Middle school grades art lesson plans. Grade 6-8 (ages 11-14 years). Middle school. KinderArt.com We've gathered and listed all of our Middle School art lesson plans below. These activities are best suited for Grades 6-8 - or - ages 11-14 years. However, grade levels are given as a guideline only. Lessons are always adaptable. Find other age/grade groups HERE. ART APPRECIATIONK-8 Ward has a clever way of teaching students that everyone has a different opinion of art. BE A CURATOR - HAVE AN ART SHOW all ages An art curator is someone who works in a gallery or museum and is in charge of building art collections, researching art information, writing about art and placing artwork within gallery spaces. BULLETIN BOARDS all ages A growing list of ideas (many of them art themed) for you to use in your classroom. CREATING THE MOOD OF CREATIVITY all ages Whether you are an art-on-a-cart instructor or a classroom teacher, here are a few simple extras that will allow you to utilize your environment to the creative max! HOW ARTISTS SEE K-8 Sponsored by Abbeville Press. SKETCHBOOKS!
Elementary Digital Music For the past few weeks, I have enjoyed looking forward to my 'Music with Computers' after-school class on Wednesdays, for 2nd through 6th grade students. It's a ten week course. During the first five weeks, I introduced various creation tools. The second half is for exploration, experimentation, composition, and creation. The availability of intuitive, expressive, professional, free sound creation tools is exploding. Synthesizer SiON SoundObject Quartet is an awesome Flash-based synthesizer and mini-sequencer and was the first tool I introduced. I was lucky to study electronic music with classic analog synthesizers and can confidently say that SiON SoundObject is the next best thing, and significantly easier to use. Drum Machine Drum Machines have become the backbone of popular music. Virtual Studio Soundation is a virtual studio, sequencer, and social network, all in one. Play Anywhere Connectivity
Improving Schools: The Hierarchy of Motivation By Sean Slade When we hear the word motivation, we think of inspiring speeches. We think of verbally inspiring our students to put forth effort and reach for the stars. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” “Carpe diem. Are we missing crucial steps between inspiration and achievement? This month on the Whole Child Podcast, I spoke with author Richard Curwin and ASCD Emerging Leaders Ashanti Foster and John Hines, and followed up with a one-on-one conversation with Baruti Kafele: all on the topic of motivation. Hope Too often schools focus on the top of the hierarchy—challenge—and ignore the foundation. Both talked about how motivation starts with relationships and knowing who your students are. Attitude toward students (do I believe in them?) Relevance The conversations also covered making meaning, connections, and relevance. Challenge
5 Ways to teach children art around the worldMulticultural Kid Blogs I got fascinated in teaching art and great artists/artworks to my children since they were 3 and 4 years old. This coincided with taking the course “Making Thinking Visible” from Wideworld Harvard and I instantly fell in love with the idea of using art to understand children’s thinking and to make their learning “visible” not just in school but also at home. What started as an idea to integrate art and thinking became a family experience at looking at artworks from famous artists and knowing the techniques used, perception of the artist and what was happening during that period. After writing my post on Top 5 Reasons Why We Teach Our Kids ART at Home, I decided to share with you my Top 5 Ways in Teaching Culture Through Art. The previous day, I decided to go near to our family’s lineage and introduce a Serbian artist to my kids (and their Serbian friends). Lana Jelenjev is a freelance educational consultant who recently got diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 37. by
Putting Art On the Map - A Google Maps and Earth Activity When I conduct workshops on Google Maps and Google Earth I always point out that the uses for those tools extend beyond the realm of geography and history. I was reminded of that point by reading a recent post on Maps Mania. That post featured maps of art galleries around the world. A variation on that theme would have students creating maps of art and artists around the world. Students can map the locations of where a piece of art is housed, where it was created, where the artist lived, and the places that inspired the artist. This project can be accomplished by using either Google's My Maps (formerly Maps Engine Lite), Google Earth Tour Builder, or Google Earth.
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Adinkra Cloth | Make your own adinkra cloth I have loved reading about and seeing the various textile crafts in West Africa. And we're having fun recreating them as well. This time we "recreated" Adinkra cloth, beautiful traditional cloth of the Ashanti culture. Adinkra (ah-DEENK-rah) cloth is a hand-printed and hand stamped traditional cloth made in Ghana. It was also traditionally known as a mourning cloth, typically worn to funerals. "Cloth was typically worn to funerals, white cloth with symbols for funerals of old people who have had good long llives; black (now usually silkscreened adinkra cloth) is worn for funerals of younger people to show sadness at their early demise." - Cynthia Samake, BTS Adventures Adinkra symbols each have a special meaning, some of which have been used for over 200 years. The stamps are made from calabashes (gourds) that are cut into pieces and hand carved with a design. You can read about the many uses of the calabash gourds in our earlier post here. To make Adinkra Cloth, you will need:
Niice. A search engine with taste. Building a Professional Development Hub for your School- Part 1- Why? Teachers and administrators struggle to find time to work together in a meaningful way. There are plenty of meetings scheduled. Many teachers leave these meetings though with the feeling of “could have spent my time doing more important things”. How do we squeeze in one more meeting to help teachers grow as professionals? I am a strong advocate for educators experiencing the type of learning they want to expose, inspire, support in their students’ learning. If education for the “now” and for the future demands that schools and educators prepare our citizens Building an online professional development hub/community for your school as a platform will give your faculty the opportunity to experience exactly this type of learning. I will explore this topic in a series of blog posts: Why would you want to invest time and resources into building an online professional development hub for your school? Related Blogfolios: The Glue that Can Hold it All Together in Learning 3. In "Digital Portfolios" 26.
IB Visual Arts: Thinking Thematic Different artist's versions This is a fun way to help students to see how different artists approach the same topic, and how history and culture play a role in this. Start a thread of images Pick a topic and a few key art works, then let students build on this by adding more art works to the collection. an example of a thread Artists painting themselves ( this is different from any old self portraits in that the artists are catching themselves IN THE ACT of painting) gallery slideshow image size and resolution vary as they come from different internet sources If you keep several of these threads going on a virtual bulletin board like pinterest, then when students are looking for works to compare they can go here for ideas. Other topics for starting a thematic thread of images from art history Gardens of Eden Deathbeds Road trips The Kiss The Odalisque Mother and Child Last Judgements Departures Bathers Progress The artists studio Bridges Music Lessons