Indie Project, Fall (a) 2011
Identifying Religion in Art
Target Grade Level: High School Advanced Art
1. What overarching understandings are desired?
- Religion is a complex issue impacting artwork throughout time
- Religion has impacted the way artists create for many years
- Contemporary art reflects religion as well as historical artwork
2. What are the overarching “essential” questions?
- Where is religion seen in art?
- How has religion impacted artwork over the years?
- What role has religion played in the life of artists over time?
- What are the differences in religious art history versus contemporary religious art?
3. As a result of this unit, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of:
- The role of religion in art over time
- How art has been impacted by religion
- The differences in religious art history from religious contemporary art
- How religion plays a role in their own personal work
4. What “essential” and unit questions will focus this unit?
- Where is religion seen in the history of art?
- How has religion impacted art creatively?
- How does religion impact your artwork?
- Project #1: Religious Art History
- Project #2: Picturing Religious Art
- Project #3: Losing My Religion (Self Expression through Religion)
6. Student self-assessments, quizzes, tests, and other academic prompts
- Name two religions that use self-expression and describe their format or medium of choice.
- Discuss how religion and art are connected. Think metaphorically and logically.
- Discuss ways this unit has allowed you to be more self-expressive with your religion.
- Use project evaluation document to evaluate projects
Students will need to know:
- What defines a religion
- How religion influences art
Students will need to be able to:
- Think metaphorically and logically about religion
- Self-express using the topic religion
8. What teaching and learning experiences will equip students to demonstrate the targeted understandings and skills?
- Images of art reflecting religious themes
- Examples of religious materials and symbols
- Research both individually and collectively about religion in art
- Sample materials such as music, documents, fabrics and artwork
Georgia State Standards-Fine Arts
All work listed in this unit is based on the Georgia Performance Standards. These standards can be found at