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Art Across the Curriculum: Bilingual or Mainstream Classroom
Visual Arts Elementary School (K-1) Units
Thematic visual arts units taught across the curriculum to enrich the classroom, K-1. From Jesus M. Lopez, Gadsden, AZ School District

The Art of Illustrator Eric Carle
Visual Arts Elementary School Lesson Plan (Grade 1)
A three day lesson about illustrator Eric Carle, including discussions about book illustrations and a project creating a collage illustration.

Symmetrical Design: Pennsylvania Barn Signs
Visual Arts/Social Studies Elementary School Lesson Plan (Grade 2)
Students learn about symmetry by studying and making their own version of Pennsylvania barn signs.

Special Birds
Visual Arts/Science Elementary School Lesson Plan (Grades 2-3)
Using Audubon's paintings as motivation, students learn to how to draw feather textures. Lesson by Gay Kohl, Paradise Valley School District, AZ

Exploring Optical Movement in Art
Visual Arts/Mathematics Elementary School Lesson Plan (Grades 4,5,6)
Students examine OP Art and create their own work using a geometric shape. Lesson by Gay Kohl, Paradise Valley School District, AZ

Quilting
Visual Arts/Mathematics/Social Studies Elementary School Lesson Plan (Grade 5)
Students study the functional art of quilt making in their local community and the Amish communities of the 19th and 20th centuries, and then design their own quilt squares. In rural communities, such as Eager, Arizona, family members have quilted the squares for the students, helping them create a quilt for local senior citizens.

Drawing Shapes
Visual Arts Middle School Lesson Plan
Starting with a photograph, students trace shapes and then create and critique abstract art works.

Painting: Communicating Feelings through Shape and Color
Visual Arts Middle School Lesson Plan (Grade 6)
Students use positive and negative shapes created by their silhouette; then they add color, and symbols to express their feelings about being a sixth grader.

Creating a Pot: Repetition as a Unifying Design Element
Visual Arts Middle School Lesson Plan
Students develop symbols to tell their personal narrative; then they create a negative/positive border from the symbols to decorate a pot.

The Process of Art Criticism
Visual Arts High School Lesson Plan
Students describe, analyze, interpret, and evaluate Matisse's Red Room as preparation for drawing and critiquing the drawings of their own rooms.

Explorations in Art: Expressionism/Painting
Visual Arts High School Unit
A high school unit by Dr. Mary Stokrocki created for students to read online. The four lessons explore: 1) Art Criticism -- Description, Analysis, Technique, Interpretation, Judgment, 2) Oral Art History, 3) Creating Art: exploring expressionism-the expression of your feelings and ideas by painting with your computer), and 4) Aesthetics. Each lesson has student activities and suggested assessment.

Line Unit
Visual Arts Middle and High School Lessons
Text for students to read online to help them experiment with the art elements -- line, shape and form, and the art principle, pattern. The exercises include: 1) Line, 2) Geometric Exercise, 3) Shape and Form, 4) Light and Shadow, 5) Tessellations.

Navajo Pottery
Visual Arts/Social Studies Middle and High School Unit
A unit by Faith Clover and Alan Jim with materials for the students to read online. The five lessons and several assignments include: 1) Introduction to Navajo Pottery and Its Makers, 2) Clay, 3) The Philosophy of Navajo Pottery Making, 4) Three Basic Pottery Techniques, and 5) Firing Pots the Navajo Way.

Political Cartooning
Visual Arts/Social Studies Middle and High School Unit
Based on material from Larry Woodson and Dr. Stokrocki, the text is designed for students to read online. There are three lessons that help students learn about: 1) Cartoons in Context – their history and purpose, 2) Criticism of Political Cartoons, and 3) Creating a Political Cartoon.