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Beyond the Sketch:  Art-Making Choice Board
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This resource provides a menu of self-directed art-making challenges, each of which relates to a work of art in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts collection. Give your students voice and choice as they investigate authentic works of art and work to develop a visual language, convey complex ideas, and solve problems creatively.    

Subject:
Fine Arts
Visual Art
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Activity/Lab
Author:
VMFA Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Date Added:
10/28/2020
Instructional Plan: A Beautiful America
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Students will listen to and/or watch a video about differences across America, listen to or view Ray Charles’ rendition of “America the Beautiful” and then have a choice activity: composing a poem or illustrating verses.

Subject:
Fine Arts
Music
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Michelle Milligan
Kelly Bisogno
Date Added:
03/11/2021
Instructional Plan: A Story Told Through Clay Vessels
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Students will learn about the Pamunkey Indian Tribe in Virginia and the tribe’s history of clay vessels. Students will learn clay hand building methods and hand-build a clay vessel that tells a story.

Subject:
Visual Art
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Activity/Lab
Author:
Kelly Bisogno
Michelle Milligan
Date Added:
02/21/2021
Instructional Plan: About Face: How Dancers Use Space
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A study of how the element of space is used in dance for fourth and fifth grade students.  Students will explore how the dancer’s orientation and relationship to the space can be varied to create interest in choreography.

Subject:
Dance
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Activity/Lab
Author:
Kelly Bisogno
Michelle Milligan
Date Added:
01/07/2021
Instructional Plan: Animal Collage Book Cover
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Students will explore with watercolor techniques and collage to design their own character for a book cover. Through an artist study on artist Eric Carle, students will observe and identify shapes in animals and use their painted papers for a collage.

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Visual Art
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Lesson Plan
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Author:
Michelle Milligan
Kelly Bisogno
Date Added:
09/29/2020
Instructional Plan: Animal Collage Book Cover
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Students will explore with watercolor techniques and collage to design their own character for a book cover.  Through an artist study on artist Eric Carle, students will observe and identify shapes in animals and use their painted papers for a collage.

Subject:
Visual Art
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Kelly Bisogno
Date Added:
10/16/2020
Instructional Plan: Architecture Then and Now
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Students will compare Ancient Greek architecture with the innovative and abstract contemporary architecture of renowned famous female Iraqi architect, Zaha Hadid. Students will respond to a design challenge and create a small-scale 3-D building model employing vision and originality to showcase their most creative idea of form and function.

Subject:
Visual Art
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Kelly Bisogno
Michelle Milligan
Date Added:
02/21/2021
Instructional Plan: Artists as Designers
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Students will identify that creating a product, packaging, or place is the job of an artist using a creative design process to develop the very best solution. Students will use the iterative design process to develop ideas and create a new and innovative product, package, or place design.

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Visual Art
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Activity/Lab
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Michelle Milligan
Kelly Bisogno
Date Added:
09/29/2020
Instructional Plan: Beginner String Setup
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This instructional plan serves as a resource to provide the instructor with a plan to instruct beginning string players of violin, viola, cello, and double bass (hereafter referred to as “bass”) in proper instrument posture and left-hand position. This plan provides the instructor with outcomes achievable through SOL-correlated lesson content. 

Subject:
Music
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson
Author:
Michelle Milligan
Kelly Bisogno
Date Added:
09/23/2020
Instructional Plan: Behind the Scenes
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Students will compare music from current repertoire to an arrangement or piece of a similar historical genre. Students will view music through a historical lens by understanding the cultural influences of the original piece.

Subject:
Fine Arts
Music
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Michelle Milligan
Kelly Bisogno
Date Added:
02/04/2021
Instructional Plan: Building Instruments from Around the World
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Students will learn about instruments from a variety of cultures and discuss how these instruments were used. Students will create an instrument from various materials to experiment with sound and playing technique.

Subject:
Fine Arts
Music
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Michelle Milligan
Kelly Bisogno
Date Added:
03/08/2021
Instructional Plan: Building the Beginner String Players Bow Hold
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This instructional plan will provide the teacher with the outline and resources needed to instruct beginning string players of violin, viola, cello, and double bass (hereafter referred to as “bass”) in proper bow hold development.

Subject:
Music
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Activity/Lab
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Author:
Michelle Milligan
Kelly Bisogno
Date Added:
09/24/2020
Instructional Plan: Colonial Music in Virginia
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What did colonists do for fun in 18th century Virginia? Let us explore the music and dance of Colonial Virginia and why they were so important to know. What happens when we take those 18th century dance moves and combine them with the trending moves today? Let us find out!

Subject:
Fine Arts
Music
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Michelle Milligan
Kelly Bisogno
Date Added:
02/25/2021
Instructional Plan: Comic Relief and Current Events
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Students will learn about cartoonists Charles Schulz and Jackie Ormes, and the correlation between their comics and current events of their time. Inspired by their work, students will create their own comic strips to share their perspectives on a current event they feel a personal connection with or that they have interest in.

Subject:
Visual Art
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Kelly Bisogno
Michelle Milligan
Date Added:
02/21/2021
Instructional Plan: Composition in the Instrumental Classroom
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This instructional plan will provide the instructor with the outline and resources to guide students in the composition of original music. Composition incorporates different aspects of music education including creativity, critical thinking, and the application of musical techniques.

Subject:
Music
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Author:
Michelle Milligan
Kelly Bisogno
Date Added:
09/30/2020
Instructional Plan: Copyright and Digital Citizenship
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Students will explore copyright and intellectual property standards as they relate to music, music technology, and digital citizenship. Students will identify and apply their knowledge of copyright law and licensure to select appropriate licenses for an original work. Students will then analyze copyrighted material and understand how to obtain appropriate permission to use the material.

Subject:
Music
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Author:
Michelle Milligan
Kelly Bisogno
Date Added:
10/27/2020
Instructional Plan: Creating a Benefit Concert
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Students will investigate ways that choral music can influence the community. Using project-based learning, students will research organizations in their community to be the beneficiary of a benefit-type concert. Students will select level-appropriate repertoire and create advertising. This project is imagined to be used for collaborative small groups, but could be adapted to work as an individual project.

Subject:
Fine Arts
Music
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Michelle Milligan
Kelly Bisogno
Date Added:
01/19/2021
Instructional Plan: Describing Personal Response to Music Using the "Feelings Wheel"
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This plan introduces students to the “feelings wheel” concept and leads them through developing their own emotional interpretation of specific works, themes, and articulations. A theory of emotions first articulated by American psychologist Robert Plutchik allows emotions to be arranged like colors on a color wheel. 

Subject:
Fine Arts
Music
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Michelle Milligan
Kelly Bisogno
Date Added:
01/20/2021