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    • Visual Poetry: Mobiles and Stabiles

      For Grades K–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 Writing; Mathematics; Science; Technology; Mathematical Practice

      Featuring Alexander Calder's The Cone, 1960

      Alexander Calder invented two new kinds of sculpture: mobiles and stabiles. In The Cone, he combines elements of each—a stabile, or non-moving sculpture, connected to a mobile, or moving sculpture. In earlier moving sculptures he used motors, but in later sculptures he used only natural air currents and balance to create movement. In this lesson, students use their powers of observation and knowledge of mathematical practice and scientific inquiry to discover how the sculpture moves and balances, and then imaginatively express what they have observed through writing poetry.

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    • What’s Fair? Can You Decide?

      For Grades 3–12

      Visual Arts; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening; Music; Technology; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Language

      This lesson plan explores different methods of portraiture used by contemporary photographers and examines the issues of sampling and copyright in both music and art.

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    • Wide Awake Dreaming

      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; Mathematics; Science; Technology; Theater; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Language; Mathematical Practice

      Featuring Joan Miró's Carnaval d'Arlequin (Carnival of Harlequin), 1924–25
      This lesson plan explores how Joan Miró, a Surrealist artist, used dreams and the unconscious to create his whimsical, playful painting known as Carnival of Harlequin. It includes hands-on activities and discussion to encourage students to create their own imaginary creatures.

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    • Wired In!

      For Grades 9–12

      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

      Inspired by Sol LeWitt

      Students will learn about Conceptual art and create formulas using words and numbers that will serve as instructions to generate works of art. After they try to guess which formula generated which work of art, they will debate whether the idea or the end product is more important.

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