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    • A Wall in the Middle Ground

      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 Paul Gauguin's The Yellow Christ, 1889
      To talk about paintings, especially narrative paintings (those that tell a story), we often divide images into three sections—the foreground, the middle ground, and the background. The foreground refers to the space closest to the viewer, the background is the area farthest away, and the middle ground is everything in between. This lesson plan explores these concepts and includes discussion exercises and creative writing activities.

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    • Art for Remembering

      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 Language

      Featuring Robert Rauschenberg's Ace, 1962
      Robert Rauschenberg, one of the twentieth century’s most prolific and well-known artists, lived in New York City during the 1950s and 1960s. This lesson plan explores the invention of what he called “combines”—semi-abstract compositions combining Abstract Expressionist–style painting with real world objects he collected during walks throughout the city—and provides an opportunity for students to create and present "combines" about their own experiences.

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    • Blue Sky, Blue Wall

      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; Mathematical Practice

      Featuring Jim Dine’s Child’s Blue Wall, 1962
      Jim Dine’s Child’s Blue Wall combines sculpture and painting. It is both a realistic depiction of a child’s bedroom and an abstract painting of a night sky. This lesson plan explores how Dine accomplished these two ideas in the same work of art, and gives students a chance to try making similar works themselves.

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    • Can It!?

      For Grades 3–5

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

      Featuring Andy Warhol's 100 Cans, 1962
      Pop artists used consumer products, advertising, and popular culture icons as the major source for subject matter in their art. Between 1962 and 1967, Andy Warhol painted soup cans, both individually and in groups. 100 Cans is one of the last images he painted by hand before turning to silkscreen printing methods. This lesson contains activities that teach elementary math concepts, as well as the visual arts concept of multiple images.

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    • Capturing the Light and Color of a Moment in Time

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

      Featuring Claude Monet’s Chemin de halage à Argenteuil (Tow-Path at Argenteuil), ca. 1875
      Claude Monet was an Impressionist living in France in the late 1800s who wanted to capture the light and atmosphere of a specific moment in time, often painting outdoors. Impressionists used new methods of mixing colors based on contemporary scientific writings about optics. This lesson plan explores optical mixing, painting the same subject under different conditions of light, and the short choppy brushstrokes used by the Impressionists.

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    • Color that MOVES!

      For Grades 6–12

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

      Featuring Bridget Riley's Sequel, 1975
      Bridget Riley is known for her experimentation with shapes and colors in paintings that seem to move and change color before our eyes. Students will experience the effects of the optical illusions that Sequel generates, learn some of the science behind why they work, and use similar strategies to create their own op art—art that uses the science of sight to create optical effects.

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    • Compare and Contrast: It’s All in the Details

      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 Writing; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Language

      Featuring Three Sculptures of Horses
      This lesson uses three small sculptures of horses by three different artists to give students practice in comparing and contrasting, in gathering and presenting data, and in integrating information to interpret works of art.

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    • Create Your Own Sculpture

      For Grades 4–12

      Visual Arts; 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 Three Sculptures of Horses
      This lesson uses three small sculptures of horses by three different artists to give students inspiration to create their own animal sculptures and poems.

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    • Culture Collage

      For Grades 4–12

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

      Students will learn about Greek culture and its influence, and create a Jirí Kolár–inspired collage.

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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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