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Lesson Plan

Visual Arts: Art in Public Places
Subject: Art
Grade span: 3 to 12
Duration: Two to three 45-minute sessions
This lesson was excerpted from the Afterschool Training Toolkit under the promising practice: Involving Families and Communities


This lesson is one example of how to introduce students to arts activities that exemplify the practice of Involving Families and Communities. Public art occupies a prominent place in the development of communities. This project asks students to think in three dimensions as they create a sculpture to reflect community themes.

Learning Goals:



Background Concepts: Sculptures, Statues and Public Art (for instructor review before the lesson)

What to Do:

Session 1: Students Develop a Community Sculpture (may take more than one session) Session 2: Students Interpret Their Own Sculpture

Evaluate (Outcomes to look for):

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