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  • Accenting the Negative Space in Ceramics (Authored by Deborah Walther.)

  • Subject(s): Visual Arts (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students apply knowledge of the elements of design and hand building techniques in clay to illustrate the concept of negative space by cutting shapes out of the form to create an intricate pattern.

  • Architecture Makes an Imprint (Authored by Kim Salesses.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Visual Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students will explore architecture of the world, uses of buildings and discuss architecture as a career. Students will work in cooperative groups and present their findings to the class.

  • Break Down (Authored by Mary Borges.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Visual Arts (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students apply their understanding of the elements of plot structure and conflict to cooperatively create storyboards and speak effectively as they present their products.

  • Brown Bag It (Authored by Deborah Walther.)

  • Subject(s): Visual Arts (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students draw an object relying only on their sense of touch and imagination and then draw it again using their powers of observation to create a detailed study of the object. Comparisons are then made of the two drawings.

  • Chris' Culture Club Cruise (Authored by Christine Broyles.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Visual Arts (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Ride the virtual highway on a field trip to museums, cultural centers, and exhibition spaces to discover exciting roles of public and private facilities. Follow various links on a cultural cruise of new knowledge and make local connections.

  • Class Quilt (Authored by Joy Whithaus.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies, Visual Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This activity will promote acceptance of diversity within the classroom through the creation of a class quilt. Students will evaluate the final product to find commonalities with other students.

  • Contour Drawing (Authored by Becky Hill.)

  • Subject(s): Visual Arts (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students will be introduced to Contour Drawing. They will view examples and non-examples of student contour drawings. After a demonstration of correct technique, the students will produce contour drawings of the top side of their hand.

  • Creating Tessellations (Authored by Diane Bates.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies, Visual Arts (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Explore the history of tessellations; then use art and geometry to create an original tessellation.

  • Drawing with Scissors like Matisse (Authored by Belinda Brown.)

  • Subject(s): Visual Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Snip colorful pieces of paper into a cut-work creation that expresses something you love or makes your heart happy. Use the style of drawing with scissors like Matisse to design a colorful cut-work masterpiece that reflects your personality.

  • Fantasy Visualization (Authored by Mary Tomczak.)

  • Subject(s): Visual Arts (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This activity provides a unique way of brainstorming to get an idea. A group of artists known as the Surrealists used this game to give them ideas for their artworks.

  • Floating Forms Falling! (Authored by Wanda Perkins.)

  • Subject(s): Visual Arts (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: The student draws the five basic three-dimensional forms using tools (pencil, ruler, compass, protractor, etc.) and techniques (value application) proficiently and in a safe, responsible manner.

  • Formation of Fossil Fuels (Authored by Carol Houck.)

  • Subject(s): Science, Visual Arts (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students investigate the process of fossil fuel formation.

  • Honk If You Love Writing (... and Bumper Stickers!) (Authored by Jeannie Overby.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Visual Arts (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: In this activity, students collect and create bumper stickers and examine how they influence people.

  • How Does Art Feel (Authored by Lynne Locke.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Visual Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Bristly and rough or soft and smooth, most anything we can feel can be portrayed in a work of art as a texture. Imaginary or real, texture can add excitement and interest to your creation.

  • Integrating Language Arts, Health, and Visual Art (Authored by Antonio Fernandez.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Visual Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: A 4th grade art lesson using health education ideas is modified to include a language arts activity and computer work.

  • Junk to You, Art to Me (Authored by Deborah Walther.)

  • Subject(s): Visual Arts (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: The student will create a sculpture or relief by assembling found objects using the appropriate media, techniques, and tools that express a definite theme or idea, utilizing the elements and principles of design specified in the Art Production Criteria.

  • Laying the Groundwork: ART Installation (Authored by Debi Barrett-Hayes.)

  • Subject(s): Visual Arts (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students create a large-scale installation on the lawn or grounds of the school environment. Excitement is heightened by making humorous creations that use highly recognizable, appropriated images of art.

  • Lesson on Wayne Thiebaud (Authored by Todd Hauser.)

  • Subject(s): Visual Arts (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: This activity is designed to introduce art students to a lesser-known contemporary artist. Students view the artist’s work in order to form opinions and share in class discussions. They also critique some of the artists work using the Linderman method and recreate the artist’s style of work with their own paintings.

  • Let's Call It Automatic (Authored by Mary Tomczak.)

  • Subject(s): Visual Arts (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This activity exhibits the art room's version of “Pop-Up” video. The students create two products that are done automatically. In each activity, the students draw or write whatever “pops up” in their minds in a timed session.

  • Mondrian and Matisse: Combining Styles (Authored by Deborah Walther.)

  • Subject(s): Visual Arts (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students create artwork using the pure elements of line, shape, and color as the subject matter. The artwork is then cut or torn into organic shapes which are then glued onto a background paper, leaving areas of paper showing in the composition.

  • Pennies of My Life Part II (Authored by Jeanne Barber-Morris.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Visual Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students write and construct their own autobiographies, based on [The Hundred Penny Box] by Sharon Bell Mathis. Sunshine State Standards used are narrative writing, peer editing, and writing process steps. This is the second part of a two-part project lesson.

  • People Behind the Masks (Authored by David Worrell.)

  • Subject(s): Visual Arts (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: A visual presentation with teacher commentary introduces the students to the art of maskmaking and develops the students’ understanding of the world cultures that have produced the masks.

  • Picture This (Authored by Paula Willis.)

  • Subject(s): Visual Arts (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Picture This!! Explore creative ideas for illustrating children's books using innovative and unusual objects for illustrating juvenile stories.

  • Pinch Pot Possibilities (Authored by Deborah Walther.)

  • Subject(s): Visual Arts (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students create round pinch pots with lids that have uniform shape and overall surface designs that emphasize line.

  • Pop into My Community (Authored by Julie McBride.)

  • Subject(s): Visual Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: An intro to shapes, architecture, and depth in art. Students distinguish cityscapes from seascapes & landscapes and explore the features of a community. Then, they create a pop-up paper city showing foreground, middleground, and background

  • Predictions, Predictions, and More Predictions (Authored by Monica McManus.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Visual Arts (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students pose questions about the subject of a short story based on the title and cover illustration; then read the story and determine if their questions actually pertained to the story line, and, if so, how the story answered the questions.

  • Propaganda Flyer (Authored by Catyn Coburn.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Visual Arts (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students create a persuasive flyer to sway the opinion of the class on a controversial issue.

  • Realistic Leather Projects in Clay (Authored by Deborah Walther.)

  • Subject(s): Visual Arts (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students bring an object made of leather and recreate it in clay, relying on observation skills and problem-solving skills to make it as realistic as possible.

  • Stained Glass Painting with Tempera Resist (Authored by Deborah Walther.)

  • Subject(s): Visual Arts (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students are introduced to the art of Louis Comfort Tiffany and produce a work of art inspired by Tiffany using tempera and ink, recognizing the characteristics of each medium and contrasting examples of paintings with Tiffany’s artworks.

  • Texture, Texture, Read All About It (Authored by Deborah Walther.)

  • Subject(s): Visual Arts (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students use clay to create a slab vase with a surface design that emphasizes the elements shape and texture.

  • The Incredible Flexible Line (Authored by Lynne Locke.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Visual Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Swirly, curly, or straight as an arrow, lines can be whatever you want them to be. Students discover the excitement of working with one of design's most flexible elements, the line.

  • The Origins of Heraldry (Authored by Cynthia Youngblood.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Visual Arts (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students design shields for personal coats of arms which depict themselves and then explain their shields to the class in an informal presentation.

  • The Real Me! (Authored by Scott Reeve.)

  • Subject(s): Visual Arts (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students examine and understand who they are and communicate that person to the viewer through the use of the visual arts.

  • The Secrets Photos Keep (Authored by Cynthia Youngblood.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Visual Arts (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students examine family photos to find hidden clues, answering questions about the photos and writing essays on how photos can be a powerful tool in helping them learn about the past and unearth critical truths.

  • What Do You See on Your Mind’s Screen? (Authored by Cathy McIntyre.)

  • Subject(s): Visual Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Did you know that the human mind is more creative than a television, movie or computer screen? Using the elements of art, students communicate ideas by creating unique pictures with sufficient manipulative skills after listening to or reading a poem.

  • Wheels and Rainbows (Authored by Lynne Locke.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Visual Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Whirling in wheels or soaring in rainbows, colors used in art are highly organized! Learn how to use the color wheel system to bring excitement and meaning to your very own artwork!

  • Why Do Art? (Authored by Cathy McIntyre.)

  • Subject(s): Visual Arts (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Does art have a purpose, or is it just a leisure time activity? After understanding the multiple purposes for creating works of art by fine artists, designers and craftspeople, students distinguish examples of each occupation.

  • Yes, There Really Was a Santa! (Authored by Shirley Godbold.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies, Visual Arts (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students read a selection concerning Santa Claus and the orgin of the Jolly Old Elf in the United States.They will also create their own version of a new and modern Santa Claus that will remain in the American culture.

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