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Construction of the Major Scale

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This site takes you through the process of building a major scale, the essential building block of all key signatures and music. Audio examples of major scales are included with visual examples of how to build a scale. Very useful for beginning instrumental and vocal students.

Material Type: Interactive, Lesson, Student Guide

Author: Ricci Adams

“Ritmo Embolada” An Introduction of Brazilian Rhythm

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‘Embolada” is a form of poetry and song that has set refrains. The refrains allow singers to organize their next improvised stanza in their heads—even as the music is sounding. (McGowan,1991) This form of traditional music is active in the northeastern region of Brazil. Embolada has a fast rhythm and complex tone that deftly incorporate varied lyrics and onomatopoeia. Embolada is mostly improvised following a dialogue by the “Embolador”, who sings while hitting the Pandeiro at short intervals in between verses. The singer needs considerable skill, experience, and a sense of humor . Embolada is sung in the streets; it is influenced by American rap music and African music. Using the Embolada rhythm, students can improvise lyrics and sing solo.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Hiromi Takasu

23 Creative Sketchbook Examples to Inspire High School Painting/Fine Arts Students

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This article contains a collection of beautiful sketchbook pages to help students studying a range of high school Art qualifications, including GCSE, A Level and IB Visual Art. The collection includes sketchbooks completed by students as well as artist sketchbooks. Pages have been selected to demonstrate different sketchbook presentation techniques as well as to indicate the variety of layout styles possible. Descriptions underneath each image provide tips and guidance, outlining the successful aspects of each page.

Material Type: Reading

Author: Amiria Robinson

Abstraction Expressionism and Pop Art: Color and Environment

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Students will consider the choices artists make with regard to painting, focusing on color, shape, composition, proportion, balance, style, and scale; learn how to discuss and compare nonrepresentational works of art; think about their relationship as a viewer to works of art and will consider how an abstract work can evoke a sense of atmosphere or place.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: MoMALearning

Andy Warhol Digital Self-Portraits

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Students are introduced to the life and art of Andy Warhol as a way of considering photography as a self-portrait medium. After viewing and discussing other artists' photographic self-portraits, students create their own digitally manipulated photographic self-portrait and then write a poem to describe the point of view taken in their digital work of art. Through links included in the resource, students view more of Andy Warhol's self-portraits at The Warhol museum, take a photo with a virtual camera and experiment with editing tools in NGAkids Photo Op, and listen to the brief podcast “In the Darkroom: Photographic Processes before the Digital Age.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: National Gallery of Art

Asian Art Resource Guide

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This resource aims to: engage teachers and students in acquiring authentic and culturally respectful information; build factual knowledge about art, history, religion, cultural traditions, the role of the artist and the use of materials and techniques; support teachers and students in developing skills in intercultural understanding; and develop Asia literacy, the understanding and valuing of the wealth of artistic and cultural traditions of Asia, and the links we share across countries and cultures.

Material Type: Unit of Study

Author: National Gallery of Victoria Education Staff