TAG: western American art

Art & About Tour
Event: Access

Art & About Tours

Occurs on the second Thursday of every month. Next Occurs on Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 1:15pm2:30pm.

Art & About tours are designed for visitors with early-stage Alzheimer’s or dementia and their care partners. More

Untitled Final Fridays
Event: Untitled Final Fridays

Untitled: Action!

Friday, June 30, 2017 - 6:00pm10:00pm.

Zoom in for a screening of Western stories, main attractions, and epically moving pictures. More

Untitled Final Fridays
Event: Untitled Final Fridays

Untitled: True Grit

Friday, May 26, 2017 - 6:00pm10:00pm.

Saddle up to save the day with a night of tumbleweeds, tough guys and ten-gallon hats. More

Bucking Broadway (1917), directed by John Ford.
Event: Lectures & Programs

Set in the West: Telling Tales in Art and Film 

11th Annual Petrie Institute Symposium
Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 10:00am5:00pm.

The Petrie Institute of Western American Art presents their eleventh annual symposium, Set in the West: Telling Tales in Art and Film. More

Theodore Waddell, Motherwell’s Angus, 1994. Oil paint on canvas. Denver Art Museum; Gift of Barbara J. and James R. Hartley.
Art Exploration

Tinker with Mark Making Tools

Using uncommon painting tools allow children creativity and a choice when determining what and how to create their artwork.  

Artists often tinker with non-conventional tools to help create their art. In Motherwell’s Angus, artist Theodore Waddell uses masonry trowels and specially modified brushes originally intended to apply tar to roofs to create a heavy build-up of paint on the surface of the canvas.

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William Herbert Dunton, Evening on the Range, before 1925
Event: Lectures & Programs

Mindful Looking

The American West
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 1:00pm1:45pm.

Join Interpretive Specialist Lauren Thompson in an exploration of two paintings of the American West under moonlit skies: E. Irving Couse’s Moonlight in Taos and William Herbert Dunton’s Evening on the Range. More

Summarization Pyramid
Lesson Plan

Summarization Pyramid

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will examine Rabbit Hunt and apply a summarization technique commonly used in reading to analyze and learn about the painting.

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Wondrous Water
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Wondrous Water

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

Students will enjoy moving like the birds in Blumenschein’s painting Mountain Lake (Eagle Nest). They will then use their powers of observation to learn what water looks like when it’s still versus when it’s moving and apply what they learn when examining the lake in the painting.

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I Can See Clearly Now: Practicing Careful Observation
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I Can See Clearly Now: Practicing Careful Observation

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 45 minute lesson

Working in small groups, students will find as many details as possible in Blumenschein’s Mountain Lake (Eagle Nest) using specific words to guide their investigation. They will then select three of their favorite details and write a poem that incorporates all three items.

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Capturing Images Through Words
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Capturing Images Through Words

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

Students will closely examine an image of Georgia O’Keeffe’s Petunia and Glass Bottle. They will then use words to capture what they see. The teacher will use those words to write a poem about the painting.

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So Much to See, So Little Time
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So Much to See, So Little Time

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will use American Grasslands to inspire their own investigation and representation of one square foot of natural space. The paintings will also serve to facilitate a discussion of the impact of living beings (humans and other animals) on the land.

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Crazy About Clouds
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Crazy About Clouds

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

In this lesson children will have an opportunity to linger outside and watch the clouds go by. They will then use shaving and/or whipped cream to shape and sculpt the clouds that floated by, paints to explore the color of the sky, and movement to feel like a cloud.

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Writings from a Room with No View
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Writings from a Room with No View

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 50 minute lesson

After a careful examination of the painting Poppies, students will use it as a backdrop for a creative writing activity.

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A Postcard from Home
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A Postcard from Home

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will examine and discuss Rabbit Hunt by E. Martin Hennings and use clues from the painting to identify place, landscape, culture, and any other information describing the region depicted in the work.

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Arbitrary Arrangements
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Arbitrary Arrangements

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 55 minute lesson

Students will observe Daniel Sprick’s painting Release Your Plans and explore the importance of artistic decisions. They will then work as a team to create their own arrangement of objects in unconventional compositions.

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Sensory Exploration
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Sensory Exploration

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 50 minute lesson

In this lesson students will use their senses to explore the world around them and the world depicted in the painting Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. They will then have an opportunity to use this sensory information to write a creative piece and “perform” what they’ve written.

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Do You See What I Write?
Lesson Plan

Do You See What I Write?

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 45 minute lesson

Students will identify words that reflect the exact opposite of what they see in O’Keeffe’s Petunia and Glass Bottle. They will then think of words that capture what they do see as well as the emotions of the painting, and write a poem or museum placard for the piece.

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A Hunt for Numbers and Colors
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A Hunt for Numbers and Colors

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 25 minute lesson

Students will look at Hennings’s painting and play a counting game, then go on a hunt for the many colors found within.

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