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These four Art Appreciation lessons are on four works of art that were created by the Italian Renaissance artists for whom the Ninja Turtles were named. It includes "Mona Lisa" by Leonardo da Vinci, "St. John the Evangelist" a sculpture by Donatello, "David and Goliath" by Michelangelo, and "St. George Struggling with the Dragon" by Raphael. Two of the lessons refer to the Bible due to the subject matter of the artwork.
The zip file packet includes 3 different files with lesson plans geared to specific grade levels. Although all the grade levels are available, you will only need the file that is geared to your grade level. Listed here are the number of pages per file: Pre-K, 32 pages; Grades 1-2, 40 pages; Grades 3-4, 36 pages
The lessons include a printable copy of the artwork, and also a link to a high quality image for classroom projection.
The main body of the lesson is a set of questions for the teacher to ask the students. (Correct answers are also included.) The questions are formulated to encourage the students to look at the painting closely enough to notice the details. The questions are designed to help them develop a mental image. This process helps them learn to appreciate fine art.
Also included are suggested activities, some of which include links to other websites for further learning related to the content or style of the painting. Some of the activities help tie in another academic subject.
A picture and few facts about the artist are included, but the lesson is about the artwork.
The art period and/or movement is labeled for your reference on the lesson plan.
The file includes pages in both landscape and portrait orientation. If you print it, select "Auto portrait/landscape" under the orientation menu of the print screen so the orientation will automatically print correctly.
Claude Monet said, “Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.”
I hope you enjoy the lesson! I enjoyed creating it.