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Bessie Smith

Article: Hear With Your Eyes: Jazz and Art
Romare Bearden makes music with his art. Learn how to “hear” a painting
Blues, Jazz, Music, Music Legends, Visual Arts

The Story Behind The Picture: White Angel Breadline
In White Angel Breadline, her first documentary photograph, Dorothea Lange enabled Americans to see the tragic effects of the Great Depression. The image evoked national sympathy, rather than scorn, for the hungry and homeless.
America, Controversial, History, Innovators & Pioneers, Visual Arts

Hip-Hop artists

Series: Hip-Hop: A Culture of Vision and Voice
Hip-hop is global, lapping on every shore and landing at every airport. But what does Hip-Hop mean?
Hip-Hop, Young Artists, Dance, Dance Legends, Choreographers, Innovators & Pioneers, Musical Instruments, Music, Poetry, Visual Arts

Migrant Mother by Dorothea Lange

Master + Work: Dorothea Lange and Migrant Mother
See how Lange used her camera to tell the story of Depression-era Americans
America, Controversial, Geography, History, Innovators & Pioneers, Visual Arts

Kennedy Center

Collection: A Few of Our Favorite Things...
From musical theater to music in space, our media collections reflect the breadth and depth of the performing arts in America and around the world. These are some of our staff favorites--we'd love to hear yours!
Backstage, Dance, Education, Jazz, Music, Theater, Visual Arts, World Cultures

Japanese Noh theater

Collection: Japan
Larger-than-life calligraphy, giant bamboo weaving, and robots both real and toy... experience the vibrant diversity of the arts across Japan.
Japan, Asia, Backstage, Cartoons, Comics, & Animation, Fashion, Innovators & Pioneers, Musical Instruments, Inventions, Language, Music, Popular Culture, Visual Arts, World Cultures

Shapes and colors

Collection: Shapes & Colors
Color, shapes, and patterns. Watch as artists sculpt with fire and ink with mops-- from bamboo to paper to glow-in-the-dark paint (and one "alphabetical engineer"), learn the ways visual artists use non-traditional media.
Geometry, Visual Arts

Hand on canvas

Collection: Visual Arts Resources
Fasten your smock, get out your art supplies, and prepare to get your hands dirty. Examine the physics behind Alexander Calder’s mobiles, the symbolism in the botany rendered in renaissance paintings, and the careful patience used in weaving a wampum belt in this exploration of a wide range of arts.
Cartoons, Comics, & Animation, Visual Arts

Red Poppy

Collection: Asia
Fish painting, lion dances, larger-than-life calligraphy and a tornado of fire... experience the vibrant diversity of the arts across Asia.
Asia, China, India, Japan, Dance, Folklore, Music, Theater, Visual Arts, World Cultures

Chinese lion dancer

Collection: China
An army of buried warriors, lion dances, dancing shadows and a tornado of fire... experience the vibrant diversity of the arts across China
Asia, China, Dance, Music, Visual Arts, World Cultures

People Observing Van Gogh Painting

Article: A Parents’ Field Guide to Museums
Ideas for making the most of a visit to an art museum
Visual Arts

Ghost Figure

Article: Keeping Up With the Addamses
Halloween decorating secrets from theater designers
Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Visual Arts

Content & Achievement Standard: Grade 5-8 Visual Arts Standard 4
Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures
Education, Visual Arts

Content & Achievement Standard: Grade 5-8 Visual Arts Standard 5
Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others
Education, Visual Arts

Content & Achievement Standard: Grade 5-8 Visual Arts Standard 6
Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines
Education, Visual Arts

Content & Achievement Standard: Grade 5-8 Visual Arts Standard 1
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes
Education, Visual Arts

Content & Achievement Standard: Grade 5-8 Visual Arts Standard 2
Using knowledge of structures and functions
Education, Visual Arts

Content & Achievement Standard: Grade 5-8 Visual Arts Standard 3
Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas
Education, Visual Arts

Content & Achievement Standard: Grade 9-12 Visual Arts Standard 4
Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures
Education, Visual Arts

Content & Achievement Standard: Grade 9-12 Visual Arts Standard 5
Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others
Education, Visual Arts

Content & Achievement Standard: Grade 9-12 Visual Arts Standard 6
Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines
Education, Visual Arts

Content & Achievement Standard: Grade 9-12 Visual Arts Standard 1
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes
Education, Visual Arts

Content & Achievement Standard: Grade 9-12 Visual Arts Standard 2
Using knowledge of structures and functions
Education, Visual Arts

Content & Achievement Standard: Grade 9-12 Visual Arts Standard 3
Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas
Education, Visual Arts

Content & Achievement Standard: Grade K-4 Visual Arts Standard 4
Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures
Education, Visual Arts

Content & Achievement Standard: Grade K-4 Visual Arts Standard 5
Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others
Education, Visual Arts

Content & Achievement Standard: Grade K-4 Visual Arts Standard 6
Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines
Education, Visual Arts

Content & Achievement Standard: Grade K-4 Visual Arts Standard 1
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes
Education, Visual Arts

Content & Achievement Standard: Grade K-4 Visual Arts Standard 2
Using knowledge of structures and functions
Education, Visual Arts

Content & Achievement Standard: Grade K-4 Visual Arts Standard 3
Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas
Education, Visual Arts

Art Critique

Tipsheet: Art Critiques Made Easy
One-word answers and grunts don't count as student critiques of art. How to foster interesting and authentic discussion in the classroom
Education, Young Artists, Visual Arts, Art Venues

Mother and girl art class

Tipsheet: Going Public
Here are the best and safest ways to share your student's work with the world!
Education, Young Artists, Visual Arts, Poetry, Playwrights & Plays, Literature

Student Critique

Tipsheet: Thinking Outside the Test
Introduction to performance assessment, which provides educators with "real-world" arts assessment strategies
Education, Young Artists, Visual Arts, Dance, Musical Instruments, Poetry

The Solar System

Grades 6-8 Lesson: Planets in Balance
Students explore the solar system through experimentation of mobile design in the style of Alexander Calder
Space, Science, Visual Arts

Still-Life with Bouquet of Flowers and Plums by Rachel Ruysch

Grades 6-8 Lesson: Medieval and Renaissance Art: Botanical Symbolism
For the medieval and the renaissance artists, flowers were part of a rich visual symbolism
Europe, Visual Arts, Nature, Plants

Mural

Grades 6-8 Lesson: Decades Mural Project
Students will learn how to use primary sources, and work in groups to create murals about the events and trends of a decade of the twentieth century
History, Visual Arts, Young Artists, Fashion

photo gallery

Grades 6-8 Lesson: Analyzing Photographs: From Theory to Practice
Throughout this lesson, students will examine works of art and learn tools to analyze and discuss photography
Visual Arts

Wagon and mules

Grades 6-8 Lesson: Capturing History
Through teacher-guided discussions and hands-on activities, students will understand the political and economic reasons for the African-American migration to Northern cities between the World Wars.
History, Visual Arts, America

Art Gallery

Grades 6-8 Lesson: Art Show with the Masters
Research information on artists' lives and works and prepare works of art based on their understanding of the artists, their time and place in history, and their works.
History, Visual Arts

Sand Mandala

Grades 6-8 Lesson: Mandalas, Polygons, and Symmetry
Students will explore the mathematics behind mandalas, including but not limited to shapes and symmetry
Geometry, Math, Visual Arts

Portrait of American artist Andy Warhol

Grades 6-8 Lesson: Making the Ordinary Pop
Pop art examines the distinction between "high art" and popular culture, and questions the role of the artist
Popular Culture, Visual Arts

Joseph Cornell Box

Grades 6-8 Lesson: Identity Boxes
Artists Lucas Samaras and Joseph Cornell both explored the idea of personal identity through their art. Both created small "portrait" boxes that reveal as well as conceal identity
Visual Arts

Second Bank of the United States, Philadelphia.

Grades 6-8 Lesson: From Greece to Main Street
Students will learn defining elements of classical Greek architecture by comparing the Lincoln Memorial with the Parthenon in Athens, Greece
Architecture, Greece, Visual Arts

Pool in pleasure park, Manzanar Relocation Center, Calif.

Grades 9-12 Lesson: Photography and the National Park Service
Examine the ways in which art has the power to influence policy, learning that photography has had a social impact with other historical events and movements
Visual Arts, Nature, History

Grades 9-12 Lesson: Rhythm and Art: Elements of Art
Learn about the three elements of art (line, shape, and color) through a study of Torres-García's symbolism, Picasso's emotional use of color and Abstract Expressionism
Visual Arts, Innovators & Pioneers, History

Gesture Drawings

Grades 9-12 Lesson: Rhythm and Art: Gesture Drawing
In this lesson, students will explore connections between music and visual art
Music, Visual Arts

pottery

Grades 9-12 Lesson: Exploring Pottery Techniques
This lesson introduces students to the age-old techniques used in constructing and decorating a burnished coil pot
Visual Arts, Physical Activity

Ciphers and Constellations in Love with a Woman

Grades 9-12 Lesson: Escape from Reality: Miró and Surrealism
This lesson will introduce the history and concepts of the Surrealist movement
History, Visual Arts

Cruising Dragons

Grades 9-12 Lesson: Science Meets Artistry: the Work of Cai Guo-Qiang
Studying the work of artist Cai Guo-Qiang, students will understand the technological, logistical, and artistic factors for performance-oriented works
Science, Visual Arts

Salvador Dali

Grades 9-12 Lesson: Dalí & Desnos
In this lesson, students will enhance their creative writing skills and develop their individual writing voices through surrealist techniques
History, Visual Arts

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