Creativity Resource

Tools for Learning at the Museum & In Your Classroom

Welcome to Creativity Resource, where classroom teachers, home-school educators, families with children, and anyone interested in learning can find inspiration for creativity and art!

Artist Melanie Yazzie
Lesson Spark

Collecting Things

As seen in her interview, artist Melanie Yazzie is never at a loss for ideas because she collects objects and images for a wall of inspiration in her studio.

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Frank Mechau, Wild Horses (one of six panels), 1936. Tempera paint on plywood; 45-3/4 x 102 in. Denver Art Museum: gift of Mrs. Frank Mechau, 1972.27F.
Exhibition

Stampede

Animals in Art
On View through May 19, 2019

See how animals have captivated artists throughout history in the exhibition Stampede: Animals in Art. This cross-departmental exhibition brings together more than 300 objects from the Denver Art Museum’s collection to explore the presence of animals in art throughout centuries and across cultures. More

What to do when you get stuck
Book Recommendation

What to do when you get stuck

After reading about Vashti, students will be left feeling the possibilities of making art even when they aren't sure where to begin.

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Reviewing Classroom Rules and Values
Lesson Plan

Reviewing Classroom Rules and Values

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 30 minute lesson

In this lesson, students will learn that classroom rules and values are set in place to create a calm and peaceful environment.

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Resolving Conflict Creatively
Lesson Plan

Resolving Conflict Creatively

Secondary (grades 6-12)
Two 50 minute lessons

In this lesson students will have an opportunity to apply journalistic writing skills and their imaginations as they “report” on actual conflicts and write about how they imagine the conflicts would be resolved using the Nkisi Nkondi.

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Possible Perspectives
Lesson Plan

Possible Perspectives

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 55 minute lesson

Students will look at and discuss Coen’s painting Yellow Rain Jacket and write stories from the perspective of either the horse or the champion rider, exploring how the same details can be communicated differently.

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