Grades 9–12 Digital Presentation

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VISUAL ARTS, Applied Arts

THE LANGUAGE OF ART: The Elements of Art and Principles of Design
Grades 9–12, 2-D Art, 3-D Art - All levels

Students analyze and discuss artworks that can be customized to your subject in order to better understand artists’ evolving use of the elements of art and design principles.

For a more in-depth program, a two-part presentation option is available:
Part I – The Elements of Art
Part II – The Principles of Design

 

PABLO PICASSO, CUBISM, WAR AND PEACE
Grades 9–12, 2-D Art - All levels

Students explore Picasso’s and Braque’s revolutionary artistic change while investigating the themes of the Spanish Civil War, WWII, and world peace. Students discuss and analyze cubist paintings, sculptures, multiple self-portraits, ceramics, and the iconic Les Demoiselles d’Avignon and Guernica.

 

DIEGO RIVERA AND FRIDA KAHLO: 20th-Century Mexican Artists
Grades 9–12, 2-D Art - All levels

Students view Rivera’s murals and paintings and Kahlo’s self-portraits and other paintings, learning how their lives intertwined and how their styles differ. The connection among modern Mexico, the United States, and Russia is also discussed through the artworks of the two artists. Students look for the influences of cultural ideals and inventions on art.

 

DISCOVERING ART THROUGH CRITICAL THINKING
Grades 9–12, 2-D Art, 3-D Art - All levels

Students use critical thinking skills to perform an in-depth analysis of form and content on a small number of contemporary artworks. They compare and contrast themes and the use of the elements of art, style, and varying media. Students interpret an artwork’s meaning and identify cultural and global significance while assessing how point of view and purpose shapes the content and style of the work(s).

 

THE LANGUAGE OF PHOTOGRAPHY: The Elements of Art through the Lens of Photography – New
Grades 9–12, Photography, 2-D Art
Students analyze and discuss photographs in order to better understand how to compose within the camera while utilizing the elements of art and the principles of design.

 

SOCIAL DOCUMENTARY AND STREET PHOTOGRAPHY: Keeping It Real
Grades 9–12, Photography, 2-D Art - All levels
Students explore the diverse and rich work of photographers who use their cameras as tools for social change. The presentation weaves together social documentary and street photographs to inspire students’ creativity. 

For a more in-depth program, a two-part Photography presentation option is available:
Part I – THE LANGUAGE OF PHOTOGRAPHY: The Elements of Art through the Lens of Photography
Part II – SOCIAL DOCUMENTARY AND STREET PHOTOGRAPHY: Keeping It Real

 

MODERN SCULPTURE: Breaking the mold
Grades 9–12, 3-D Art - All levels
Students explore examples of 20th-century sculpture in media as diverse as metal, ceramics, and found objects while looking at artists and some of the defining art movements throughout this era of dramatic change, such as modernism, ceramic funk, and contemporary. Students will analyze and discuss the concepts of material, space, and form while looking at the techniques and processes of three-dimensional art such as additive, subtractive, assemblage, and ready-made.

 

DIGITAL VISUAL COMMUNICATION
Grades 9–12, Computer Graphics, Yearbook
Students explore computer based graphic and information design, advertising, web design, and data visualization in the context of effective visual communication. They discuss and analyze how the selection of the content, the elements of art, and the principles of design affect modern communication.

For a more in-depth program, a two-part presentation option is available. The topics covered in each part will be selected based on your curriculum.

 

MEXICAN ART AND ACTIVISM: THE LEGACY
Grade 9–12, 2-D Art - All levels
Explore the artistic legacy of post-revolutionary Mexico and learn how it inspired artists across the border and around the world, including WPA muralists, Chicano artists, and contemporary street artists.

 

JAPANESE PRINTS: Impressionism and Beyond
Grade 9–12, 2-D Art - All levels
Students observe and discuss the impact of the Northern Renaissance’s perspective on Japanese block print artists and the later Japanese artists’ influence on French impressionists and post-impressionists. They compare the artworks of Hokusai, Hiroshige, Monet, Degas, Cassatt, van Gogh, and others.

 

SOCIAL STUDIES AND HISTORY

DIEGO RIVERA AND FRIDA KAHLO: 20th-Century Mexican Artists
Grade 10

Students view Rivera’s murals and paintings and Kahlo’s self-portraits and other paintings, learning how their lives intertwined and how their styles differ. The connection among modern Mexico, the United States, and Russia is also discussed through the artworks of the two artists. Students look for the influences of cultural ideals and inventions on art.

 

PABLO PICASSO, CUBISM, WAR AND PEACE
Grade 10

Students explore the revolutionary artistic change of Picasso and Braque while investigating the themes of the Spanish Civil War, World War II, and world peace. Students discuss and analyze cubist paintings, sculptures, multiple self-portraits, ceramics, and the iconic Les Demoiselles d’Avignon and Guernica.

 

AMERICAN ART IN MODERN TIMES
Grade 11
Students observe and interpret art of the 20th and 21st centuries in a historical context that shows the development of art in America from modernism to the contemporary art trends of new media, cultural diversity, technology, and globalism.

 

CIVIL RIGHTS IN AMERICA: African-American Artists and the Struggle for Equality
Grade 11
Students explore social justice and interpret works of art by African-American artists from the pre-civil rights era to the present. Topics include: The Spiral Collective (Romare Bearden, Hale Woodruff); civil rights during the 1950s and 1960s (Jacob Lawrence, Elizabeth Catlett); and The Black Arts movement and contemporary art (Kara Walker, Alison Saar).

 

SOCIAL DOCUMENTARY AND STREET PHOTOGRAPHY: Keeping It Real
Grade 11
Students explore the diverse and rich work of photographers who use their cameras as tools for social change. The presentation weaves together social documentary and street photographs to inspire student’s creativity.  

For a more in-depth look at American culture and forms of activism we recommend you request both the Civil Rights in America and the Social Documentary and Street Photography presentations.

 

MEXICAN ART AND ACTIVISM: THE LEGACY
Grade 10, 11
Explore the artistic legacy of post-revolutionary Mexico and learn how it inspired artists across the border and around the world, including WPA muralists, Chicano artists, and contemporary street artists.

ENGLISH AND WORLD LANGUAGES

Please note that all presentations are given in English.

DIEGO RIVERA AND FRIDA KAHLO: 20th-Century Mexican Artists
Grades 9–12, Spanish - All levels

Students view Rivera’s murals and paintings and Kahlo’s self-portraits and other paintings, learning how their lives intertwined and how their styles differ. The connection among modern Mexico, the United States, and Russia is also discussed through the artworks of the two artists. Students look for the influences of cultural ideals and inventions on art. 

 

SOCIAL DOCUMENTARY AND STREET PHOTOGRAPHY: Keeping It Real
Grades 9–12, English, Journalism

Students explore the diverse and rich work of photographers who use their cameras as tools for social change. The presentation weaves together social documentary and street photographs to inspire student’s creativity.

 

 

JAPANESE PRINTS: IMPRESSIONISM AND BEYOND
Grades 9–12, Japanese, French - All levels

Students observe and discuss the impact of the Northern Renaissance’s perspective on Japanese block print artists and the later Japanese artists’ influence on French impressionists and post-impressionists. They compare the artworks of Hokusai, Hiroshige, Monet, Degas, Cassatt, van Gogh, and others.

 

DISCOVERING ART THROUGH CRITICAL THINKING
Grades 9–12, English, Journalism - All levels

Students use critical thinking skills to perform an in-depth analysis of form and content in a small number of contemporary artworks. They compare and contrast themes as well as the use of the elements of art, style, and varying media. Students interpret an artwork’s meaning and identify cultural and global significance while assessing how point of view and purpose shapes the content and style of the work(s).

 

MEXICAN ART AND ACTIVISM: THE LEGACY
Grade 9–12, Spanish - All levels
Explore the artistic legacy of post-revolutionary Mexico and learn how it inspired artists across the border and around the world, including WPA muralists, Chicano artists, and contemporary street artists.

NEW PRESENTATION

THE LANGUAGE OF PHOTOGRAPHY: The Elements of Art through the Lens of Photography

Students analyze and discuss photographs in order to better understand how to compose within the camera while utilizing the elements of art and the principles of design.

For a more in-depth program, a two-part Photography presentation option is available:
Part I – THE LANGUAGE OF PHOTOGRAPHY: The Elements of Art through the Lens of Photography
Part II – SOCIAL DOCUMENTARY AND STREET PHOTOGRAPHY: Keeping It Real


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FAQS

What is a two-part presentation?
Two presentations given across the school year that allow for more depth in the subject and a better alignment with your curriculum.  We recommend you schedule one for the first half of the year and one for the second half of the year. 

How long are the presentations?
Each presentation is 50-60 minutes depending on grade level and class time available. Teachers must remain in the classroom during the entire presentation. 

How can I customize the presentation for my class?
Fill in the note section of the request form and work with your assigned docent to let them know what would work best for your class. For example: “We are just beginning a project on logos and would like the Digital Visual Communications presentation to include typography and logo design.”

How can I sign up?
To request a presentation for your class please use the online Art in the Dark Presentation Request Form. If you need assistance please e-mail llaa@sjmusart.org or call 408.291.5393. Plan early for best availability as programs fill very quickly. We make every effort to accommodate your scheduling preference, but because we cannot guarantee availability, your presentation date is confirmed only after you receive a confirmation email from one of our Art in the Dark docents.

 

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