A simple answer is through choice. I allow my students to research and explore art history through the web. They answer a few simple questions about some art. I added a twist this year. They have to make art inspired by the art research they completed. There are some really neat projects in progress. I am currently doing this with 3rd-5th grade.
Some of the photos posted are just of students practice or models for their final. I really pushed Envision with this project. I encourage them to find their own way of planning. They just had to write a sentence objective by using the Studio Habits of Mind rings that I implement.
I am also having them created websites to reflect their learning on this project. I hope to share some of those too.
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