Art lesson plans

17
Oct

Mini Art Lesson: Dia de los Muertos

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Dia de los Muertos is a holiday for people to celebrate their loved ones who have died. Families make art of different types to decorate the graves of the relatives as well as altars honoring the dead. The art of Dia de los Muertos is characterized by vibrant colors, skulls and skeletons, and flowers, especially […]

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04
Nov

A new art lesson inspired by the work of Ruth Asawa

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After months of rigorous research, development and testing Art in Action has added a new art lesson based on the sculpture of Japanese-American artist and California native Ruth Asawa (1926-2013). Asawa’s work helped change the definition of sculpture. In 1950 she submitted an artwork made of her signature looped-wire to the San Francisco Museum of […]

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14
Oct

Reflections — Jeffrey Dollinger, Executive Director

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One of the things I love most about Art in Action is the way that it allows the entire school community to reflect on what is important to them in education.  Art makes the deepest impact in a school where the teachers, parents and students collaborate to provide space for creativity and expression.   Space […]

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14
Oct

art in action featured in education magazine

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Program Manager Kelly Bravo’s article: STEAM ON! Designing Art Lessons that Integrate with Core Curriculum was recently featured in Education Closet’s STEAMed digital magazine.  The article takes the reader through how we created our new Spirals in Nature lesson as Kelly provides advice on how to work with subject specialists, parent volunteers and classroom teachers […]

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05
Aug

Mini Art Lesson: ‘Whale’ look at that!

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Although summer is ending and a new school year is beginning, here’s a fun art lesson that looks to the ocean for inspiration. Your students will learn about whales and endangered species, discuss concepts of photography and create their own 3-D whale! Enjoy the lesson here.

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20
May

Mini Art Lesson: Henri Matisse’s Beasts of the Sea

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Discover the Sea with Matisse As we head towards summer, what better way to bring learning outside by discovering sea life with our May free art lesson plan about the ocean? Explore the beauty of spirals, patterns, and geometric shapes of the underwater world through our fun art project creating a sea life collage based on […]

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14
May

Art and the Migration of Ideas

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Memorial Day will soon be here, marking the beginning of summer and the end of another school year. Memorial Day, of course, was created to remember the sacrifices soldiers have made on behalf of America. It seems fitting then, that we take a moment to reflect on our fifth grade curriculum in which students take a tour […]

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13
Apr

Mini Art Lesson: Diego Rivera’s La Piñata

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  Spring has sprung, the perfect time of the year for a fiesta and another free spring art lesson! Add a burst of sunshine to the day with this fun art project creating an Aztec sun based on discussions of Mexican artist Diego Rivera’s La Piñata. Use this festive art project to celebrate Earth Day […]

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03
Feb

Connectivity STEAM & Arts Integration Online Conference

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Join Art in Action Program Manager Kelly Bravo this Saturday, February 7 at the Connectivity STEAM & Arts Integration Online Conference where she will be discussing the process of designing a new curriculum unit with STEAM integration at its core called “Spirals in Nature:  The Collision of Art and Gardening Science.” This engaging virtual conference brings together teachers from […]

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15
Jan

Free Art Lesson Plan for MLK Day!

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This MLK Jr. holiday, we celebrate Dr. King’s unbounded spirit of dreaming and the belief that ‘anyone can fly’ with a free fun art project based on American artist and author Faith Ringgold’s Tar Beach.  Faith is featured in our Fifth Grade lessons.  Enjoy this free activity with your class at school or your children […]

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