art

      Grades 6–12

      Social Studies; Visual Arts; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Writing; Technology

      Students will become familiar with the artist Kelly Richardson and her video work Twilight Avenger, 2008, and create a connection with Twilight Avenger through art, literature, and technology.

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    • Express Yourself!

      For Grades 3–5

      Social Studies; Visual Arts; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Writing; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Language

      Featuring Amedeo Modigliani’s La Jeune bonne (The Servant Girl), ca. 1918
      One of the most noticeable aspects of many of Amedeo Modigliani’s paintings of people is the way he depicts their eyes. Watching people’s eyes is one of the major ways that we recognize the range of human expression. This lesson plan explores themes of self-expression and communication through the eyes, as well as through colors, shapes, and lines.

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    • Feelings in Color

      For Grades 2–8

      Visual Arts; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening; Mathematics; Science; Technology; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Language; Mathematical Practice

      Featuring Mark Rothko's Orange and Yellow, 1956, and Jackson Pollock's Convergence, 1952
      This lesson is an exercise in looking and thinking; making comparisons and connections; and expressing emotions with colors, lines, and shapes. Comparing two expressive, abstract paintings from the 1950s, students will be encouraged to explore the different moods and feelings that can be created with line, color, and shape.

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    • Grid Self-Portrait

      For Grades 3–12

      Visual Arts; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Language; Mathematical Practice

      Featuring Chuck Close’s Janet, 1992
      Students will become familiar with the artist Chuck Close, his life, and his grid portrait paintings; use mathematic skills and tools to create a grid; use the grid system to transfer an image onto another paper through drawing skills; and create a self-portrait inspired by Close’s abstract shapes and colors.

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    • How Observant Are You?

      For Grades 3–12

      Social Studies; Visual Arts; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Language

      Featuring Tom Wesselmann's Still Life #20, 1962
      Pop artists of the 1960s encouraged people to look more closely at the everyday objects around them. How observant are your students? This lesson plan focuses on observation, memory, and home and classroom environments.

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    • If You Could Talk to the Animals

      For Grades 3–6

      Social Studies; Visual Arts; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Writing; Mathematics; Science; Technology; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Language

      Featuring Franz Marc's Die Wölfe (Balkankrieg) [The Wolves (Balkan War)], 1913
      This lesson plan includes activities designed to introduce students to looking, thinking, and drawing conclusions about a work of art. The plan could be used to complement curriculum areas such as social studies (politics, history, societal relations, etc.), science (animal characteristics, categorization, analysis, and drawing conclusions), or language arts.

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