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    • Paul Sharits: Thinking in a New Way about Movies

      For Grades 3–12

      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

      Featuring Paul Sharits's Frame Study 15: Study for "Specimen II," 1975
      Information about 16mm films made by Paul Sharits is packed into his two-dimensional drawings on graph paper. Students will learn about how film works to understand how to translate Sharits's drawings into information about his films. They will also create their own moving works of art, such as flip books, movies, or animation, and generate related informational drawings.

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    • Playing with the Grid

      For Grades 3–8

      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 Chuck Close’s Janet, 1992
      This lesson plan explores how Chuck Close uses photography and a mathematical grid to create his large portraits. Hands-on activities encourage students to create using the grid, during which they will learn about variation, repetition, experimentation, mathematical ratios, and the art term value.

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    • Putting It All Together

      For Grades 3–5

      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

      In this lesson plan, students compare three sculptures by Louise Nevelson. The differences between painting and sculpture are emphasized, and techniques for making paper sculpture are included for the hands-on activity. The sculptures can be displayed together and different lighting techniques used to learn about and discuss shadows.

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    • Seeing Feelings

      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 Writing; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Language

      Featuring Vincent van Gogh's La Maison de la Crau (The Old Mill), 1888
      Vincent van Gogh’s major contribution to the history of modern art in the second half of the nineteenth century was his use of color. He was one of the first artists to free color from a merely descriptive function; that is, objects did not have to be reproduced on canvas in their natural colors. This lesson plan contains hands-on exercises that explore the connections between color and emotions.

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    • Shape and Line Remix

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

      Inspired by Sol LeWitt

      Sol LeWitt used ideas as his artwork, a method of artmaking that has become known as Conceptual art. From each idea, many drawings, prints, or sculptures could be created. Students will use simple geometric shapes as creative starting points for drawings and sculptures and, through activities and discussion, will debate what is most important: the end product or the idea.

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    • The World Around Us

      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 Writing; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Language

      Featuring Robert Delaunay's Soleil, Tour, Aéroplane (Sun Tower, Airplane), 1913
      Sun, Tower, Airplane reflects Robert Delaunay’s enthusiasm for the technological developments of the time in which he lived. He reveled in the new, modern world, and celebrated it in his art. This lesson plan, written to be adapted for a variety of grade levels, will introduce your students to three significant technological feats of the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, and start them thinking about things in their own world that could change society forever.

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    • Three Ways to Make a Scene

      For Grades 4–12

      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

      Featuring André Derain's The Trees, ca. 1906; Stuart Davis's New York Waterfront, 1938; and Giorgio de Chirico's The Anguish of Departure, 1913–14
      Students will analyze landscapes by three artists. After learning about the horizon line, they will create their own painted and collaged landscapes inspired by one of the artists.

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    • Translating Art to Music

      For Grades 3–8

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

      Featuring Sonia Delaunay's Colored Rhythm, 1958

      Students will use Sonia Delaunay’s painting Colored Rhythm to explore musical concepts and as the source of information and inspiration for creating an original musical composition. An optional activity in which students create a fashion design is also included.

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    • Traveling Abroad

      For Grades 6–12, with adaptations 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 Eugéne Delacroix’s Street in Meknes, 1832
      This lesson plan explores differences between today’s culture and the cultures of both France and North Africa in the 1830s. The exercises include role-playing, writing, discussion, and making art.

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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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