Teaching Art Through Historical Events
1 Hook/Attention Getter
Read the book The Survivor Tree to students. Have them look at the ways that the artist/illustrator emphasized the conditions before and after the historical events relayed in the story. Have students analyze how this book and its illustrations help to preserve and build historical awareness. Discuss how they could become historians through their artistic depictions of events, times, and places.
Listen as I read this book to you. Pick out what you think are important events. Did the author and illustrators work together to create artwork that helps people remember history?
2 Direct Instruction
Using the MetKids website, instruct students on how to search for historical events by "Hopping in the time machine" and visiting other periods of time that have recorded historical battles, events, important inventions and technology and more.
Using the Time for Kids website, instruct students on how to search for news articles that could possibly turn into historical events. Look for battles, events, important inventions and technology, politics, and more.
Watch as I demonstrate how to explore the MetKids website. We will be looking at historical events, inventions, and more. Keep in mind that you are an artist and we will be watching for historical events as they happen so that we can record them.
Watch as I demonstrate how to explore the Time for Kids website. Watch for interesting news topics as they may be historical events for the future. Search the news for a topic you can use to create art.
3 Independent Practice
Have students draw/sketch an idea and present it to a classmate for feedback. The sketch should contain some aspect of the current news media that they feel will become a part of history.
Draw/sketch an idea and present it to a classmate for feedback. Remember your sketch should depict some aspect of the current news media that you think will become a part of history that is significant.
4 Independent Work/Wrap-Up
Have students turn their sketches into artwork. They may choose to use physical forms of creating artwork or use digital forms to create their artwork. Do a quick demo using Canva to show how students can use imagery and edit imagery to create original art.
Think about how you would like to create your masterpiece. You may choose to paint, photograph, draw and color (using available mediums), or graphically render the historical event you have chosen to sketch. Canva is an app that helps transform photos and more into graphic representations that capture what we would like to present to the public as art. Please watch as I demonstrate how to use this app and then begin working on your final project.