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American Artist Appreciation Month
August is American Artist Appreciation Month, the ideal time to recognize and celebrate the many amazing American artists throughout history. Share these resources, online museum exhibits, and lessons with your students to bring art into your classroom and activities.
Explore a selection of works by African American artists such as Kara Walker, Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Alma Thomas, and Sam Gilliam. Click on the images to view information about the photographs, paintings, drawings, and sculptures on this site.
Treat your students to the artwork of Mary Cassatt, a late 19th-century impressionist. Cassatt was one of the few Americans who painted in the impressionist style. Share her art with your students and have them write comparisons to other types of art.
View oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, and prints by American artist Winslow Homer. This exhibit spans his career, from early oil paintings of the Civil War era to classic images of 19th-century American life. Compare his art to historical events.
“Oh Freedom!” is an introduction to the Civil Rights movement through the art of the Smithsonian. Explore the Educator section to learn ways to visually teach about the Civil Rights movement. The activities include interactive timelines and lesson plans.
Use this resource to correlate art with other curricular areas, including language arts, math, science, and social studies. Choose a primary curricular area, select one of the Academic Art Standards, then click the lessons to view a downloadable PDF.
This simple site offers images of art and history from 1929 through the present, ideal for art or history class. Browse through collections by date, or filter by type of exhibition (including film series and performance programs) or by artist.
Peruse this collection of African art; American painting, sculpture, and decorative arts; ancient art; art of the ancient Americans; Asian art; coins and medals; and early European, modern, and contemporary art. Find resources to use in your lessons.
Stanford History Education Group created this list of lessons and assessments that use art to teach about world and United States history. Find resources related to American history topics that you teach in your lessons.
Take your students on a field trip! Visit more than 2,000 museums without leaving your school through the lens of Google Arts & Culture's presentations. Explore the studios of famous artists, take tours of historical cities, and visit museums virtually.
MetKids offers 5,000 years of art that you can explore in three exciting ways on their vibrant, interactive site. Click to explore the map, watch videos, or hop in the time machine to view American artwork from different time periods and discuss in class.
This outstanding site shares lesson plans, videos, podcasts, and more, many of which relate to American art and history. Be sure to share the podcasts with your students. “The Artist Chronicles” podcast features a mystery artist in each episode.
Smarthistory started as a blog featuring free audio guides, podcasts, and videos. It’s since become an interactive exploration of eras, styles, and artists. Search through topics to share with your students, such as art that brings U.S. history to life.
This Week at TeachersFirst
If you missed our summer OK2Ask series, we invite you to view all sessions on demand. Our next Twitter chat takes place this week—join us to discuss media literacy. We are also sharing a blog post and kindly request your input on our weekly poll.
Catch up on sessions that you missed
Did you miss any of our summer OK2Ask sessions? If so, you can view these sessions on demand any time! Register and view the recording immediately. Workshops include “Digital Escapes with Genially,” “Tools for Persuasive Writing,” and many others.
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Thursday, 8/18, 8 PM ET
Come and tweet with us using the hashtags #OK2Ask and #TeachersFirst. During this chat, participants will discuss the importance of teaching media literacy in the classroom and collaborate on ideas for integrating media literacy across the curriculum.
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Infusing Technology Blog
Read this new blog post duo to learn about Google Arts & Culture Paint with Music, an engaging way to bring both art and musical instruments into your lessons. Don't miss the link to read Part 2, which includes classroom use ideas and a full tutorial.
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