South Carolina Historical Society
Ashley Darland, Events and Educational Coordinator for the South Carolina Historical Society
As the state’s oldest historical society and its largest private manuscript repository, the South Carolina Historical Society serves as an invaluable and unique asset to historians and genealogists who seek information concerning the history of our state, and the role of their families in that history.
We are a research library with rich archives covering all regions and time periods of our state’s history, and we would be happy to work with teachers to provide materials and an arts-integrated lesson plan for any subject area. We are flexible and can work with you in a number of ways. (Visit www.southcarolinahistoricalsociety.org for additional information)
Sample Lessons (See link for a detail lesson plan)
3rd Grade Social Studies and Visual Arts: What was life like in Antebellum South Carolina? Students will gain understanding of the Antebellum time period by exploring a historic building (100 Meeting St.), learning about the different people who constructed the building, and then designing their own buildings.
4th Grade Social Studies and Visual Arts: What do our nation’s earliest buildings have in common? By visiting a historic building designed by America’s first native-born professional architect, students will explore common themes in historic architecture that they will use to design their own buildings.
6th Grade Social Studies and Visual Arts: Students learning about ancient Greek and Roman architecture will see those ideals in a new way through a field trip to the classically designed Fireproof Building. Students will then use concepts of classical architecture to design their own buildings.
8th Grade Social Studies and Visual Arts: What skills, labor, and materials were used to build our nation? By visiting a historic building designed by America’s first native-born professional architect, students will explore common themes in early American architecture that they will use to design their own buildings.
SC Standards for the Visual Arts Addressed During this Experience:
VA3-1.3 Use and combine a variety of materials, techniques, and processes to create works of visual art.
VA4-2.3 Use visual structures and functions of art to create artworks that communicate ideas.
VA5-2.4 Discuss the ways that specific elements and principles of design are used to communicate meaning in his or her own works of visual art.
VA6-4.3 Demonstrate visual literacy by deconstructing artworks to identify and discuss the elements and principles of design that are used in those works.
VA7-2.2 Compare and contrast several artists’ use of the elements and principles of design and describe the ways in which these characteristics express the artists’ ideas.
VA8-5.1 Compare various purposes for the creation of works of visual art.