Exploring Art with Questions

Welcome to Mary Erickson Ventures, your access to art education resources by Dr. Mary Erickson, Professor of Art at Arizona State University.

Introduction to Art Inquiry
Introduction to art inquiry tied to the new (draft) National Core Visual Arts Standards as well as to English Language Arts Standards of the Common Core

Building Unity: Designing with Nature Motifs 
High school design unit inspired by the architecture and design of Mary Colter and Frank Lloyd Wright

My Own Little House
Architecture lessons for young learners featuring the buildings of Mary Colter and Frank Lloyd Wright, with step-by-step instructions for art making and language arts worksheets
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Architecture and Environment
Visually rich, CD-based art unit for grades 5-8 with optional writing activities and social studies ideas featuring the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright

Stories Stories of Art
Middle school short stories written to introduce broad themes and to stimulate inquiry about art, the everyday world, and art making
Stories Stories of Art Teachers Supplement
Lesson plans for writing, online art works for each theme, etc.
dvd Art Making and Meaning: Understanding through Images
Brief video clips of two engaging artists discussing their art and influences, which serve to introduce broad questions that high adolescents or adults can use to explore any artwork or artifact
dvd Art Making and Meaning Educators' Supplement
Lesson plans, recommended adaptations, inquiry map, etc.
Art Making and Meaning CD Activities for MAC Users
If you have difficulty viewing the "Art Making and Meaning" CD activities on a MAC, view the activities online.
visual Tempe Center for the Arts Free Lessons
Growing collection of free lesson plans developed with art teachers and artists in conjunction with exhibitions at the Gallery at the Tempe Center for the Arts, including abundant visuals and PowerPoints with themes ranging from Chuck Jones cartooning, to Going Green, to cultural identity, to bookmaking, and ceramics.
visual Teachers Introduction to Tempe Center for the Arts Lessons
Outline of grade levels, student media, themes, and art concepts introduced in Tempe Center for the Arts lessons. 
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Meet Brother Mario
Video introduction to the history of Florence, Italy and Santa Croce Basilica as narrated by a young monk in a fresco by Giotto

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Expressing What Matters Now & Then
Middle school unit using “Meet Brother Mario” and other online videos to integrate learning in art, music, writing, technology, and science

ViewPoints Art in My World
Entirely online university course built around Art Making and Meaning
Token Token Response
Popular introduction to art game, for all ages
Artery Artery
Bilingual art vocabulary game for grades 4 through 12
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Chicano Art for Our Millennium
Over one hundred beautifully reproduced and annotated Mexican-American artworks followed by an educators’ supplement with six extensive, thematic, inquiry-based instructional units.

Ceramaics Celebrating Excellence in Ceramics
Lessons for secondary students that introduce ancient and contemporary ceramics focusing on proportions and patterns
WCFA Who Cares for Art?
Lessons for secondary students that introduce the art of the late Luis Jimenez, a pioneer of Mexican American art
IOM Images of Me
Paper sculpture lessons focusing on adolescent identity
IOM Protest and Persuasion
Lessons that challenge middle and high school students to make prints that protest, persuade, and provoke ideas

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