This series of art lessons begins with an ancient form of art, the drawings seen inside the Egyptian pyramids. Susanna Nolt teaches her students about different artists and art techniques throughout history. She has them learn the basic elements of art, practicing with different mediums. For grade levels 5-8, these lessons may include some variety to challenge the more advanced class.
I have been teaching the history of art in this order:
1. Cave drawing
2. Egyptian art
3. Greek and Roman
9. (Japanese Block-Printing)
The last two might only be for high school.
I have a really long bulletin board that I staple the projects on. Then I write a blurb and staple it into the center of the display. At the top of each section in huge numbers, I staple a paper with the dates in which this art period took place. It ends up being a visual timeline sort of teaching tool for the whole student body and the community surrounding them. I try to squeeze about 5 displays on the board at once, then I start taking it down and replacing it with the next time periods. Of course, some of these periods overlap.
About twice this semester, they have a quiz that simply has them list the last five art periods in order. This is not a problem for most of them since we review it almost every class.
Many of our projects take two art periods because I give a historical intro to each period, and we do some art criticism (Grades 2-8 do not know it’s called that.) where I ask questions about famous paintings of that period and we discuss it. All this prelude pumps up the enthusiasm for the actual project. (At first I thought they might get bored of the historical/criticism part and get antsy to dive into the project. However, I have found it quite otherwise.)
For younger students, see Susanna’s lower elementary art lessons.
Items from Art Lessons Through History for Upper Elementary and Junior High:
- 1U Grades 5-8, Art Lesson1 & 2, Ancient Egyptian Drawings (Shape)
- Monochromatic Landscape Art Lessons
- 2U Grade 5-8 Rose Window
- Impressionistic Water Lilies
- Japanese Block Painting Art Lesson