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  • Lesson Plan: A Rite of Passage

    Explore the ways rituals, ceremonies, and rites of passage play an important role in communities around the world through an investigation of related objects.

  • Lesson Plan: Arabic Script and the Art of Calligraphy

    Learn resource image

    Students will be able to identify visual qualities of several calligraphic scripts; recognize ways artists from the Islamic world engage various scripts to enhance works of art supporting a range of functions; and assess the merits of several computer-generated fonts in supporting specific uses.

  • Lesson Plan: Architecture and the Natural World

    How can buildings reflect the relationship between people and the environment? Explore possibilities in this lesson plan featuring an ancient Egyptian temple.

  • Lesson Plan: Art and Empire—
    The Ottoman Court

    Students will be able to recognize ways a tughra functioned as a symbol of power and authority within a culturally diverse and geographically expansive empire.

  • Lesson Plan: Beyond the Figure

    Consider how artists convey personality in nonfigural portraits and the relationship between visual and verbal expression by looking at a painting by Charles Demuth in the Museum's Modern and Contemporary galleries and through a portrait-making activity in the classroom.

  • Lesson Plan: Bravery Stands Tall

    Examine a major turning point in the American Revolution through a close look at this depiction of General Washington and his troops crossing the Delaware River.

  • Lesson Plan: Ceramics in China
    and the Near East

    Students will be able to identify ways works of art reflect exchange between Chinese and Near Eastern civilizations; recognize ways animals act as symbols in various cultures; and create a tile that highlights the qualities and traits commonly associated with an animal.

  • Lesson Plan: Composing a Landscape

    Study the relationship between the human and natural worlds in art, as well as the techniques artists use to convey ideas, by exploring a painting by Frederic Edwin Church in the Museum's American Wing. Extend the lesson through a writing and drawing activity in the classroom, or a sketching activity outdoors.

  • Lesson Plan: Court Arts of Islamic Spain

    Students will be able to identify shared visual characteristics among several works of art from Islamic Spain; recognize ways designs are adapted across a range of media; and cite strengths and limitations of various materials.

  • Lesson Plan: Daily Life in Medieval Nishapur

    Students will be able to recognize ways works of art reflect medieval Nishapur's status as an important center of trade; use visual evidence to support inferences; and apply an original two-dimensional design to a three-dimensional form (in alternative activity).

  • Lesson Plan: Degas—Understanding Art through Nonverbal Means

    Use writing, drawing, or movement as a means to share evidence-based inferences about this sculpture of a dancer by Degas.

  • Lesson Plan: Domestic Life in Eighteenth-Century Damascus

    Students will be able to understand how a reception room from the house of an affluent family in eighteenth-century Damascus reflects the tastes, interests, and life of the urban elite in a provincial city of the Ottoman empire; and recognize ways interiors from different time periods and places (including their own) reflect the personal tastes, interests, and values of their inhabitants.

  • 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: 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.

  • Lesson Plan: Science and the Art of the Islamic World

    Students will be able to identify similarities and differences between scientific tools used now and long ago; and use research findings to support observations and interpretations.

     

  • Lesson Plan: Shiva—Creator, Protector, and Destroyer

    Inspire students to interpret, communicate through, and personally connect with art through an in-classroom examination of a powerful sculpture in the Museum's Indian art collection and a self-portrait activity.

  • Lesson Plan: Take It to the Afterlife

    Delve into daily life and the afterlife in ancient Egypt, as well as strategies for visual analysis and interpretation of art, through viewing questions and a sketching activity in the Museum's Egyptian galleries.

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