For my activity I created an art history activity for a European or World history class. This would be for high school students, depending on what year they study European or World history. This activity focus on a general overview of art history though 5 historical art period.
The activity is framed as a museum walk-through, where the students get to pick with the order they explore each of the time periods. It uses the feature that brings students to a specific section based on the answer they chose. Each section includes pictures of art from that time period as well as informational videos to introduce the students to that historical art period. Then the students must answer some open-ended questions that encourage higher-order thinking.
Instructions Listed on the Google Form
This is a mini-museum walk-through activity. There are five sections, each containing art and architecture from a historic art period. Take a look at the artwork from each time period and watch the short videos (some are longer but you do not need to watch the whole video!) Then complete the open-ended questions. These questions are meant to be challenging. However, there is no one correct answer so don’t stress too much, just answer it to the best of your abilities using your observations and analysis skills. Its up to you which way you make your way through the museum! You may do them in any order and return to any section to change your answers, but make sure you answer every section before you turn it in!
The goal of this activity is to give the students a general knowledge of some of the historical art periods to contextualize the historical events they are learning about. This activity challenged students to use higher-order thinking skills to answer the open-ended questions. It is not a graded quiz, but it allows for students to take differentiated paths as if they are walking through a museum. Students can return to their previous answers or sections at any time to take another look at the artwork and change their answers.
Images used in the Google Form:
Art Of Our Ancestors: 10 Most Amazing Cave Paintings In The World (article) http://noisebreak.com/art-ancestors-10-amazing-cave-paintings-world/ (creative commons license)
Venus of Willendorf – https://www.piqsels.com/en/public-domain-photo-zbcfm (creative commons license)
Tomb of Nebamun and Ipuky – Metropolitan Museum of Art, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons
Abu Simbel – 10 Most Impressive Ancient Egyptian Temples https://www.touropia.com/ancient-egyptian-temples/ (Creative commons License)
Elgin Marbles – Photograph © Andrew Dunn, 3 December 2005.Website: http://www.andrewdunnphoto.com/
Parthenon – Steve Swayne, CC BY-SA 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Gothic Remis Cathedral – MathKnight and the above mentioned users, CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Cathedral of Barcelona – Mark.thurman92, CC BY-SA 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Cologne Cathedral – Image by Thanks for your Like • donations welcome from Pixabay https://pixabay.com/photos/dom-gothic-cologne-cathedral-square-5216007/
Barcelona Gothic Cathedral – Image by sosinda from Pixabay https://pixabay.com/photos/barcelona-gothic-cathedral-building-3436967/
Sistine Chapel Ceiling – Michelangelo, CC BY-SA 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Michelangelo’s Pieta – Michelangelo, CC BY-SA 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/, via Wikimedia Commons
Christ Delivering the Keys of the Kingdom to Saint Peter by Pietro di Cristoforo Vannucci (1445?-1523), called Perugino. https://www.flickr.com/photos/20919058@N05/5849492515