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Arts Alive Part 1
Course Length: 1 Semester
Has Textbook: Yes
Arts Alive Part 1 will expose students to various art forms, such as visual arts, music, and literary arts. The course's lessons and activities will increase students' awareness and appreciation of art. A majority of the activities involve reading and writing responses to summarize or present students' thoughts about particular artists or forms of art. Examples of some of the projects or activities include: compare and contrast essays about artists and their artwork, designing an illuminated letter, creating a poem, and playing interactive games on art websites.

Course Objectives

Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills

  • Identify fundamental elements of art and principles of design.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the concept of realism in visual art.
  • Explore the lives and works of the Impressionist painters.
  • Recognize the art of Pablo Picasso and Georgia O'Keefe.
  • Discover the Expressionist and Surrealist art movements.
  • Analyze and interpret works from the Hard-Edge, Pop Art, and Neo-Expressionist art movements.
  • Discuss how modern art has changed since the beginning of the twentieth century.

Unit 2: Essential Content and skills

  • Explain the musical concepts of tone, pitch, melody, and rhythm.
  • Identify the basic symbols of music theory, including Middle C, notes on a scale, accidentals, and rests.
  • Recognize the functions of the tempo and dynamic symbols used in sheet music.
  • Explore and identify classical, Romantic, and patriotic forms of music.
  • Recognize music played by a variety of orchestral instruments. 
  • Discuss the characteristics of jazz and blues music.
  • Explore the musical genres of gospel, pop, Big Band, swing, and Motown, and recognize the British Invasion.

Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills

  • Use the guide on deciphering poetry to interpret a poem.
  • Create a contemporary haiku based on a subject from life or nature.  
  • Describe the Romantic and Victorian literary periods.
  • Explain the use of dramatic monologue as a poetic device.
  • Define similes and metaphors and identify examples.
  • Discover authors from a variety of cultures.

Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills

  • Review basic concepts in visual arts.
  • Recognize a variety of artistic styles, and describe the lives of the artists introduced throughout the course.
  • Compose a song based on historical music.
  • Review the basic elements of the literary arts.
  • Create original acrostic, diamante, and letter poems.
  • Analyze illustrations in books.

Course Materials

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