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Subject: Arts Education (7 - 12), or English Language Arts (10), or Credit Recovery Science (9 - 12), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Biodiversity survey: Local ecosystem and food web investigation
Description: This is a hands on lesson in which students will explore their local community to identify living things. It can be used as part of a unit on biodiversity and energy transfer within a biology, zoology, or environmental science course, or as an enrichment assignment for AP biology or AP environmental science. This interdisciplinary high school lesson provides students with real life experience towards mastering objectives in art, English, science, technology, social studies, and math.


Subject: Arts Education (7 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: A Closer Look at Value: Self-Portraits
Description: This lesson will introduce students to the basic editing tools of Photoshop, which will be used in preparation for a large graphite self-portrait drawing. The students will learn about value and proportion and will employ the grid drawing technique in order to enlarge and reproduce an image of themselves.


Subject: Arts Education (7 - 12)
Title: My City, My Perspective
Description: Students will create a drawing of a local architectural structure. Students will use a photo and add grid and perspective lines. Students will then execute a drawing that clearly demonstrates the illusion of 3D space on the 2D surface.


Subject: Arts Education (7 - 12)
Title: Dancing Colors
Description: Dancing Colors teaches students gesturing, drawing the illusion of motion, and color schemes. Students look at photos or life models and create a drawing of a dancer in motion. Students then add color to the the drawing based on a choosen color scheme.


Subject: Arts Education (7 - 12)
Title: Suminagashi Self Portrait
Description: Suminagashi is the perfect backdrop for a self portrait. Using contour, color, and the dynamics of movement students can uniquely represent themselves both through realistic and abstract imagery. The word “Suminagashi” translates literally as “spilled ink.” Centuries before the art of marbleizing papers was practiced in Western cultures, Japanese craftsmen created patterns by floating ink on the surface of water and transferring it to a sheet of paper. Because the nature of water is ever-changing and constantly moving, Suminagashi printers are viewed as great masters of control. Each mono-print is like a fingerprint — unique and unreproducible.


Subject: Arts Education (7 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Digital Alphabet
Description: In this technology-based visual arts lesson, students find letters of the alphabet in objects made from nature. For example: veins of a leaf to make the "v," a fallen tree in front of another to make the letter "x," ground erosion to make the letter "y". Through digital photography and basic computer skills students create their own digital "natural" alphabet.


Subject: Arts Education (7 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Expressionism: What’s the deal with these strange colors?
Description: The students will gain a good understanding of the history of Expressionism painting and its use of color and paint application to establish an “emotional feel”. They will use this knowledge to create their own expressionistic oil painting.


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