TAG: western American art

A painting of red, yellow, and green bell peppers in a bowl on a chair
Blog: Behind the Scenes

Western American Art on View in the Hamilton Building

See a selection of paintings by early-twentieth century Taos artists including Victor Higgins, E. Martin Hennings, and Walter Ufer, as well as works by other American modernists including B. J. O. Nordfelt, Beatrice Mandelman, and Denver’s own Vance Kirkland. More

The Western logo and illustration of the silhouette of a cowboy
Blog: Behind the Scenes

The Western: A Roundup of Things to Know Before You Go

Howdy, y’all! Welcome to the Denver Art Museum’s exhibition The Western: An Epic in Art and Film. We hope the following tips help you prepare for and enjoy your visit.

Adult Ticket Pricing

Tickets for The Western are just $5 for member adults. Tickets for nonmember adults are $15 for Colorado residents and $18 for non-residents. More

Frederic Remington, A Dash for the Timber, 1889
Event: Lectures & Programs

The Western: An Epic in Art & Film Talk with Thomas Brent Smith

Friday, June 30, 2017 - 5:30pm7:00pm.

Thomas Brent Smith, director of the Petrie Institute of Western American Art at the DAM, will provide behind the scenes details around this first major exhibition to examine the Western genre and its evolution from the mid-1800s to the present through fine art, film, and popular culture. 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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So Many Colors to See!
Lesson Plan

So Many Colors to See!

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 45 minute lesson

Students will closely examine the colors in Georgia O’Keeffe’s Petunia and Glass Bottle. They will then explore color by adding different amounts of white and black paint to a base color to create different hues of that color.

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So Much to See, So Little Time
Lesson Plan

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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Group Poem
Lesson Plan

Group Poem

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will use this painting as primary source material to inspire secondary language arts skills. After analyzing the painting, they will write their observations in the form of a free write and turn some of their words into a group-generated poem.

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Taking a Stand on Coexistence
Lesson Plan

Taking a Stand on Coexistence

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will examine James Walker’s Cowboys Roping a Bear as the impetus for historical inquiry in order to formulate arguments leading to a brief, class-wide debate.

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The Power of Plein Air
Lesson Plan

The Power of Plein Air

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will examine and discuss Rabbit Hunt by E. Martin Hennings, paying particular attention to the fact that it is a plein air painting (meaning it was painted outdoors).

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Arbitrary Arrangements
Lesson Plan

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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Before You Go…Travel Recommendations from the Experts!
Lesson Plan

Before You Go…Travel Recommendations from the Experts!

Elementary (grades K-5)
Two 50 minute lessons

By making their own Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone drawings in small groups, students will develop a better understanding of the scope and size of the original painting. They will then use the painting as inspiration for writing creative travel guide entries.

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The Cool Colors of Snow
Lesson Plan

The Cool Colors of Snow

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 60 minute lesson

Students explore what is meant by warm and cool colors and apply what they learn to Theodore Waddell’s Motherwell’s Angus. They will also explore the idea that snow is really white, but in the painting, Waddell uses different colors to create the snow.

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A Hunt for Numbers and Colors
Lesson Plan

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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