Lesson Plan Title : The American Spirit Through Art and Stained Glass

Overview and Purpose: How American public art and popular visual media have been used to express the American spirit throughout its history.

Defining American identity through various media, such as architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, textile design and use of graphic designs.


1. Expand students understanding and appreciation of public art and popular visual media.

2. Teach students the importance of the many iconic America symbols we see everyday and their relevance to our daily lives.

3. Introduce fun facts and activities that will interest the students.


1. Students will be more knowledgeable on American history and identity.

2. Art as a major theme in American culture will be better understood and appreciated

3. By the end of the course, students will leave confident in their knowledge in popular iconic American art history.


Timelines, cross word puzzles, word searches, handouts, maps, diagrams, graphs,quizzes and study guides will all be provided by the teacher in paper form.

All paperwork will be provided at the beginning of the term and will not be replaced if lost.

A 3-inch binder will be required to hold any information given. Be sure not to lose this!

Bring pen/pencil and a notebook to every class.



Who and what is America? What defines us as a nation? What is the first thing you think of when you hear "the United States of America"? Is is the American flag? The Statue of Liberty? Mount Rushmore? or maybe it's even the idea of freedom that comes to mind. A lot of these iconic figures that stand out in our minds in terms of American identity are all related back to art. Art in American society has played an important role in defining American symbols and images. Over the course of the semester we will be looking at the many public and popular art works that have influenced and promoted our nation as one of the greats!

Introduce different pictures of stained glass windows from.


Teacher demonstrates the process of the project one day at a time.

Class Practice:

Students draw in sketchbooks to determine what shapes that they would like to use to create an image for their stained glass window.

Day One:

Draw out picture on 8x10 paper with pencil.

* Trace on transparency with Black Sharpee

Day Two:

Trace with Sharpee on transparency

*Glue on Tissue paper Day Three: Glue on tissue paper Glue on transparency on back

*Make Frame

Accommodations (Differentiated Instruction)

Teacher will make adjustments depending on student needs.

Learning Checkup:

Teacher will monitor the room to assess student understanding.

Wrap Up:

1. Students have a completed Stained glass window project.

2. Students Stained glass window is made up of shapes.

3. Students can remember the art time period when Stained glass windows were popular.