8 week Art Program
There are so many choices and so little time. With just 8 weeks I would suggest the following:
1. Introduce yourself and your class to a set of guidelines for understanding methods for looking at art.
You will find a resources for looking at and analyzing works of art at the websites below:
Questions to Ask When Looking at a Work of ArtHttp://www.artmuseums.com/questions.htm
One example of how to use this method effectively with a single work of art.Http://www.artmuseums.com/goya.htm
2. Consider the ages of the children and their interests.
Try to make lectures relevant to the interests of the age group you are teaching. Topics can be drawn from current events, movies, television shows, collections of well known celebrities or even fine art on CD covers.
An Example: Mural Projects
PBS Organization-Teacher Resources
Another Example: The Environment
3. Art standards in your state should also be taken into account.
State educational websites provide important guidelines, standards and specific ways of meeting them.
Texas Education Agency
Texas Education Knowledge and Skills
Fine Arts Curriculum GuidelinesHttp://finearts.esc20.net/art/ARTframe.pdf
Center for Educator Development in the Fine Arts
Texax Education AgencyHttp://finearts.esc20.net/
This website gives you practical art lessons that correspond to TEKS guidelines.
The program should include an overview of studio techniques and hands-on projects. Guidelines for understanding methods for looking at art as well as art historical resources should be presented within the framework of the program. Follow up programs that involve parents and community resources such as after school programs or museum field trips should be included. Teachers should be encourage to include cross curricum projects in their curriculum.
How to create an Art Program
PBS Organization Teacher Source
Outstanding lesson plans and resources reflecting a wide range of topics.
Other Resources that you may find useful
Vincent van Gogh Gallery
Sanford A Lifetime of ColorHttp://www.sanford-artedventures.com/
Excellent, practical hands on art projects for various age groups.
Monet at GivernyHttp://giverny.org/monet/welcome.htm
Fame Art Lesson
Resources about Andy Warhol and others.
Stain Glass Project
Hudson River School
Bierstadt at Artchive
Tate Museum in London
American Sublime Exhibition
Images of the West
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Teacher Resources and Online Sculpture Game
Teacher Resources and Lesson Plans
National Gallery of Art
Expert Advice, Virtual Tours, and Teacher Resources
Locate a museum and discover what resources they have for you.
Timeline of Art History
Metropolitan Museum of Art
View on Demand
Http://www.learner.org/resources/series1.htmlYou can watch actual art appreciation videos "Art of the Western World" at this site.