Art to Go Programs: Middle School
Early America: Artistry of a Young Nation
Most Americans in the 18th and early 19th centuries had severely limited resources, but found ways to make useful and attractive objects. A fancy pie plate and brass shoe buckles show how they beautified the items they needed to dress, eat, work, and learn.
Islamic Art: By Medium and Motif
(Available fall 2013)
Besides providing visual pleasure, art can inspire greater cultural understanding—crucial in today’s multicultural and multifaceted society. While not a comprehensive survey of Islamic art, this presentation highlights some key themes in Islamic art offering a window in time, geography, and culture.
The Japanese taste from simple, Zen-like tea bowls to more ornate lacquer boxes is illustrated through several media; and connections can be made between Japanese and Chinese culture and art.
Materials and Techniques of the Artist
This lesson describes the process for making color woodblock prints, for casting bronze, for blowing glass, cloisonne, and working with faience. As the processes are very complex, this is not recommended for very young audiences.
Points of Contact: Europe and the Americas
This lesson seeks to identify the geographic regions settled by France, England, and Spain, to identify the reasons settlers may have had to come to the New World, and the types of financial gain their backers hoped to realize by sending colonists there. Objects in the suitcase help students explore evidence of these native cultures early settlers brought with them, as well as ways we see these influences in our world today.
Problem Solving: What in the World?
This is an extremely interactive lesson where students are prompted to answer questions about art objects, such as "What is it made of? What does the design reveal about the culture that made it? How do you think it was used?" This encourages them to analyze the art objects and learn about the cultures that made them.