students observing art in the gallery

Teaching Resources

Lesson Plan 1Andrew Au and the Creature from an Alternate Place

Pb:Q:44, Etching by Andrew
Au, Assistant Professor

Curricular Ties: Science                         Grade level: 5th grade

Designed by: Kelly and Kaylee


Students will pick 1 alien/mechanical creature from a template, online resource, or magazine and put it in a environmental setting, which they will be from a select list, such as a tundra (this can be left up to their interpretation). The students will learn what an environment is and we will discuss the importance of a habitat, and whether or not this fallen creature can survive in the student’s environment or must return to its own and how their alien may or may not adapt to their new environment. They will be using acrylic paint to create their environment.

Lesson Plan 2Larry Collins: The Messenger: The Message

The Messenger, Color
Lithograph by Larry Winston
Collins, Associate Professor

Curricular Ties: Social Studies                         Grade level: 8th grade

Designed by: Jaclyn Wood, Hailey Marosi


In this lesson the students will be exploring the idea of being a messenger and what makes a messenger good or bad. Students will be guided through a discussion to help them think about these big ideas. Students will be shown Larry Winston Collins’ work, including his print, “The Messenger” from The Miami Portfolio collection. The students will also be thinking critically about messengers in history and implementing their own viewpoint into their artwork. After the discussion, students will be creating their own cardboard relief sculptures in which they express a concept or message with an emphasis on history between 1482-1877. The teacher will assist them throughout the activity as they express their ideas of a messenger. Students will use layering, shapes, gesso, color, and texture to convey their message. The lesson will end with a critique where the students will be able to analyze each other's works.

Lesson Plan 3Susan Ewing: The Miniature to Monumental

Star Sphere, Embossment by
Susan R. Ewing,
Distinguished Professor

Curricular Ties: Social Studies                         Grade level: Beginning High School

Designed by: Liza Torrence and Tara Hayes


This lesson integrates social studies and investigates the meaning of the “miniature and monumental” through sculpture. It is based off of the print, Starsphere, by Susan Ewing in The Miami Portfolio. In this lesson the students will replicate Susan’s creative process regarding her mediums. Just as Susan created a small Starsphere metal sculpture , a large scale Starsphere metal sculpture , and a Starsphere print, the students create an individual small scale sculpture (miniature) and large scale class sculpture (monumental) based off of their definitions of the 1st Amendment. They will also take a picture of their individual project and write reflections for their two-dimensional component, just as Susan made a print.

Lesson Plan 4Jim Killy: Using Metaphor from Patterns used in Nature

60-200 Grit, Intaglio by
E. James Killy, Professor Emeritus

Curricular Ties: Science                         Grade level: 6th Grade

Designed by: Brandy Pfefferle and Nebular Hou


In this lesson, students will learn how to use visual texture, patterns, and value from non-traditional materials to develop a monochromatic print in a traditional way. Students will find at least 10-12 found objects to make rubbings and arrange the textured samples into a collage with an abstract theme. Students will be providing a literary text to explain the metaphor of their composition.

Lesson Plan 5Ellen Price: Keeping the Past

Keeping, Intaglio by Ellen
J. Price, Professor

Curricular Ties: Language Arts                         Grade level: 9th-12th Grade

Designed by: Emma Adams and Lydia Church


Students will learning about Hemingway’s six word stories and how to successfully use writing to communicate a concise message. They will be creating their own six word story that reflects on a particular event or moment in their past that has affected their present, or will affect their future. These stories will then be used to create a reflective mixed-media project. Students have the opportunity to choose the types of media they use within their pieces based on the varied messages they are presenting. The unit will end with a critique and exhibition of the finished works.

Lesson Plan 6Roscoe Wilson: Manmade Effects on the Environment

Drill and Burn, Lithograph
by Roscoe Wilson, Associate

Curricular Ties: Science                         Grade level: 9th-10th Grade

Designed by: Brea Greer & Cassie Pence


In our fast paced world it is easy to lose sight of the marks we as humans make on the planet. Sometimes they are positive marks that foster growth and beauty, and sometimes they are negative marks that damage and sometimes even slowly destroy the world around us. So what positive and negative effects of man do you see on our planet? How is the planet different before and after these effects of man? What specific actions of man affect the planet? In this project we will look at how these essential questions relate to the positive and negative marks that man leaves on the planet. The hope is that students will not only produce a mixed media triptych that raises awareness of man’s mark on the planet, but develops in them their own personal awareness of the marks on our planet.