Integrate Art and Language Arts with these art observation lessons that focus on language and reading comprehension skills. Students observe, discuss, and analyze the elements and content of well-known art works with strategies that engage them in using targeted language arts skills.
These art observation activities are perfect for for introducing, practicing, or reviewing specific skills in the context of art appreciation and analysis. Each lesson begins with a whole group art observation and discussion and is followed up by an individual student writing activity.
Use these activities to develop visual literacy while adding a different perspective to teaching traditional language arts and other content skills. Extend the art observations with related art lessons and by reading about selected artists.
*** Note: Each lesson in this bundle is also available individually.***
Lessons in this bundled collection include:
Learn to Compare and Contrast with Art
Learn Main Idea and Details with Art
Learn to Make Inferences with Art
Learn Fact and Opinion with Art
Learn about Realism and Fantasy with Art
Learn to Make Generalizations with Art
Learn and Use Math Vocabulary with Art
Each of the lessons includes:
- suggested art works especially suited to the skills adressed
- general procedure summary
- list of materials needed and preparation required
- step-by-step directions for looking at art
- suggested questions for art observation
- suggestions for extending the lesson with art and reading
- list of related resources to enhance the lesson
- student response worksheets appropriate for each targeted skill
These comprehensive lessons are designed to address targeted language arts and other skills along with art appreciation and art analysis. Extensions can expand the lesson into art technique and art history.
Related resources for extending this lesson:
These one-page artist biographies with student response worksheets are great for adding context to “looking at art” lessons:
Artist Biographies Volume One:
Marc Chagall • Wassily Kandinsky • Henri Matisse
Frida Kahlo • Pablo Picasso • Norman Rockwell
Artist Biographies Volume Two:
Alexander Calder • Leonardo da Vinci • Keith Haring
Piet Modrian • Georgia O’Keeffe • Wayne Thiebaud
Also, Looking at Art with Kids
is a free download offers additional ideas and suggestions for using art observations across the curriculum.
For other art-making ideas and suggestions:
Making Time For Art
-- a free download
Art Task Cards
-- for early finishers or art centers
Creating Art With Kids
resources are designed to focus primarily on the creative process. They are intended to be open-ended enough to encourage student creativity and detailed enough to give teachers clear direction.
Visit my blog, Creating Art With Kids,
for detailed descriptions and helpful tips about the teaching process for many of my art lessons.
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