In this lesson, students will read a primary source document from Documenting the American South and examine a painting by Jacob Lawrence to understand the conditions of the underground railroad before the Civil War.

This activity provides an interactive look at photography from the Civil War. Participants examine a set of photographs and later place those shots into the historical context of the Civil War.

Political leaders and parties in the tense time after the Civil War proposed various plans for Reconstruction.

People wrote lots of letters during the 1800s, but those letters would sometimes take very long time to arrive at their destinations.

The students will: Be introduced to the life of Bishop Daniel Alexander Payne. Be introduced to stain glass painting, its history, and purpose. Create a "stain glass" painting on canvas using the media of acrylic paint.

A lesson plan using an article from the Sandlapper Magazine about Jason Knight, South Carolina's Master Bladesmith.


The students will:  Be introduced to the life of Brigadier General Stephen M. Twitty. Be introduced to the history of various 20th & 21st-century wars involving the United States and their effects on our country. Discuss symbolism.

This is a lesson plan from The Powder House, South Carolina's oldest public building. The teacher will facilitate a discussion on arches. An arch is a curved structure that spans an opening, usually made of stone or other masonry.

This lesson provides students with an opportunity to design, construct and piece a beautiful strip quilt in the Gullah tradition.

This educator guide focuses on the contributions of the enslaved potter and poet, David Drake, who labored in the pottery industry that flourished in the Edgefield District of South Carolina in the 1800s.

The student will study various forms of drawing including medical illustration.   The student will draw from life.

This lesson is a part of a larger unit on the Underground Railroad and is based on Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt (Hopkinson, Deborah. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1993.).

Students will have the opportunity to learn about the historical techniques of making tabby by constructing structures from a Frosted Flakes or Rice Crispies bar recipes. 

The student will demonstrate knowledge about art careers related to the entertainment and fashion industries through studio and written products.

Through collage, the student will create an image that conveys a message of social importance.

To provide the opportunity for students to identify clothing of the Revolutionary War Era in comparison with modern clothing.

Use things in that you find out-of-doors, maybe in your own backyard, to make natural dyes.

This activity is designed to help the students express themselves through visual symbolism. Each student will use air-drying clay to make a clay gorget to take home that says something about them.

When selecting wood for your project, consider native red cedar, oak or hickory for the long supports and cross pieces using the more pliable willow for the curving parts. Use vines to help fill in the design.

Make a diorama; For help in deciding the theme of the scene in your diorama: Look in your backyard.

You can make a kudzu basket like the one made by Jimmie Dinkins! Learn what supplies you will need.

Make a natural weaving with branches, and a variety of materials gathered from nature: twigs, grasses, pine straw, pods or seed heads with stems attached, feathers, Spanish moss, shells, small pine cones, beads, yarn or thread.

You can make a coiled clay pot! Follow the arrow for directions and to see what supplies you will need.

Nancy Basket created this Carolina Wren using handmade, tinted papers. You can make a your own paper for cards and crafts! Click on the arrow to see what supplies you will need.

Make a basket from pine needles!

Students will study pattern and composition in quilt work. Students will look at family photographs and create a "quilt square" that will communicate a story of their heritage.

Understand how individuals, families, and communities live and work together in America and around the world.

Students will select one quilt pattern to make into a quilt square. Students will create a quilt square by cutting and fitting wallpaper samples into a pattern.

Students will create a response to a literary text that analyzes the character, plot, conflict, symbol, and/or theme in a text.

This is the third lesson in a series of three in which students are creating art based on their observations: Lesson 3 Observing connections - North Carolina pottery and face jugs.

Included in the kit are images from and educational materials based on the exhibition Our Time, Our Place: Photographs of the Black South by Richard Samuel Roberts, which depicts the rise of African American middle class across the South

The student will study the economic impact that the arts have in South Carolina and the United States.

Students will learn about different types of rock art and how the geology of South Carolina determines where we find both prehistoric and historic petroglyphs

Students will learn about the natural materials used by Paleolithic people to create rock art, use similar materials to create paint, and use paint to replicate paleolithic rock art.

Students will learn how rock art is a valuable cultural artifact and must be protected from natural degradation and human destruction, while also remaining open and available to the public.

Students will learn how rock art was created, and the potential meanings behind this art form.

In the classroom, students will investigate the use of solar power and the effects of solar power on art. Students will create a design using the sun. This lesson will explain the importance of solar energy as it pertains to art.

This is a family activity guide about uniforms found at the Beaufort History Museum.

Learn how to use a backstrap loom to make a Natural Weaving using items in nature. 

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