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“I have to have that!”.pdf
Before walking into any grocery store, we know a battle is waiting for us…a struggle between what we need and what we want. We need the carrots and the strawberries, but the chocolate ice cream looks oh so good! This struggle is not reserved only…

reCapturing Youth Wax Resist Memory Portraits.pdf
Passages of time and concepts of aging become more concrete as we age, but during adolescence remain somewhat abstract. Learners are aware of milestones of getting older- driving, graduating from high school, college, marriage or partnership- but are…

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remixed messages.pdf
Visual art and visual culture are often responsible for creating and responding to culturally constructed notions of beauty. Despite one’s subjectivity, those ideas are communicated in ways that determine standards for what gets to count as…

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A Note to Self,  Mixed Media Self-Portrait Drawing.pdf
High school years are a time when many adolescents begin the quest of self-discovery, establishing their own identity. This unit explores the enduring idea, Identity, through a multidisciplinary approach incorporating language arts, social media,…

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Altered Self.doc
This lesson has been developed for students in 5th-8th grade. During this lesson learners will discuss the history of altered books and its elements and purpose. They will examine various examples of altered books and discuss its elements as a visual…

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Relationships Lesson.pdf
Learners will explore the varying relationships that they and humankind have with animals by creating a clay animal sculpture that expresses their own views on relationships with animals and by writing a poem or short story. By experiencing this…

Animal Object Transformations.pdf
The concept of fantasy can lead the learner in many different directions, both as a way to problem solve and to discover new possibilities of creation. In this particular unit, learners will discuss fantasy as a way of expressing creativity and…

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Animals in Nightmares and Dreams.pdf
Learners will view artworks and listen to stories featuring animals in nightmares/dreams. They will discuss what it means to dream and use their imaginations to create a watercolor painting featuring an animal in a nightmare or dream.

Art of Healing.pdf
“Art of Healing” can be interpreted very literally. When learners think about being healed, I believe their first thoughts would be a hospital. You go to a hospital for help through medicine or surgery. I want learners to think more about healing…

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Chandelier Shindig.pdf
“There’s a party goin’ on right here
A celebration to last throughout the years
So bring your good times and your laughter too
We gonna celebrate your party with you”

Celebration is a song that was released in 1980 created by Kool & the…

Character Exploration with Embems and Objects.pdf
The identity of an individual derives from their set of personal and behavioral characteristics. Furthermore our identities are in constant transformation because we continue to be influenced from our relatives, culture and our environment. In the…

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Choosy Artists Choose Gif.pdf
Teenagers are very connected with technology—the internet, their smart phones, and trending memes. Animated GIFs have become prevalent on social media sites, and as a result, many artists are finding innovative ways to explore the medium. To…

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Containment Capturing dreams and nightmares in art.pdf
Learners explore works of art representative of containers and use chosen media to create a container to hold a personal or collective nightmare or dream.

Contrast through Clay.pdf
Many learners struggle with new processes. Their lack of experience often translates into unsuccessful results and, at times, may deter them from continuing to practice a process. By studying the myriad of conflicts that occur internally and…

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Culture and perseverance.pdf
Learners will be introduced to the cultural aspects of perseverance. Understanding that students belong to all kinds of cultures will help students to become more empathetic across cultures. Empathy is an integral means of knowing and relating to…

Dreams One day I will….pdf
Learners view images that inspire ideas about goals and dreams of the future and create an artwork representing their dreams for the future.

Exploring Our Identities.pdf
“Everyone has one! If I don’t get it, I won’t have any friends.” Everyone has wither heard these words being uttered by a child or have spoken them personally. This attempt at “fitting in” is a life-long issue, whether it is art school as…

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Expressive Burlap Figures.pdf
Through their work, artists have dealt with and represented the suffering within communities. They may or may not have been a part of a persecuted group but nonetheless feel motivated to represent it visually. Within this unit, the learners will…

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Facing Emotions.pdf
Adolescence can be an extremely emotional time when individuals are flooded with a variety emotions and feelings. Learning how to identify emotions may help learners to develop empathy. Within this multidisciplinary unit, learners will explore the…

Fantasy animals for a better world.pdf
Fantasy is an excellent way for learners to explore science through art and develop creative ways to solve issues within the biological world. Our world is full of relationships between man, animals and nature; some relationships are positive and…

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Feel It Out.pdf
Teenagers deal with emotion all the time. They are in a moment in their life where it seems that everything is dealt with based on their emotions. Having them look at different forms of expressing emotion will help them connect words, lines, colors,…

Fitting In.pdf
The pressure to fit in, to be accepted, or to be liked starts early and never seems to end. Starting school in kindergarten, children begin to consider how to make friends. What things can they do to make and keep friends?
This dilemma does not end…

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Funny Faces.pdf
It is common for artists to employ specific colors, mark making, textures, etc. to create mood in their artwork. By carefully manipulating the elements of art and principles of design, artists can project emotion onto their subject matter or even…

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Gender Portrayals in Toys.pdf
On many occasions, the toys we play with or the games we participate in reflect roles that many of us will some day fill. These objects and events are often associated with long standing gender portrayals through the characteristics they promote.…

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Genre Painting Humble and Societal Roles.pdf
In this unit, learners will discuss the artworks of Irving, Kidd, Dupre, and Allston from the CMA, as they portray depictions in society and everyday life. The artists Brueghal the elder, Edward Hopper, Andrew Wyeth, and Grant Wood will also be…

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Inside the Box.pdf
Objects are often “clues” within an artwork that, when investigated, provide deeper insight into the artist’s intentions. Within this unit, learners will analyze how objects are used symbolically and create their own small box installation. …

Its Icing on the Cake.pdf
It was popular when I was in elementary school to throw your birthday party at the local skating rink. Listening to the music, talking with friends, and feeling the wheels over the carpet as you rolled from the rink into the arcade. Despite all of…

It’s all in my mind Dreaming and the Subconscious.pdf
Learners will be exploring dreams and nightmares, in particular why do we dream and what do our dreams mean? Throughout the unit, learners will focus on the subconscious. Learners will discuss their own personal experiences with dreams and will…

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie Dreaming in the Animal World.pdf
For those of you who have a dog, we all know the telltale signs of a dreaming pup; the twitching, the soft barks, the kicks. Why do animals dream? Are their dreams similar to those of humans? How are their dreams or dream patterns different than…

Metamorphasis Lesson.pdf
When exploring metamorphosis we can begin to see ourselves, others, and the world around us in terms of transformation. Learners will create a four square life transformation quilt that represents the metamorphosis of their lives past, present and…

Magnifying Materialism.pdf
Learners will discuss the idea of materialism through the objects we hold dear to our hearts; objects we cannot live without; objects that serve as a vice, hold a significant memory, or shape us into who we are. In groups of 5, learners will…

Man vs. Nature.pdf
Learners will explore the fragile relationship between man and nature through the creation of a book sculpture. Learners will use manmade material (discarded library books) to create a nature scene. The struggle for power in terms of man vs. nature…

Meaningful Maps.pdf
Communities has been represented in artwork for thousands of years. Depicting landmarks, monuments, and bodies of water are some ways that artists have immortalized special places and communities. Modern and contemporary artists have explored the…

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My Many Layers.pdf
Identity is constructed from the experiences, DNA, and environment of an individual. It is a unique and malleable attribute that our learners are eager to discuss. Within this unit, learners will explore the ways that pressures from peers and…

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My Shrine.pdf
Spirituality often denotes something having to do with religion. However the words spirituality and sacred go hand and hand. Something that is sacred does not necessarily have to mean something that is religious, it can be more personal. In this unit…

Nature,  Naturally an Inspiration.pdf
What is truly man made? Humans use nature for their fundamental needs, desires, communications with one another, as well as their understanding of the world. This multidisciplinary unit explores the enduring idea of nature within art and man-made…

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Ordinary to Extraordinary.pdf
Through this multidisciplinary unit, learners explore the concept of metamorphosis within environmental science and art. Learners will study the impact of man-made materials, such as Styrofoam, on the environment, and how these discarded materials…

Perseverance Garden.pdf
Exploring perseverance is a way for learners to begin thinking critically about what it has taken to survive throughout history and what is needed for them to survive in their everyday lives. It is important for learners to see what is necessary in…

Personal Places of Solitude or Peacefulness.pdf
The transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson argued that nature allows individuals to understand the realities of the world. Elements in nature such as leaves, mountains, rivers and animals all participate in this animating life force and collaborate…

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Mental and Physical Suffering.pdf
In this unit, learners will discuss how suffering can be both mental and/or physical pain. We will discuss different emotions and how they can shape our memories. The learners will share personal stories in which suffering is felt on a mental, and/or…

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Picturing America.pdf
This lesson has been developed for students in 4th – 12th grade for the Columbia Museum of Art’s school program. During this program learners discuss American history through different works of art from the 1700s to the 1900s. Learners also…

Playing like Pollock.pdf
The coach called a play during the game. I played my clarinet this afternoon. He is going to the studio to play with his new paint…
Play can be an activity, an action or an event. It can be free form and relaxed or highly structured and rigorous.…

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Playing Pretend.pdf
Although commonly associated with a childhood activity, all humans both young and old enjoy play. Highly researched, it is believed that play is a key aspect of human development. During development, play is often very personal requiring the use of…

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Power of Gargoyles.pdf
Learners will discuss the concept of power, and how certain objects often represent the strength of a leader or higher order. Learners will view gargoyles and statues used in many different cultures around the world. They will discuss the historical…

Remembrance Reliquaries.pdf
Learners will discuss personal relationships and the special objects we have that remind us of these relationships. Learners and the teacher will discuss why these objects hold significance above other objects we use every day. Learners will discuss…

Revisiting Childhood Toys.pdf
In this unit, learners will discuss the role of consumerism in general and in their own lives. They will examine the consumer’s experience, as well as the relationship between the parent, child, and marketing companies. Learners will revisit their…

Sacred Earth Places.pdf
When exploring earth as an enduring idea we ask learners to look at it as a sacred place that has been held in the highest regard since the beginning of time. Learners will create a vessel that contains within it a sacred earth space or created…

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Stepping it Up, Community Art Project.pdf
Within this multidisciplinary unit, learners will explore the enduring idea Community throughout history and cultures. Learners will work in groups and collaborate with other disciplines to create a public art mosaic mural on public steps or…

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Heroes - Storytelling with Sgraffito.pdf
Heroes are celebrated and immortalized by communities and cultures in different ways. By exploring how contemporary, historical, and mythological heroes have been portrayed and honored in artwork; the learners will discuss how heroes are created and…

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Storytelling with Sgraffito.pdf
Heroes are celebrated and immortalized by communities and cultures in different ways. By exploring how contemporary, historical, and mythological heroes have been portrayed and honored in artwork; the learners will discuss how heroes are created and…

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Superhero...KABOOW!.pdf
Cartoons and comic books are becoming more and more popular among teenagers. By integrating an interest that the learners have into their learning environment you are going to see an increase in participation in what is being taught. Learners will…

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Symbols of Loss.pdf
Learners will discuss the concept suffering is loss through the works of CMA artists Sigmund Abeles, Leo Twiggs, and Jeff Donovan. The teacher and learners will discuss what it means to lose something, or someone. After sharing stories of loss…

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Alchemy of Art.pdf
The Alchemy of Art discusses the historical manufacture of paint and other artists’ materials. Discussion centers on the evolution and manufacture of painters’ materials and the painting process, with a strong focus placed on resulting stylistic…

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The Object of My Abstraction.pdf
Artists often playoff of the idea of intention and function. Through the abstraction, placement, and fusion of familiar objects, artists dare viewers to rethink ideas like meaning, value, and purpose. Within this unit, learners will explore the…

Transforming Spaces with unconventional materials.pdf
Nature is the commanding force and universal presence that all individuals interact with on a regular basis. We experience and observe the landscape of all spaces either natural or constructed in different manners. Individuals can create new methods…

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Transforming Tradition through Technology.pdf
Within this multidisciplinary unit, learners will study the enduring idea The Passage of Time throughout the art of stained glass. Selected traditional stained glass artworks from the Columbia Museum of Art will be compared to modern stained glass…

Turning Trash to Treasure.pdf
Recently, a new piece of clothing was put on the market that sold out in a matter of days. The designer, in conjunction with the French fashion A.P.C. line, created the luxurious item using Egyptian cotton, a “reinforced neckline and shoulders”,…

Virtual,Perfect.pdf
It has long been the trope of visual artists to envision near-perfect communities or environments somehow different from the ones that we actually inhabit, whether an encounter with nature in a sterile office space in Skoglund’s A Breeze at Work or…

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We speak for the trees….pdf
During the 1500’s, one of the earliest industries began in North America. The fur trade between the French and Americans provided both parties with the goods they needed, such as warmth from the pelts and a variety of goods given in exchange for…

What a dreamy unit.pdf
“Wow! That test was a nightmare.” “That chocolate cake looks so dreamy.” Even though dreams and nightmares are commonly associated with sleeping, dreams and nightmares can also describe life when we are awake. The term “dream” can be used…

Where Do I Belong.pdf
All individuals belong to various groups very early in life, rather it be to a particular family, a class, or a member of a community, state, or country. These relationships with different individual and the environment differ greatly depending on…

Who Are You Graffiti Monotypes.pdf
Learners will explore the concept of perseverance by examining various images from the CMA and Frank Warren’s collection of letters, Post Secret. Defining survival, how to handle personal challenges, and how graffiti can be used to convey messages…

Who You Are, Good and Bad.pdf
As teenagers are growing up, they are going to come into contact with many different people. Just because some of these people may seem different to them, it does not mean there is something wrong with them. Through this unit, learners are going to…

Women as Objects.pdf
Learners will explore gender inequality by creating photographic images and staged sets in order to portray their feelings about women as objects. Through art making and study of women’s fight for equality via the Feminist Movement which began…

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