Lesson

The Activity Bus Broke Down...WE'RE STUCK AT THE ART MUSEUM! History and Science classes at the CMA instead of school? But HOW??

Lesson Overview

Students will learn about general time periods in history in which artworks and artifacts were made, and  how these time periods have specific  terminology to help us understand how many years, decades, or centuries ago artwork each was created. Developments in science, and also historical events have greatly influenced the content of artistic works, and now, scientists ,archeologists, and historians use specific techniques to estimate an accurate date of extremely old sculptures and paintings. It is extremely important to clean, repair, and preserve artworks that are very old, so they will remain "viewable" and as "undamaged by age" as possible....and this is part of the SCIENCE needed to keep artworks "intact."    Art techniques and materials that were used in different centuries will also be discussed. In addition, students will notice how artworks have varied in subject and technique through thousands of years. 

Duration
Semester
Lesson Type
Project Based Lesson

Essential Question

Students will learn to view artworks as a way of understanding historical time periods and events, as well as understanding how science helps to preserve and date artworks. They will also see that  techniques of painting and sculpting and early developments in art materials could be viewed as a "technology" of previous decades and centuries. Also, students will understand how scientific research and observation is involved in the creation of realistic artworks featuring nature or historical events. 

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Other Instructional Materials or Notes:

6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Science
Visual & Performing Arts

-Spiral notebook/pen

ART SUPPLIES YOU NEED (depending on which 2 projects you choose): 

-pencil/ markers / crayons

-small bottles of tempera paint or water colors

-paint brushes

-empty food can to hold water (to clean paint brushes)

-2 poster boards/ different colors if possible

-drawing paper or watercolor paper 

-cardboard box, cut apart on the seams

-scissors (not preschool scissors, but adult sized, which will cut poster board and also cardboard)

-glue or hot glue gun

- assorted magazines

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