Creating Meaning in Art

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Token Response 2.0
A series of games and activities by and for museum educators and teachers to facilitate active response to artworks or artists in museums, classrooms, galleries, artists' studios or other venues where people encounter art


Introduction to Art Inquiry
An introduction to questions as invitations to create meaning both for understanding the art of others and for stimulating one’s own art making

AMS Repro.

Thomas Hart Benton Inquiry Reports
Samples of descriptive, contextual, and interpretive analysis, plus illustrated Thomas Hart Benton handouts for elementary, middle school and high school students


Visual Arts Standards
National Visual Arts Standards; grade by grade specific standards; standards-based curriculum models; alignment of art inquiry with standards; and analysis of relationships between the art standards STEM Skills, and 21st Century Skills


Art Inquiry Educator Tools
Downloadable Inquiry Guides and over 30 curriculum units inspired by exhibitions at the Gallery at the Tempe Center for the Arts


Stories of Art
Middle school short stories written to introduce broad themes and to stimulate inquiry about art, the everyday world, and art making


Theory of the development of ideas that people of various ages and backgrounds use for understanding art, with reflection exercises

Meet Brother Mario
Adobe Flash video introduction to the history of Florence, Italy and Santa Croce Basilica as narrated by a young monk in a fresco by Giotto


Chicano Art for Our Millennium
Over one-hundred beautifully reproduced and annotated Mexican-American artworks followed by an educator's supplement with six extensive, thematic, inquiry-based instructional units


Who Cares for Art?
Lessons for secondary students that introduce the art of the late Luis Jimenez, a pioneer of Mexican American art


Images of Me
Paper sculpture lessons focusing on adolescent identity (Note: If the site looks old-fashioned, it is. It was created in the 20th Century.


Protest and Persuasion
Lessons that challenge middle and high school students to make prints that protest, persuade, and provoke ideas (Note: If the site looks old-fashioned, it is. It was created in the 20th Century.

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