Metro Arts Partnership and Standards-Aligned Lesson Plan Units

metroartslogo2The Ayers Institute has partnered with the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission in an effort to highlight the various pieces of public art throughout the city of Nashville. The goal of this partnership is to create high-quality, interdisciplinary, standards-aligned lesson plan units (see below), and to provide professional development for area teachers to aid in the implementation of these units.

The application process for the 2014-15 Metro Arts Teacher Cadre is now open!  The current project will focus on the "Witness Walls" public art installation that commemorate Nashville's role in the Civil Rights Movement.

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Edmondson Park

The Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission engaged two internationally-known artists, Thornton Dial and Lonnie Holley, to create site-specific public art works for the newly revitalized Edmondson Park (overseen by the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency). This project honors William Edmondson, a native of Davidson County and a self-taught sculptor. Edmondson was the first African American artist to have a solo exhibition at the New York Museum of Modern Art (1937). Like Edmondson, Thornton Dial and Lonnie Holley are self-taught artists.

Thornton Dial Lonnie Holley

The Metro Arts Teacher Cadre worked together to create two (middle school and high school) standards-aligned, interdisciplinary curriculum units that focus on the new art installation in the revitalized Edmondson Park in Nashville. The lesson plans are shared to benefit Nashville-area teachers and others throughout the Tennessee and the surrounding region.

Subject Area Lesson Description Full Lesson Plan Lesson Materials
Standards-aligned Lesson Plans for High School
English / Language Arts Title: "Live Your Epitaph"
Length: Two 50-minute class periods.
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Mathematics Title: "Interpreting Functions"
Length: 2-3 days (1.5-hour blocks).
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Science Title: "Adaptation and the Found Object Feeders"
Length: 6 blocks.
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Social Studies Title "In what ways might the artists William Edmondson, Thornton Dial, and Lonnie Holley lives, experiences and/or art have intersected?"
Length: 4-5 class periods; 50-60 minutes each.
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Visual Arts Title: "Self-taught Artist"
Length: 6-9 blocks of 90 minutes.
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Subject Area Lesson Description Full Lesson Plan Lesson Materials
Standards-aligned Lesson Plans for Middle School
English / Language Arts Title: "William Edmondson and the impact of legacy: how can one life affect others?"
Length: 90-minute class period (with homework/assignment to be completed outside of class).
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Mathematics Title: "Examine directly proportional relationships via a lens of artistic creativity."
Length: One 90-minute class period.
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Science Title: "Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures: Art or Chemistry?"
Length: 1 hour-long class period.
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Social Studies Title "The Art and Times of William Edmondson."
Length: 6 class periods (50-minutes each).
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Visual Arts Title: "Edmondson/Holley Inspired Sculpture."
Length: 10-11 class periods (55-minutes each).
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AileronAileron Sculpture

In the spring of 2012, the Aileron sculpture was installed in McCabe Park. This is the former location of the McConnell airfield. The sculpture represents the biplane of the early 20th century. It was fabricated by artist Michael Dillon using traditional blacksmithing techniques and tools that were used in the manufacturing of railroad equipment—another historic reference to Sylvan Park.

Subject Area Lesson Description Full Lesson Plan Lesson Materials
Standards-aligned Lesson Plans for Middle School
English / Language Arts Title: "Which idea convinces me?"
Length: 50 minutes.
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Mathematics Title: "Creating a proportional replica of Aileron for a display."
Length: Two 90-minute class periods.
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Science Title: "What is the biplane's place in aviation history? How did the technology of the biplane respond to social, political, and economical needs?"
Length: 1 class period; 50 minutes.
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Social Studies Title: "Is the sculpture Aileron an appropriate monument to the history of the land that is currently McCabe Park?"
Length: 2 class periods; 50 minutes each.
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Visual Arts Additional educational materials about the Aileron Sculpture are available from the website of the Nashville Metro Arts Commission. Website link