Creating Meaning in Art

Welcome to CreatingMeaninginArt.net, your access to art education resources by Dr. Mary Erickson, Professor of Art at Arizona State University.

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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.

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Course Materials for ARE 250: Teaching Inquiry in Art
Course syllabus, handbook, and links to other CreatingMeaninginArt.net resources used in ARE 250, a course in the School of Art at Arizona State University

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

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

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

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Decoding the Visual Arts Standards
National Visual Arts Standards; grade by grade specific standards; analysis of relationships between the art standards and STEM Skills, 21st Century Skills, the Stories of Art Curriculum; and a PowerPoint introduction to standards-based unit plans

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Visual Arts Standards-Based Curriculum
Model spiral curriculum to address all 15 standards for each grade level, three sample standards-based unit formats, plus an outline for an art teacher standards based curriculum workshop

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Art Inquiry Lessons
Growing collection of free lesson plans developed with art teachers and artists in conjunction with exhibitions at the Gallery at the Tempe Center for the Arts, including abundant visuals and PowerPoints.

Tempe Center for the Arts, sponsored by Northern Trust
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Art Making and Meaning Videos
Access to the videos and related information

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Lesson plans, recommended adaptations, inquiry map, etc.
Art Making and Meaning: Review, Application and Practice Activities
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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

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Art in My World
Entirely online university course built around Art Making and Meaning

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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

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