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Eighth Grade Fine Arts Resources

Careers for the 21st Century: Media and the Arts Occupations

Subject: Media Arts
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
"Careers For the Twenty First Century" is the most comprehensive series for career exploration on the market today. This segment allows viewers to "job shadow" the possible careers in the category of media and arts. The occupations explored include: Actors & Directors, Radio & TV Broadcasters, Graphic Design Artists, Artists (Fine Arts), Musicians, Designers, Reporters & Correspondents, and Photographers & Photojournalists.
Skill: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.
Georgia Standard: MA8.CN.1
 
 
Subject: Media Arts
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
Explores how animations and art are inscribed on an egg using a digital video camera.
Skill: Refine and complete artistic work.
Georgia Standard: MA8.CR.3
 
 
Subject: Media Arts
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video Tutorial
Students will learn animation basics by virtually flipping from image to image very quickly to create the illusions of movement. Students will create a virtual animation flipbook.
Skill: Refine and complete artistic work.
Georgia Standard: MA8.CR.3
 
 
Subject: Music
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Interactive
Learn to create and share your own songs, adding beats, melodies and harmonies.
Skill: Improvise, compose, and arrange music within specified guidelines
Georgia Standard: MSBB.CR.1
 
 
Subject: Music
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video
Robert Franz, associate conductor of the Louisville Orchestra, explains the terms crescendo and decrescendo. Then, the Louisville Youth Orchestra performs the “Storm Movement” from Ludwig Van Beethoven’s 6th Symphony.
Skill: Recognize ensemble skills through performance of musical literature (e.g. rehearsal etiquette, dynamic expression, style, blend and balance, steady tempo, rhythmic accuracy, intonation).
Georgia Standard: MSBB.PR.2c
 
 
Subject: Music
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video
A young performer is preparing a well-known and challenging song in this video adapted from Broadway or Bust. She works with a coach to find a successful way to connect to the song and accommodate her type of voice and temperament. He suggests specific ideas to think about while singing and uses a scene partner to help her build the interpretation.
Skill: Perceive, analyze, and interpret meaning in musical works.
Georgia Standard: MSBC.RE.1
 
 
Subject: Music
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video
Have you heard the conspiracy theory that Nicki Minaj songs are just Jay-Z pitched up? Well that may not be true, but changing the pitch of their songs can create a hilarious effect. LA Buckner and Nahre Sol explore the history of how pitch shifting has been used in music for artistic results, from Alvin and the Chipmunks to T-Pain.
Skill: Listen to and describe the elements of a musical performance, including form, voicing, and dynamic contrast.
Georgia Standard: MSBC.RE.1b
 
 
Subject: Dance
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video
Explore what dance is, the role of the choreographer in the creation of a dance, and three purposes of dance—artistic, ceremonial, and recreational—with this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series.
Skill: Demonstrate an understanding of dance as it relates to other areas of knowledge.
Georgia Standard: MSD.CN.3
 
 
Subject: Dance
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video
Four sections give an overview of ballet in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series. These sections include history, characteristics, dancer training, innovative choreographers, and how to watch ballet.
Skill: Identify and demonstrate movement elements, technique, and terminology in dance.
Georgia Standard: MSD.PR.1
 
 
Subject: Dance
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video
Learn about locomotor and nonlocomotor movement and explore how dance movement differs from other types of movement with this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series. This video also discusses dancers’ training and techniques.
Skill: Identify the relationship between human anatomy and movement.
Georgia Standard: MSD.PR.3
 
 
Subject: Music
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video
Hi-hats. That blazing fast sound is everywhere—pop, reggaeton, country—and hi-hats are essential in trap music. Where exactly did trap music come from and how did it become a part of so many other musical styles? Hosts LA Buckner and Nahre Sol explore the genre's roots and make their own original beat inspired by the trap sound.
Skill: Connect music to history and culture.
Georgia Standard: MSGM8.CN.2
 
 
Subject: Music
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video
Adam Neely joined LA and Nahre in the studio for an improvised jam session. Adam comes from a jazz and rock background, while Nahre comes from a classical background, and LA comes from a gospel and R&B background. Together they talk about the differences in how they approach music.
Skill: Describe distinguishing characteristics of representative music genres and styles from a variety of cultures.
Georgia Standard: MSGM8.CN.2a
 
 
Subject: Theatre
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video
In this interview, 2015 MacArthur Fellow Lin-Manuel Miranda shares his journey to Broadway and his realization that he was free to tell stories reflecting his own experiences and community.
Skill: Explore how theatre connects to life experience, careers, and other content.
Georgia Standard: TA8.CN.1
 
 
Subject: Theatre
Source: Georgia Public Broadcasting
Resource Type: Video
Robert Herman, Executive Director of the Morton Theatre, comments on the life and legacy of Monroe Bowers "Pink" Morton, who built the Morton Theater in 1910, served as a postmaster, published two newspapers and owned 30 buildings in the Athens area. The center of Morton's empire was the Morton Building, which became the center of African-American business and entertainment in Athens at the turn of the century.
Skill: Explore how theatre connects to life experience, careers, and other content.
Georgia Standard: TA8.CN.1
 
 
Subject: Theatre
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video
Learn how Jim Crow laws impacted home ownership and the pursuit of the American Dream in this series of videos from the American Masters film, Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart.
Skill: Examine the role of theatre in a societal, cultural, and historical context.
Georgia Standard: TA8.CN.2
 
 
Subject: Visual Art
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video
Witness Jilian Voss-Andreae's transparent sculpture that is made of stainless steel.
Skill: Develop personal artistic voice through connecting uses of art within a variety of cultural, historical, and contemporary contexts.
Georgia Standard: VA8.CN.1
 
 
Subject: Visual Art
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
In the modern age, the arts spectrum has expanded to include cinema and television along with the classical arts of music, dance, and painting. In this series, students will take a look at the art of yesterday and today, meet artists and learn their influences, and find out how to start their own career in the arts. Artists, designers, and photographers have an eye for beauty and form. Is someone born with these skills or can they be learned? Get a behind-the-scenes look into the visual arts.
Skill: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.
Georgia Standard: VA8.CN.2
 
 
Subject: Visual Art
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video with Support Materials
In this Spark video produced by KQED, tour John Held Jr's expansive collection of mail art, one of the most extensive in the world. For more than 25 years, Held has been collecting art sent to him through the mail, and the collection amounts to well over 30,000 pieces. He has since donated part of his collection to various art institutions, including New York's Museum of Modern Art, the J. Paul Getty Foundation and the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art, but Held still keeps much of his collection of correspondences.
Skill: Develop life skills through the study and production of art.
Georgia Standard: VA8.CN.2
 
 
Subject: Visual Art
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
Presents the historical significance of the American folk art watercolor painting "The Old Plantation."
Skill: Choose from a range of materials and/or methods of traditional and contemporary artistic practices to plan and create works of art.
Georgia Standard: VA8.CR.2
 
 
Subject: Visual Art
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
Controls a system of pulleys and gears to draw hypnotic art.
Skill: Choose from a range of materials and/or methods of traditional and contemporary artistic practices to plan and create works of art.
Georgia Standard: VA8.CR.2
 
 
Subject: Visual Art
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
Demonstrates how an artist is able to draw incredibly realistic pictures.
Skill: Choose from a range of materials and/or methods of traditional and contemporary artistic practices to plan and create works of art.
Georgia Standard: VA8.CR.2
 
 
Subject: Visual Art
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
Watches artist Ewan McClure paint his self-portrait with a mirror.
Skill: Choose from a range of materials and/or methods of traditional and contemporary artistic practices to plan and create works of art.
Georgia Standard: VA8.CR.2
 
 
Subject: Visual Art
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video with Support Materials
In this Spark video produced by KQED, explore the method and meaning behind Anna Von Mertens's quilts that are covered with as many as 100,000 hand-sewn stitches. Anna Von Mertens's quilts are works of extraordinary depth and complexity. Composed of bold colors in broad geometric patterns, Von Mertens's quilts at first glance resemble color field paintings or minimalist sculptures. Up close, however, it becomes apparent that Von Mertens has superimposed multiple systems and layers of meaning in a single piece, merging the psychological with the geographic, the aesthetic with the scientific.
Skill: Engage in an array of processes, media, techniques, and/or technology through experimentation, practice, and persistence.
Georgia Standard: VA8.CR.3
 
 
Subject: Visual Art
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
The Star Wars opening crawl is arguably as iconic as light sabers and Darth Vader himself. When A New Hope hit theaters in 1977 audiences rose to their feet during this intro crawl, cheering in unfiltered excitement. Over the past 42 years each of the following trilogy films led with this same introduction. Yet, the Star Wars crawl actually has its roots in the early days of cinema. Cheddar explains how this legendary introduction was invented and shot and reveals what exactly makes it so iconic.
Skill: Engage in an array of processes, media, techniques, and/or technology through experimentation, practice, and persistence.
Georgia Standard: VA8.CR.3
 
 
Subject: Visual Art
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video with Support Materials
In this Spark video produced by KQED, watch Julie Chen stretch the definition of bookmaking and book art with her awe-inspiring paper sculptures. Chen is a groundbreaking innovator in this growing field, producing works that combine original poetry, letterpress and three-dimensional paper techniques to stunning effect. Original air date: March 2004.
Skill: Incorporate formal and informal components to create works of art.
Georgia Standard: VA8.CR.4
 
 
Subject: Visual Art
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video
In this virtual sculpture studio, students will experience the step-by-step carving process. Students will understand that carving is a subtractive process.
Skill: Choose from a range of materials and/or methods of traditional and contemporary artistic practices to plan and create works of art.
Georgia Standard: VA8.CR2
 
 
Subject: Visual Art
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video
Follow each step of Kehinde Wiley's process from casting models on the streets, to creating finished images. Wiley says "Sometimes the exotic can be right in front of you…the way that I have seen black people being portrayed in this country feels very strange and exotic because it has nothing to do with the life that I've lived." Here Kehinde introduces the idea that foreign images are not always from far away countries, but can be very close to home. In Kehinde’s work he does not reject or affirm societal portrayals of black people, but investigates these images as if they were foreign and asks viewers to do the same.
Skill: Choose from a range of materials and/or methods of traditional and contemporary artistic practices to plan and create works of art.
Georgia Standard: VA8.CR2
 
 
Subject: Visual Art
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video with Support Materials
This media gallery features the three-part video series Groundswell: Respect is the Strongest Compliment, which documents a group of young women taking on the issue of street harassment through the creation of a mural in Brooklyn, New York. The videos feature the artists discussing the collaborative process and the transformative power of art making. Groundswell is a community arts organization that engages youth through public art. For more information please visit www.groundswell.nyc.
Skill: Reflect on the context of personal works of art in relation to community, culture, and the world.
Georgia Standard: VA8.RE.1