Mexican American Murals: Making a Place in the World
Check out the newest addition to Worlds of Art. The Mexican American Murals unit consists of four lesson plans that focus on Chicano muralists living and working in Los Angeles, the theme of place, and influences from the past on our lives today. Each lesson plan is accompanied by activities and extensive questions and answers that allow teachers and students to explore the key artworks in depth. This unit provides background information, as well as knowledge and resources for classes to create their own mural that reflects their place in the world.
Philosophers Forum: Asking Big Questions
Walk through ancient Rome with two professional philosophers as they discuss aesthetic issues inspired by the art and architecture in the Forum of Trajan. This innovative ArtsEdNet program presents a unique inquiry-based resource where students are encouraged to formulate ideas and "big" questions about art. For each "walk" there will be a Classroom Forum where ideas are provided for teachers to help incorporate philosophical ideas and methods in their teaching.
Telling Stories in Art
Stories have been told through art for centuries. This curriculum resource from ArtsEdNet is a collaborative project by two museum educators from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum. Four artworks, dating from the fifteenth century to the twentieth century, are examined to determine the stories being told. Activities and discussion topics accompany each of the four artworks.
Nation's Report Card in the Arts Released
On November 10 US Secretary of Education, Richard Riley released the results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress in the Arts. This comprehensive test measured what a national sample of 8th grade students knows and is able to do in visual arts, music, and theatre. The results of this assessment can be seen at The National Center for Education Statistics Web site. The NAEP results show that student learning in the arts can be assessed in the context of high standards.