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Exploring Art Movements: A Hands-On Project

Title: Exploring Art Movements: A Hands-On Project

Compliance: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Visual Arts

Subject: Visual Arts

Summary: This project engages twelfth-grade students in exploring different art movements through hands-on activities, fostering creativity and critical thinking skills.

Topic: Art Movements

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify and describe major art movements throughout history
  • Analyze the characteristics and techniques associated with different art movements
  • Create original artwork inspired by a chosen art movement
  • Present and discuss their artwork, explaining the connection to the chosen art movement


This project will involve a combination of research, hands-on art creation, and presentations. Students will work individually or in small groups to explore different art movements, create artwork inspired by their chosen movement, and present their work to the class.

Resources/Materials Required:

  • Art history books or online resources
  • Art supplies (paints, brushes, canvas, paper, etc.)
  • Computers with internet access for research
  • Projector or display for presentations


Step 1: Introduction to Art Movements

Begin by introducing students to the concept of art movements. Provide an overview of major art movements throughout history, such as Renaissance, Impressionism, Cubism, Surrealism, and Pop Art. Discuss the characteristics, techniques, and key artists associated with each movement.

Step 2: Research and Exploration

Assign each student or group a specific art movement to research in-depth. Encourage them to explore the historical context, key artists, notable artworks, and the underlying philosophy or ideology of their chosen movement. Students can use art history books or reliable online resources for their research.

Step 3: Art Creation

Once students have a solid understanding of their chosen art movement, they will create original artwork inspired by that movement. Provide art supplies and guidance as needed. Encourage experimentation with techniques and styles associated with the chosen movement.

Step 4: Presentation and Discussion

Each student or group will present their artwork to the class, explaining the connection to their chosen art movement. Encourage students to discuss the techniques, symbolism, and overall aesthetic of their artwork. Allow time for questions and class discussion after each presentation.


Assessment will be based on the following criteria:

  • Accuracy and depth of research on the chosen art movement
  • Creativity and originality in the artwork
  • Effective presentation skills and ability to articulate the connection between the artwork and the chosen art movement
  • Active participation in class discussions

Provide a rubric outlining the assessment criteria and share it with students before they begin the project.

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Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Visual Arts

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