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  • Lesson Plan: Geometric Design in Islamic Art

    Students will be able to use a compass and straightedge to construct regular polygons, and recognize ways works of art from the Islamic world utilize geometric forms and relationships.

  • Lesson Plan: Gods, Goddesses, and the Supernatural

    Enrich students' understanding of how the ancient Assyrians used art to convey messages through a classroom writing and art-making activity and viewing questions related to a monumental sculpture in the Museum's Ancient Near East collection.

  • Lesson Plan: Haremhab—General
    and Scribe

    Capture students' imaginations in the Egyptian galleries with viewing questions about a sculpture portrait and an observation activity about analyzing portraits, relationships between art and cultural values, and the ways different communities communicate through images and text.

  • Lesson Plan: Islam and Religious Art

    Students will be able to identify important figures and events in early Islamic history; recognize ways works of art reflect and support religious beliefs and practices; and use visual evidence to support inferences.

  • Lesson Plan: Manet—Critics and Champions

    Exercise students' sensory and descriptive powers in the Museum or the classroom with an imaginative activity and viewing questions focused on a painting by Édouard Manet. Examine the ways artists are inspired by the past and help students understand the context of Manet's career.

  • Lesson Plan: Materials and Meaning

    Contemporary artist El Anatsui draws upon diverse sources of information and inspiration to create his art. Explore how his artistic choices convey meaning and collaborate with others to express your interpretations through poetry.

  • Lesson Plan: Medieval Beasts and Bestiaries

    Explore the use of animals as symbols in medieval art with viewing questions and a group drawing activity at The Cloisters or in the classroom.

  • Lesson Plan: Muses vs. Sirens

    Through movement and storytelling, uncover the layers of meaning embedded in a Roman sarcophagus.

  • Lesson Plan: Point of View in
    Print and Paint

    Explore ways that viewpoint shapes the way we picture the past in this lesson plan featuring a depiction of the abolitionist John Brown.

  • Lesson Plan: Power in Ancient Mesopotamia

    Examine how a great ancient Mesopotamian king conveyed power and leadership in a monumental wall relief in the Museum's Ancient Near Eastern art collection and consider how leaders today express the same attributes through viewing questions and an activity.