Sculpture and Curriculum Connections

For schools without art teachers and teachers who want to make curriculum connections.

Connecting Sculpture to the Curriculum
The Looking to Learn series assists teachers in making interdisciplinary links between the sculpture in the Art Park and Michigan’s Merit Curriculum and Common Core Standards, as they become available. Teachers can download the Looking to Learn Volume I booklet or search by the grade levels listed below.

Photographs of the artwork can be downloaded for use in the classroom.

Looking to Learn – At A Glance 

Here are some easy and accessible downloadable activities and lesson plans to quickly implement the ideas in Looking to Learn.

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Fourth Grade:


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Eighth Grade:


High School:

Special Education:


During a field trip to Michigan Legacy Art Park, environmental art projects engage students in learning. Here is a quick overview of the specific connections with the Michigan Merit Curriculum:

Art Standards, Benchmarks, and Grade Level Content ExpectationsThird GradeART.VA.II.3.1 Apply materials and techniques to problem solve in thecreation of art.Fourth GradeART.VA.I.4.4 Prepare, present, and collaboratively evaluate personalartwork.Fifth GradeART.VA.I.5.4 Participate in the process and delivery of a final product forexhibition or presentation.Eight GradeART.VA.I.8.3 Select and apply visual characteristics and organizationalprinciples to communicate effectively when designing andsolving creative problems.High SchoolART.VA.II.HS.2 Create artwork using materials and techniques with skill sothat personal intentions are carried out.ART.VA.II.HS.7 Create collaboratively to resolve visual problems.