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  • Lesson Plan: Animal-Inspired Masks and Masquerades

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    Help students understand the connections between art and the environment of Guinea, animal anatomy, and the cultural context of the Banda mask with the help of viewing questions and a dance activity in the Museum's African Art galleries.

  • Lesson Plan: Arabic Script and the Art of Calligraphy

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    Students will be able to identify visual qualities of several calligraphic scripts; recognize ways artists from the Islamic world engage various scripts to enhance works of art supporting a range of functions; and assess the merits of several computer-generated fonts in supporting specific uses.

  • Lesson Plan: Armor—Function and Design

    Identify moveable and static features of armor as well as functional and symbolic surface details and examine similarities and differences between human and animal "armor" through classroom viewing questions. Enhance the lesson with a sketching activity based on an English suit of armor in the Museum's collection.

  • Lesson Plan: Art and Empire—
    The Ottoman Court

    Students will be able to recognize ways a tughra functioned as a symbol of power and authority within a culturally diverse and geographically expansive empire.

  • Lesson Plan: Beyond the Figure

    Consider how artists convey personality in nonfigural portraits and the relationship between visual and verbal expression by looking at a painting by Charles Demuth in the Museum's Modern and Contemporary galleries and through a portrait-making activity in the classroom.

  • Lesson Plan: Buddhist and Hindu Art from India—A Comparative Look

    Use visual evidence as a means to identify similarities and differences between Hindu and Buddhist sculpture from India.

  • Lesson Plan: Ceramics in China
    and the Near East

    Students will be able to identify ways works of art reflect exchange between Chinese and Near Eastern civilizations; recognize ways animals act as symbols in various cultures; and create a tile that highlights the qualities and traits commonly associated with an animal.

  • Lesson Plan: Composing a Landscape

    Study the relationship between the human and natural worlds in art, as well as the techniques artists use to convey ideas, by exploring a painting by Frederic Edwin Church in the Museum's American Wing. Extend the lesson through a writing and drawing activity in the classroom, or a sketching activity outdoors.

  • Lesson Plan: Court Arts of Islamic Spain

    Students will be able to identify shared visual characteristics among several works of art from Islamic Spain; recognize ways designs are adapted across a range of media; and cite strengths and limitations of various materials.

  • Lesson Plan: Daily Life in Medieval Nishapur

    Students will be able to recognize ways works of art reflect medieval Nishapur's status as an important center of trade; use visual evidence to support inferences; and apply an original two-dimensional design to a three-dimensional form (in alternative activity).

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