COURSE NO. FA -173

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COURSE OVERVIEW

Art &: Critical Thinking and Art Analysis, a free loaner program from National Gallery of Art.  For Grades 3 - 8, do Unit One as outlined in the Teacher’s Guide over one quarter, as a family.

COURSE NOTES

For Grades K through 8, spend a quarter moving through just Unit One, enjoying it leisurely as a family, adding research and notebook entries to your Art with an Active Eye Notebook as you have opportunity.  Unit One studies masterpieces with Greco-Roman mythological themes.  (In high school, we bring back this program and study all four units--be patient, Mom.)
 
Use Teacher Guide Pages 12 - 32 for Unit One/Greco-Roman Origin Myths: discussion notes for Redon’s Pandora, Tiepolo’s Apollo Pursuing Daphne, Fragonard’s Diane and Endymion, Rubens’ The Fall of Phaeton, and Wright’s The Corinthian Maid; eight formal activities.  
 

Scheduling Suggestions: 3x/wk for 20-30min



BOOKS AND MATERIALS

 

Art &: A Teacher's Guide to Lessons and Activities for Fifth and Sixth Graders

  • Author: National Gallery of Art
  • ISBN:        
  • Supplier: National Gallery of Art

This is a free loaner program available from National Gallery of Art. The NGA provides this how-to PDF with information about how to create an account and borrow materials: https://learningresources.nga.gov:7008/Requesting_NGA_Programs.pdf. Go to www.nga.gov/education/learningresources/ and click the "Search Online Catalog" page to start. Do NOT use the search box at the top of the NGA webpages since that searches the site in general and not the educational resources. (Direct link to the "Art &" page: http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/education/teachers/teaching-packets/art-and.html)

 

This is a free loaner program, Art &: Critical Thinking through Art Analysis, available from National Gallery of Art.  The title says it all--this is critical thinking and art appreciation at its best!  It trains the eye to see the story, the message, the movement in the picture.  The set includes twenty 11 x 17-inch art prints and a 115-page study guide.  The NGA study guide includes the course plan, teacher scripts, worksheets--everything you’ll need.  Indeed, the hardest part of this program is mailing it all back at the end of the year!
 
To order this title:
  • Go to http://www.nga.gov/education/learningresources/.
  • Click "Teaching Packets" on the left of the screen.
  • Scroll down to the "Art &: A Teacher's Guide…" icon and click.  Then click on "...create an account…" under "BORROW" to the right of the icon, and follow the directions from there.  (Our preferred method of requesting the loan is to mail or fax the printable order form to the NGA.)
  • On the order form write "Catalog no.: TG101-CD" and "Title: Art &"
  • Under "Organization" write "St. Thomas Aquinas Academy Associate School" 


 

 




LESSON PLANNER

WEEK A
Preparatory Week A: Use this school week to gather the materials for this course and thoroughly read the book notes, course notes, and, if applicable, the weekly lesson plan in your St. Thomas Aquinas Academy curriculum guide.
 

 


WEEK B

Preparatory Week B: Use this school week to complete Preparatory Week A and explore the materials for this course. Flip through all of this course’s materials. Make mental notes about the design and organization the resources for the course (editor’s notes, table of contents, maps, charts, forms, appendices, glossaries, bibliographies, end notes, internet supports, etc.).

 

 


WEEK 1
High School Students: Begin Unit One: Greco-Roman Origin Myths with discussion notes for Redon’s Pandora, Tiepolo’s Apollo Pursuing Daphne, Fragonard’s Diane and Endymion, Rubens’ The Fall of Phaeton, and Wright’s The Corinthian Maid; pages 12-32; 8 extending activities.
 
For Grades 3 - 8, do Unit One as outlined in the Teacher’s Guide over one quarter, as a family.
 

 


WEEK 2
High School Students: Complete Unit One.
 
For Grades 3 - 8, do Unit One as outlined in the Teacher’s Guide over one quarter, as a family.
 

 


WEEK 3
High School Students: Begin Unit Two: Heroes & Heroines with discussion notes for Copley’s Watson and the Shark, Catlin’s The White Cloud, Head Chief of the Iowas, Tiepolo’s Queen Zenobia Addressing Her Soldiers, Saint-Gaudens’ Memorial to Robert Gould Shaw and the Massachusetts Fifty-fourth Regiment, Rubens’ Daniel in the Lions’ Den; pages 33-52; 7 extending activities.
 
For Grades 3 - 8, do Unit One as outlined in the Teacher’s Guide over one quarter, as a family.
 

 


WEEK 4
High School Students: Complete Unit Two.
 
For Grades 3 - 8, do Unit One as outlined in the Teacher’s Guide over one quarter, as a family.
 

 


WEEK 5
High School Students: Begin Unit Three: Art & Ecology with discussion notes for Homer’s Native Huts, Nassau, Cazin’s The Quarry of Monsieur Pascal near Nanterre, Miro’s The Farm, Vuillard’s Place Vintimille, Inness’s The Lackawanna Valley, and Rousseau’s Tropical Forest with Monkeys; pages 53-78; 9 extending activities.
 

 


WEEK 6
High School Students: Complete Unit Three.
 
For Grades 3 - 8, do Unit One as outlined in the Teacher’s Guide over one quarter, as a family.
 

 


WEEK 7
High School Students: Begin Unit Four: Nineteenth-Century America in Art & Literature with discussion notes for Mahantango Valley Farm, The Hobby Horse, Cole’s A View of the Mountain Pass Called the Notch of the White Mountains, Bingham’s The Jolly Flatboatmen, Catlin’s The White Cloud, Head Chief of the Iowas, Inness’s The Lackawanna Valley, and Saint-Gaudens’ Memorial to Robert Gould Shaw and the Massachusetts Fifty-fourth Regiment; pages 79-115; 9 extending activities.
 
For Grades 3 - 8, do Unit One as outlined in the Teacher’s Guide over one quarter, as a family.
 

 


WEEK 8
High School Students: Complete Unit Four.
 
For Grades 3 - 8, do Unit One as outlined in the Teacher’s Guide over one quarter, as a family.
 

 




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