Resource Links By Topic
Environmental Art & Issues is a Delicious stack which houses many links to related research material, Eco-artists, environmental art lessons and contemporary artist sites.
Art can Change Our World is a curated stack of websites relating to the power art has in our world. This stack is curated by Jennifer Sams
Art is a reflection of life
This unit of instruction was created by Allison Enchanove for implementation in a middle school art curriculum. However, its content and activities can easily be applied to a high school art class. The lessons are designed to give student the opportunity to identify what empathy is, how it can be seen in art, and express their understandings through the creation of an artwork. The essential questions that are answered through this unit are
*Does art reflect empathy?
* Can empathy be fostered through visual images?
* Does empathy move us to action?
* What triggers empathy in art?
George Segal Bread Line
This site discusses Segal's sculpture as it is both documentary of it's time and commentary about it as well.
Museum Education - Resources is a curated stack of web links relating to Art Museum education. This stack is curated by Jennifer Sams.
Created by Karissa Farrell, Tiffany Ricks and Stephanie Wirt to explore the big idea of transformation. The focus of the unit is on the symbolic, psychological and biological transformations seen and experienced by humans and animals. The unit is composed of six lessons to include one student research component, discovery and reflective writing assignments, small and large group discussions and two art production assignments.
Created by Deborah Brock, Hilary Meyers, Erin Simpson-Krar, and Melinda Turnbull as a unit based on the big idea of adaptability. The essential questions that are addressed with in this unit are
* How do people physically adapt to their circumstances? Mentally? Emotionally? Socially?
* How do artists adapt to available technologies and materials?
* How do cultures adapt to other cultures?
* How is adaptation important to survival?
* In what ways do humans adapt to different environments?
* Why do humans role play adapt to various social groups by changing their appearance and behavior?
American Artist dealing with identity, adaption and transformations. Brooklyn-based artist Kate Clark explores the nature of humanity . . . and vice versa
This site is a review of an exhibition of Clark's sculptures.
Symbolism, Stories, and You
Created by Leah Taylor, this site contains a unit of study based on symbols in art. This web site outlines a unit of instructions based on the following essential questions.
* How does combining symbols create a new meaning or tell a story?
* How can animals, patterns or colors be used to symbolize meaning?
* How can we use symbols to tell our own stories?
War, Conflict and Resolution
The Art of War - How did artists paint and see war throughout history? The site is a starting point for an investigation of Goya’s Third of May and Picasso’s Guernica. Links from this page will elaborate on how to look at and discuss art. http://www.artmuseums.com/currentevents.htm
Surrender of Breda by Diego Velazquez This site analyzes Velazquez’s painting depicting a previous battle victory. - http://www.wga.hu/tours/spain/index6.html
Art 21 on War and Conflict – Lesson plans and teacher resources for use with units dealing with war and conflict. http://www.pbs.org/art21/education/war/lesson3.html
Contemporary Conflict and Resolution
Web site created by Karissa Ferrell. Teachers will find a solid unit of instruction for a high school art class. The essential questions addressed are
* What causes conflict in society?
* What are some examples of conflict from the world around you, including your everyday life?
* How do artists represent or define a side of a conflict using symbols, words, and actions to convey political or social beliefs?
* What are the results of conflict?
* When is conflict bad, can conflict be good?
* What does it take to resolve conflict?
* Why are there more representations of conflict than of resolution?
Contemporary artist dealing with issues of war, humanity, memorials and social issues. He is most known for his projection artworks in which he projects images onto buildings to question the function of memorials and public spaces.
* Art 21 on Wodiczko - Biography, Videos, Artworks and interviews can be found at
* Biography - http://art-history.concordia.ca/eea/artists/wodiczko.html
* Analysis of Wodiczko’s projection works - http://www.art-for-a-change.com/Krzysztof/krzy.htm
Contemporary Artists working within the concept of identity.
This site is a Pinterest Board of Contemporary Artists dealing with the concept of identity.
Identity and Society
Identity and Society is a curated stack of websites relating to the concept of identity
Who am I?
The National Gallery of Art presents lesson plans, printable worksheets, artist biographical information and a glossary for arts instruction dealing with the concept of identity as seen in the self-portrait. Featured Artists: Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Judith Leyster, David A. Siqueiros, Andy Warhol The lesson plan is geared towards middle school but could easily be adapted to high school. hytp://www.nga.gov/education/classroom/self_portraits/
A Window Into My World
This is a year long curriculum I created for a high school advanced art class using the big idea of identity. The curriculum is divided into four nine weeks quarters each addressing different aspects of what shapes an individual's identity.
American Artist of Mexican descent creates sculptures relating to his ethnicity and Mexican /American culture.
Boarder Crossings (1989)
This sculpture features an interpretation of the path into America made by his parents. This web page also features discussion questions that can be used in a small or large group inquiry.
Widely known as the artist who transforms himself into the Mona Lisa and movie actresses, Yasumasa Morimura has won international acclaim for his unique and avant-garde expression of 'beauty'. Since 1985, his focus has been his 'self-portrait series', consisting of unique reconstructions of art masterpieces in which the subject's face is substituted with that of Morimura himself. Through careful study and analysis of the themes, artists, and historical background of these works, Morimura searches out their raison d'etre and transforms them according to his own interpretations. His ability to deconstruct, subvert and simultaneously create an homage is what enables his work to continually defy categorization.
"Miss Representation’s Curriculum gives media literacy a much needed gender focus. The curriculum asks girls and boys alike to think about the effects of the images they see—particularly the ways media affects women and girls’ ability to see themselves as leaders and be seen as leaders by others in society." K-12 Curriculum that explores the power of the media in shaping female gender identity. Students will learn how to decode the messages sent by the media they are exposed to every day.