Title of Lesson: Art History, Criticism

Grade Level:


Subject Area:

Art History

Instructional Goal:

Students to learn about various art movements and to appreciate all styles of art.

Submitted By:

Bobette Lovinggood Guillory

*student examples

Rationale Supply List Learning Strategies Communicate Results
Performance Objectives Computer Hardware and Software Required Prerequisite Student Skills Evaluation Procedures
Instructional Strategies Resources Time Frame Set New Challenge
Preparation Related WWW Sites Career Connections

Rationale: Looking at art books students read and discuss the information in them that pertains to various art movements.

Performance Objectives:

Students will write about the art movement they choose using word processing in ClarisWorks.

Students will complete an artwork as an example of a major art movement or art style using various resources and ClarisWorks.

Instructional Strategies:

Introduction: Begin discussion about how art/technology connect in creating art pieces. Demonstrate how to use the World Wide Web and search through it to find different art movements in history. How can technology be used to find and create art?

Instructional Activities/Studio:


Teacher gathers art books and art history resources for students. Teacher makes WWW bookmarks of web sites to show students in class. Posters, art museum videos and laser disc about art are gathered by the teacher.

Supply List:

Newsprint paper

Computer Hardware and Software Required:

ClarisWorks, computer printer and Internet connection. Art CD-ROMs and encyclopedias.


Art History CD-ROM suggestions:

With Open Eyes, Voyager, Inc. (with Art Institute of Chicago) http://www.voygercom

The Renaissance of Florence, EMME, U.S., Stanford,CT http://www.emme.com

Exploring Modern Art, Attica Cybernetics, Ltd. (with the Tate Gallery), Chatsworth, CA


History Through Art, Zane Publishing, Dallas, TX

The Hermitage:Art Treasures Tour, Cascade Marketing Int'l, Wenatchee, WA

Great Artist (with the National Gallery of Art, London) Attica Cybernetics, Ltd., Chatsworth, CA






Related WWW Sites

World Wide Arts Resources http://wwar.com/ Links to hundreds of museums and galleries.
WebMuseum, Paris http://sunsite.unc.edu/wm/  

Famous paintings can be viewed here

National Museum of American Art http://www.nmaa.si.edu There are over 1,000 works of art from the Smithsonian here.
World Wide Web Virtual Library: Museums http://www.comlab.ox.ac.uk:80/archive/other/museums.html Links to museums all over the world.
Museum of Modern Art  http://www.moma.org Look at paintings, drawings, and sculpture here.

Learning Strategies:

The lesson is introduced by the teacher using art resources to show different art movements. Student discuss their likes and dislikes and where they have seen these different "looks" before. How can technology be used to create the same effect? The teacher should break the class into groups to view the books and CD-ROMs with art images in them. The class can make a list of the various art movements and students can decide which they would like to try to create an original image using the style of the art movement.

As the students work, the art teacher should give feedback constantly.

As the art is printed, it should be shared with the class and posted in areas of similar art movements.

Students should gather from this lesson a general idea of each art movement's style.

Prerequisite Student Skills:

Computer skills using ClarisWorks word processing and draw/paint.

Time Frame:

2 1/2 weeks

Career Connections:

Artist, Art Historian

Communicate Results:

Students art work is displayed and group discussed their art projects and the art movement that they learned about.

Evaluation Procedures:

Student's ability to understand the particular art movement they researched shows as they give oral presentation about the art movement. Students show the art as they discuss their research. Students should evaluate their own work and make comments about each other's images that suggest the style of an art movement.

Set New Challenge:

For a fun extension, students can draw pictures, scan them into ClarisWorks paint and paint their own pictures.

Lesson Links:

Pointalist Portraits

Use digital camera images or photocopies of student school pictures to make 4-6 self-portrait images.


Finding Your Feelings

This lesson is a great way for students to see the various ways that elements in art can be used to capture a feeling (or "soul") in an artwork.


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