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    • Imagine Your Own Civilization

      For Grades K–12

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

      Featuring Charles Simonds's Number II (Ritual Furnace), 1978

      Charles Simonds imagines a race of people he calls the Little People, who have their own history, beliefs, and ways of life. His sculptures, such as Number II (Ritual Furnace), represent their environment and the architecture they create. Students will envision their own imaginary civilization and create sculptures to illustrate their ways of life.

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    • It All Adds Up to Art

      For Grades 5–12

      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 Writing; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Language

      Lorna Simpson creates evocative works that examine how combinations of pictures and texts create new meanings that do not exist in the images or words alone. This lesson plan explores the concepts she works with, including African American history and contemporary culture, and suggests hands-on activities combining images and the written word.

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    • John Pfahl: Having Fun with Landscape Photography

      For Grades K–6

      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 John Pfahl's Moonrise over Pie Pan, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, 1977, and Great Salt Lake Angles, Great Salt Lake, Utah, 1977
      Students will learn about horizon lines in traditional landscapes and portraits, shadows and reflected light, and John Pfahl's Altered Landscapes. They will also create their own altered landscape photographs and portraits and write creative narratives to accompany them.

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    • John Pfahl: Having Fun with Landscape Photography

      For Grades 7–12

      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; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Language

      Featuring John Pfahl's Moonrise over Pie Pan, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, 1977, and Great Salt Lake Angles, Great Salt Lake, Utah, 1977

      John Pfahl used creativity, strategic placement of objects, changing vantage points, and a sense of humor to create his Altered Landscape series of photographs. Students will learn about his artist statements and methods and then create their own series of photographs and artist statements.

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    • Kinetic Art Mobiles

      For Grades 3–12

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

      Featuring Alexander Calder's The Cone, 1960
      Students will become familiar with the artist Alexander Calder and his mobiles; discover Kinetic art, including mobiles and stabiles; increase awareness of recycling for the purposes of art; and create a hanging mobile with a focus on shapes and balance.

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    • Language of Art: The Written Word

      For Grades 9-12

      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; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Language

      Featuring Lesley Dill's Divide Light #2, 2002

      Lesley Dill creates sculptures that combine words and objects that are often inspired by poems or literature. This lesson focuses on a work of art inspired by "Divide Light," a poem by Emily Dickinson, and offers activities for artmaking and writing.

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    • Let’s Go Exploring!

      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; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Language

      Featuring Gustave Courbet's La Source de la Loue (The Source of the Loue), ca.1864
      This lesson plan uses activities that involve the sense of touch to inspire students to discuss their own experiences and to make art and write about those experiences in both informational and narrative styles and from a variety of perspectives. Additional activities can connect easily to science curriculum through the study of habitats and geology.

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    • Meditative Drawings

      For Grades 6–12

      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; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Language

      Featuring Agnes Martin's The Tree, 1965
      Although Agnes Martin's artwork looks very simple, she was concerned with communicating ideas and feelings, used the natural world as inspiration, and often referred to the meditative qualities of making her art. In this lesson, students will learn about meditation and make art inspired by Martin’s The Tree.

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    • Memory Collage

      For Grades 3–8

      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 Romare Bearden's Return of the Prodigal Son, 1967
      Students will become familiar with the artist Romare Bearden and his use of collage to create a narrative, compare two versions of the story “The Prodigal Son,” make connections between a narrative and the students’ own lives, and create collages that depict memories of students’ family, friends, or childhoods.

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    • Natural Materials

      For Grades K–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

      Featuring David Nash's Small Ladder, 1978
      Students will learn that artists like David Nash use natural materials such as wood to create works of art that incorporate principles of design such as balance, repetition, rhythm, and unity. They will collect their own natural materials and create works of art demonstrating their understanding of these principles.

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