Looking for ways to incorporate art into your lessons? Exploring fine works of art can seem daunting, even to educators. But by exploring art and the artists who created it, we can learn more about a time period, region or point of view. The series One Minute in a Museum (Published by AWOL) provides nearly 180 one minute videos that feature famous work of art.
Through out the series, characters Rafael, Mona and Nabi give their opinions on paintings, a suit of armor, a sculpture and an ancient vase.
By listening to the characters wonder about the art as they ask questions, create stories and sometimes giggle, we are able to learn more about how the art came to be and decide for ourselves how we feel about it.
To bring these segments to life, access resources from Discovery Education and build on the information from the One Minute series. For example you might start with One Minute in a Museum: Artworks: “The Card Players” by Paul Cezanne where the characters first discuss if the figures are cowboys or card players. We learn that Paul Cezanne is from Aix-en-Provence in France and paints with small strokes of color, without much detail.
Using images of his famous paintings found in Discovery Education (Search: Cezanne and narrow by media type: images) you can zoom in to see the small brush strokes, compare his style with others or look for common themes.
Next, students can learn more about Cezannes life, the region in France he grew up in and the friendship between Cezanne and Emile Zola.
How do you incorporate art into your lessons? Share your ideas in the comments, below!