Grades 6–8 Digital Presentations

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Summer, from the series The Four Seasons, 2005, Huang Yan
Arts
Digital Visual Communication
The Language of Art
Discovering Art Through
Critical Thinking
The Two Fridas, 1939, Frida Kahlo
Languages
Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo
Mexican Art and Activism
Discovering Art Through
Critical Thinking
Brook Watson and the Shark, 1778, John Singleton Copley
History
Ancient Civilizations
Middle Ages and the Renaissance
American Art 1600–1900
Civil Rights in America
Mexican Art and Activism
Walter Robinson, 2008
Science and Math
STEAM = STEM + Art
Digital Visual Communication
Let's Create!
Special Day Classes
Art for You

HISTORY

ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS
Grade 6
Students observe and discuss the art and architecture of the early civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Ancient Israel, India, China, Greece, and Rome. Students look for cultural similarities and differences between the diverse peoples studied.

Please note that content will vary depending on the presentation time so please let your docent know your preferences.

For a more in-depth program, a two-part presentation option is available:
Part I – Prehistoric Art and the Art of the early civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel, and India.
Part II – Art of Ancient China, Greece, and the Roman Empire.

 

MIDDLE AGES AND THE RENAISSANCE
Grade 7
Students analyze and discuss the interconnection of middle ages art of Rome and Christendom, the Islamic World, West Africa, South Asia, East Asia, and the Americas. They will look at the impact of trade, religion, geography, and inventions on art and architecture. In the Renaissance presentation, students observe and discuss the evolution of art in Italy and Northern Europe with examples from Giotto, Brunelleschi, Donatello, da Vinci, Michelangelo, van Eyck, and Dürer. 

Please note that content will vary depending on the presentation time, so please let your docent know your preferences.

For a more in-depth program, two or three-part presentation options are available. The topics covered in each part will be selected based on your curriculum from the following list:

  • Middle Ages – Art and Architecture of the Middle Ages in Rome and Christendom, the Islamic World, West Africa, South Asia (India), East Asia (China, Japan, and Korea), and the Americas.
  • Renaissance – Art of the Italian and Northern European Renaissance.

 

AMERICAN ART 1600–1900
Grade 8
Spark new interest in American history.  Students view and discuss the art and innovative designs of the early Colonial Period, the American Revolution, the Early Republic, the Westward Movement (including myth versus reality in art), the Civil War, and the Industrial Revolution.

For a more in-depth program, a two-part presentation option is available:
Part I – Art and innovation of the early republic – early immigrants and the American Revolution.
Part II – Art and innovation from the Civil War forward – early 1800s, Civil War, and the Industrial Revolution.

 

CIVIL RIGHTS IN AMERICA: American Artists and the Struggle for Equality
Grade 8
Students explore social justice and interpret works of art by 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).

 

MEXICAN ART AND ACTIVISM: THE LEGACY
Grade 8
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.

 

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LANGUAGES

Please note that all presentations are given in English.

DIEGO RIVERA AND FRIDA KAHLO: 20th-Century Mexican Artists
Grades 6–8, 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.

 

MEXICAN ART AND ACTIVISM: THE LEGACY
Grades 6–8, 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.

 

DISCOVERING ART THROUGH CRITICAL THINKING
Grades 6–8, English, ESL - All levels 
Students use critical thinking skills to perform an in-depth analysis of form and content while looking at 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).

 

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SCIENCE AND MATH

STEAM = STEM + ART
Grade 6–8, By grade
Students examine artworks and artistic processes that provide real-world examples of the integration of art with math, science, technology, and engineering. Using the Math CCCSS and the NGSS as guides, these presentations are tailored for each grade level and can be requested by subject focus. The following lists our standard content by grade:


Grade 6 Science – California landscape’s connection with earth science geology; EcoArt’s connection with earth and human activity, global warming; Bio Art’s connection with organism structure cells; and Land Art’s connection with earth systems water cycle.

Grade 6 Math – Egyptian, Greek, and Renaissance Art’s connection with ratios, unit rate, and algebraic expressions; ancient to modern art’s connection with the golden ratio; modern geometric art’s connection with basic geometry.

Grade 7 Science – Renaissance Art’s connection with chemical reactions and the scientific process; EcoArt’s connection with biodiversity and ecosystems; Bio Art’s connection with cells; Land Art’s connection with earth systems erosion, Naturalist Art’s connection with photosynthesis and evolution.

Grade 7 Math – Renaissance Art’s connection with constant of proportion, engineering design, linear equations, linear perspective; OP Art’s connection with informal geometric structure, New Media Art’s connection with linear equations.

Grade 8 Science – Light Art’s connection with waves and basic electronics; Kinetic Art’s connection with Newton’s Laws, Law of Levers, and energy; Astrophotography’s connection with the solar system; and Land Art’s connection with engineering design; Rube Goldberg machine’s connection with simple machines, engineering design, and energy.

Grade 8 Math – Light Art and Animation’s connection with functions and bivariant data; Tessellation Art’s connection with geometry and proportions.

 

DIGITAL VISUAL COMMUNICATION
Grades 6–8, Multimedia, Project-based learning subjects - All levels
Students explore graphic design, infographic and presentation design, typography, and data visualization in the context of effective visual communication. They discuss and analyze how the selection of the content, the selection of the media, the elements of art, and the principles of design effect 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.

 

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SPECIAL DAY CLASSES – NEW

ART FOR YOU
Grades 6–8, SDC

Students participate in a fun, informative, and interactive look at the way we communicate through art using the elements of art. The presentation adapts to fit wide-ranging needs and capabilities of the special education student. Your docent will work with you to provide the drawing activity, video and artwork selections, and mode of delivery that will best meet the needs of your students.

 

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ARTS

DIGITAL VISUAL COMMUNICATION
Grades 6–8, Multimedia, Project-based learning subjects - All levels
Students explore graphic designd, infographic and presentation design, typography, and data visualization in the context of effective visual communication. They discuss and analyze how the selection of the content, the selection of the media, the elements of art, and the principles of design effect 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.

 

THE LANGUAGE OF ART: The Elements of Art and Principles of Design
Grades 6–8, 2-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

 

DISCOVERING ART THROUGH CRITICAL THINKING
Grades 6–8, 2-D Art - All levels 
Students use critical thinking skills to perform an in-depth analysis of form and content while looking at 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).

 

MEXICAN ART AND ACTIVISM: THE LEGACY
Grade 6–8, 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.

 

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NEW

ART FOR YOU
Grades 6–8, SDC
Students participate in a fun, informative, and interactive look at the way we communicate through art using the elements of art. The presentation adapts to fit wide-ranging needs and capabilities of the special education student. Your docent will work with you to provide the drawing activity, video, and artwork selections, and mode of delivery that will best meet the needs of your students.

MIDDLE AGES AND THE RENAISSANCE - Three-part
At your request a more in-depth program for the middle ages is available with the three-part presentation option.

 

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FAQS

Do you have any resources available for me that relate to the presentation I have signed up for?
Yes. Go to our AITD education website to access pre-presentation teacher’s guides, lessons, and resources offered for teachers who request the program.

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 a combined 5/6 social studies class and would like some Native American art included in the presentation,” or “We are following the History-Social Science Framework and would like the Framework Ancient Civilizations two-part presentation.”

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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