Unit Plan:
A Jazzy Renaissance  

Written by: Essex Garner 
Course Developed by Melissa A. Mudd
, University of Missouri

LTC 8900: Artistic Thinking: Multimedia Applications for Teaching Art


Cultural Unit Plan: A Jazzy Renaissance

Art Strands: Making Art, Art History, Art Criticism, with and
                    emphasis on the diversity of "Others"
  Develop Topographical Map Reading skills
                    Connect 19th & 20th Century Social Issues with
                               the 21st Century Classroom

Grade levels: 4 through 12
Age levels: 9 through 17
Adaptable to higher and lower grades


Jacob Lawrence, A Boy With Kite, Heroshima Seriers
Lesson Two


Thematic Developments:

     When we think of the word renaissance immediately iconic images of Italian painters and sculptors like
Michelangelo or Leonardo da Vinci come to mind, and there is nothing wrong with revisiting this period of cultural history. Although throughout time there have been many "other" artist that have contributed to other renaissances especially specific to North America. The connected theme within the three studio activities of this unit is "A Jazzy Renaissance ". Americas most successful multicultural investment came about in "New Orleans at the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with the vestiges of French and Spanish colonial roots, the resilience of African influences after the slavery era and the influx of immigrants from Europe. This unit also provides your students with a unique opportunity for in depth discussion and discovery of the artistic changes from the past to their 21st century art classroom.



Lessons within this unit of instruction:



Beginning Microsoft Publisher Lesson

Creativity Connections & Classroom Implications & Applications

   Blog Information for Artistic Thinking


Art and Educator Resources, Curriculums, Standards and Theory

Art21 PBS.org
Reading Writing & Arithmetic
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Illinois State Board of Education
Illinois Visual Arts Standards
Missouri Show Me Standards (Fine Arts)
Howard Gardner's "Theory of Multiple Intelligence" The Arts
Viktor Lowenfeld's Stages Of Artistic Development 1. SCRIBBLE
Drawing Lesson from K-12; Kinder Art (Kinderart.com) Drawing ADA
Teacher First.com (Interactive Art Lessons)

Learning to Think Artistically
Handout created by Joe Cox for Elements of Design