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LESSON PLANS

The classroom activities offered in this section are designed to enrich classroom study of Art and were designed for middle and high school students. Each lesson could also be modified to be conducted at home. The lessons reference content that exists on the How Art Made the World website, the program series and other websites.

Each lesson includes learning objectives, related national content standards, a list of tools and materials needed, the time necessary to complete each lesson and additional online resources.

  1. PICTURING PEOPLE
    In this lesson, students will explore issues and ideas about the human body and its portrayal in many forms of media from comic books to paintings to book illustrations to movies and beyond.
  2. WHAT MAKES A FACE A FACE?
    Three classroom activities that allow students to consider the human figure from the simplest graphic depiction of a face or a body and how, through movement, the body can communicate.
  3. ART, ADVERTISING AND PROPAGANDA
    In this lesson, students will explore images and text in print advertisements and advertising campaigns and attempt to dissect the intended and unintended meanings. In addition, students will develop a fictitious political candidate and develop a campaign theme, image, and logo.
  4. SHOW AND TELL
    In these classroom activities, students will explore fictional characters—heroes, villains, movie stars, etc.—using collage, writing and music, and are encouraged to consider and discuss how they are similar, or different from themselves.
  5. FACING THE UNKNOWN
    The following activities focus on the concepts of recorded images, memory, death, and memorial.