Lesson Plan

Curate a Gallery

use apps and websites to create and tour your own art gallery
Donald P.
Classroom teacher
N.F. Woods Advanced Technology and Arts Center
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects Arts
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Students will be able to...

B.V.1.1 Use art vocabulary when discussing art and artistic styles

B.V.1.3 Classify art according to specified styles.

B.CX.1.1 Use visual arts to explore concepts in world history and relate them to significant events, ideas, and movements from a global context.

B.CX.1.2 Explain how art influences historical perspectives on society.

B.CX.1.3 Understand how art is used to document human experience.

B.CX.1.4 Interpret art in terms of cultural and ethnic context.

B.CR.1.1 Understand the art criticism process.



Grades 9 - 12
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1 Gallery Crawl

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Teacher introduces the concept of 'gallery' vs 'museum' by using Prezi to show examples of each and discussing the differences. 

teacher uses Padlet to interact with the class during the presentation - allowing students to ask questions without disturbing the actual presentation - 

Student Instructions

Students are logged in to Padlet and use it during the presentation to be 'active' participants - asking questions and making comments during teacher's presentation. 

2 Researching a gallery

Teacher introduces 'Google Art Project' including how to search for images by different parameters (example: Portraits, Impressionism, artworks with the color blue as the focus...)

Teacher spends time within Google Art Project showing students how to maneuver within the website and some of the features of Google Art Project.

Teacher demonstrates to students how to curate their own collection of artworks and how to save selected artworks to local drive. 

Teacher demonstrates how to use the MoMA app to search for and select artworks. 

Teacher spends time demonstrating all of the features of the MoMA app. 

Teacher demonstrates how to save images to local drive

Teacher helps students navigate and search for resources as needed.

Student Instructions

Students spend time learning how to navigate within Google Art Project and the MoMA app. 

Students curate their own collection of images and save selected images that match the parameters given by the teacher to local drive. 

3 Add depth to your gallery

Teacher introduces the website 'Smarthistory' and how to navigate around the site and search for specific parameters. 

Teacher discusses using Smarthistory to research background and history of artworks that students have selected for their gallery. 

Teacher helps students navigate and search for resources as needed.

Student Instructions

Students use 'Smarthistory' to find audio and video that relates to the artworks they have selected to use in their gallery. 

Students search for historical, cultural and other aspects to be able to use with their selected artworks.

Students take notes that pertain to their selected artworks and, if possible, hyperlinks to selected videos or audio.

4 Lets Build a Gallery!

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Teacher spends time demonstrating how to 'build' a virtual gallery in SketchUp and/or Minecraft.  Using tools like Screencast-O-Matic allows the teacher to record step by step videos of how to 'build' within these programs that the students can watch and follow along with at their own pace. By creating videos, the teacher can freely move around the classroom and help students that are having problems while other students continue working.

Teacher demonstrates how to 'hang' the student saved images of artworks to the inside walls of the gallery built by students.

Teacher demonstrates how to create a 'virtual walkthrough' of the student built galleries using the camera tools within SketchUP/Minecraft.

Student Instructions

Students construct a 'virtual' gallery using either SketchUp or Minecraft. 

Gallery should contain different rooms for different collections, a lobby, and a main door in and out. Advanced students can add additional features like an office or bathrooms. 

Students then 'hang' their curated artworks on the walls in the gallery, curating them by styles, artist, color or other parameters. 

Students should add color to the walls, benches, and other decorations that would be found within a gallery space

Students then use the camera tools within their selected software to create a 'virtual walkthrough' of their gallery. 

5 Gallery Critique

Teacher demonstrates how to use Adobe Voice or other similar software to do a 'voice over' of the students virtual walkthrough. 

Teacher advises that the voice over should be a personal critique of the students gallery and students should discuss why they selected the artworks that are in their gallery and how they relate to the parameters given by the teacher. 

Student Instructions

Students use Adobe Voice or other similar software to do a 'voice over' of their virtual walkthrough of the student created gallery. 

Students use the steps of critique (Interpretation, Analysis, Description, Judgment) to discuss why they selected the artworks in their gallery, how they fit into the parameters given by the teacher and any interesting facts that they learned about the artists/artworks during their research.

students then present their walkthroughs with the voice over to the rest of the class. this allows all students in the class to reflect on their own selections and to view how other students interpreted the same assignment.