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The lessons are grouped by activity, but can also fit into many different units of study, such as identity, spaces and places, characters, art and society, artist process, and more.

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Painting

Ruth Asawa. Untitled from Flowers. 1965. One from a portfolio of twelve lithographs (including title page and colophon). Tamarind Lithography Workshop, Inc., Los Angeles. proof outside the edition of 20. Gift of Kleiner, Bell & Co. © Estate of Ruth Asawa.
Ruth Asawa: Wash painting using everyday materials
Sam Gilliam: Create an abstract watercolor painting

Sculpture

Chen Zhen. Un Village sans frontières. 2000. Wood chair and candles. Gift of Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin. © 2021 Chen Zhen/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Judith Scott: Wrapped Sculpture
Cai Guo-Qiang: Found object sculpture stories
Rodney McMillian: Redesign a Space
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Chen Zhen: Construct a paper house
Sheela Gowda: Responding to a social issue with assemblage

Drawing

Ibrahim El-Salahi. Untitled from Prison Notebook. 1976. Ink on paper from a notebook with thirty-eight ink on paper drawings. Acquired through the generosity of Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin, Catie and Donald Marron, Alice and Tom Tisch (in honor of Christophe Cherix), Marnie Pillsbury and Committee on Drawings and Prints Fund. © 2020 Ibrahim El-Salahi / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London; Publication excerpt from Ibrahim El-Salahi. Prison Notebook, 1976. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2018.
Ibrahim El-Salahi: Depicting hope
Marc Chagall: Real and imagined places
SITE: Ideal community
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Rachel Whiteread: Sketching and transforming everyday objects
Willie Cole: Composition with an everyday object
Martin Wong: Drawing with Words
Remedios Varo: Storytelling
Robert Gober: Still life with everyday objects
Anni Albers: Patterns
Jacob Lawrence: Documenting historic and current events
Juan Downey: Redesign a Map
Max Beckmann: New Year’s Memories
Faith Ringgold: Illustrate events from your life
Jose Clemente Orozco: Create an assemblage
Amanda Williams: Color and Memory

Collage and Assemblage

Henri Matisse. The Swimming Pool, Maquette for ceramic (realized 1999 and 2005). Nice-Cimiez, Hôtel Régina, late summer 1952. Gouache on paper, cut and pasted, on painted paper. Mrs. Bernard F. Gimbel Fund. Conservation was made possible by the Bank of America Art Conservation Project. © 2020 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Jean Arp: Chance collage
Alejandro Otero: Rhythmic collage
Henri Matisse: Cutout
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Betye Saar: Shadowbox
Cai Guo-Qiang: Found object sculpture stories
Romare Bearden: Neighborhood collage
Jose Clemente Orozco: Create an assemblage
Piet Mondrian: Represent a place with lines, shapes, and colors
Yayoi Kusama: Create an Accumulation
Hannah Hoch: Make a text collage
Max Ernst: Fantastical animal made of rubbings
Sheela Gowda: Responding to a social issue with assemblage

Architecture and Design

Kazuo Kawasaki. Carna Folding Wheelchair. 1989. SIG Workshop Co. Ltd., Ishikawa, Japan Titanium, rubber, and aluminum honeycomb. Gift of the designer
SITE: Ideal community
Anni Albers: Patterns
Kazuo Kawasaki: Design a Chair for Yourself
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Ed Ruscha: Illustrate a Word or Sound
Dieter Roth: Design a new kind of book
Chen Zhen: Construct a paper house
Smart Car: Design a car for the Future
Desks: Redesign your workspace

Writing

Martin Wong. First letter home from New York (also I joined The Museum of Modern Art). 1978. Felt-tip pen on paper. Gift of the artist’s estate. Courtesy of the Estate of Martin Wong and P.P.O.W Gallery, New York, NY
Ibrahim El-Salahi: Depicting hope
David Hammons: Considering community
Martin Wong: Drawing with Words
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Remedios Varo: Storytelling
Chris Ofili: A to Z poem
Cai Guo-Qiang: Found object sculpture stories
Jacob Lawrence: Documenting historic and current events
John Baldessari: Repetition and Meaning
Ed Ruscha: Illustrate a Word or Sound
Faith Ringgold: Illustrate events from your life
Leonora Carrington: Character sketch
Carrie Mae Weems: Reflecting on everyday moments
On Kawara: Write a Daily Message
Shahzia Sikander: Descriptive Poetry

Photography

Julio Agostinelli. Circus (Circense). 1951. Gelatin silver print. Acquired through the generosity of Richard O. Rieger
Helen Levitt: Photographs of everyday moments
Jose Yalenti: Take a Photograph that Abstracts Nature
Barbara Mors: Take a Photograph of Daily Life
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Julio Agostinelli: Take a Photograph of Shadows
Gertrude Altschul: Take a Photograph of Architecture
Ming Smith: Recreate the photograph

Art and Social Emotional Learning

Helen Levitt. New York. 1984. Chromogenic color print, printed c. 2005. Gift of Marvin Hoshino. © 2020 The Estate of Helen Levitt
Ibrahim El-Salahi: Depicting hope
David Hammons: Considering community
Helen Levitt: Photographs of everyday moments
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Romare Bearden: Neighborhood collage
Jacob Lawrence: Documenting historic and current events
Jose Clemente Orozco: Create an assemblage
Amanda Williams: Color and Memory
Carrie Mae Weems: Reflecting on everyday moments
On Kawara: Write a Daily Message
Marlene Dumas: Expressions
Séraphine Louis: Connect with Nature

Exploring Process and Ideas

Rodney McMillian. Succulent. 2010.
Richard Serra: Action words
Judith Scott: Wrapped Sculpture
Jean Arp: Chance collage
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Max Ernst: Fantastical animal made of rubbings
Juan Downey: Redesign a Map
John Baldessari: Repetition and Meaning
Rodney McMillian: Redesign a Space
Dieter Roth: Design a new kind of book
Joseph Kosuth: Art that makes you think
Ming Smith: Recreate the photograph


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