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Found In: arts, language arts, social studies, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) provides theme-based activities for students in grades 4 through college in visual arts, language arts, history, and social studies at ArtThink. Students can explore, create, and play with art concepts.

Introductory: Visual Arts organizes lessons and activities under three headings: visual arts, language arts, and history/social studies. Each lesson/activity features an artist or artists and is linked to a theme which, in turn, links it to other visual arts, language arts, and history/social studies lessons.

For example. In the language arts lesson “A Play in One Act,” students study Kerry James Marshall, Kara Walker, and Romare Bearden to learn how their art relates to the play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry. Students then write a one-act play to reveal a missing perspective. The lesson includes examples of each artist’s work with audio and video commentary by the artists and others. This lesson’s theme links it to three other lessons.

Advanced: Visual Arts is organized in the same fashion. In the visual arts lesson “Revealing Missing Perspectives,” students study the work of Kerry James Marshall, Kara Walker, and Romare Bearden to understand how they re-tell, re-shape, and re-imagine historical narratives. They then create their own history painting.

One of the goals of all the site’s lessons is encourage a close study of visual art and students are strongly encouraged to use the zoom tool.

Tools & Games offers reference materials that range from a glossary to the "Detail Detective," a visual-literacy game, and "Art Basics," an interactive activity illustrating the concepts of line, color, texture, shape, form, and space. “Detail Detective” is a fun and challenging activity that will develop observational skill. Students who can visit the museum can use "Take-Home Treasure Hunts" before or after their museum visit.

For Teachers provides an overview of the website.




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