TAG: western American art

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

Buck Wild
Lesson Plan

Buck Wild

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

Students will look at William R. Leigh’s painting Greased Lightning and imagine stories that explain what might have startled the horse, then they will have the chance to act out their imagined stories.

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Of Course a Horse!
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Of Course a Horse!

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

Using visual observation, illustrations, and words, students compare and contrast two horse art objects, the Han dynasty Horse and Frederic Remington’s The Cheyenne

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An Imaginary Romp in the Snow
Lesson Plan

An Imaginary Romp in the Snow

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 45 minute lesson

Through an examination of Theodore Waddell’s Motherwell’s Angus, students will look at colors to understand how artists use them to create sensations and help portray shapes. They will then imagine they are in the painting and write a creative piece about what they experience.

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Illusions of Depth
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Illusions of Depth

Elementary (grades K-5)
Two 50 minute lessons

Students will use Long Jakes as inspiration to analyze and interpret how artists create a sense of depth on a flat canvas.

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The Sounds, Sights & Feel of Nature
Lesson Plan

The Sounds, Sights & Feel of Nature

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

Students will examine Bierstadt’s painting Wind River Country, identify what they see, and imagine what’s missing. They will then touch objects similar to those in the painting to connect visual and tactile experiences.

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Possible Perspectives
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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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It’s in the Eyes
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It’s in the Eyes

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 45 minute lesson

Students will examine details of facial expression related to O’Keeffe’s Cow Licking. They will then use Cow Licking and other images of eyes to inspire them as they draw multiple pairs of eyes that reflect different emotions.

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Silent Expeditions
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Silent Expeditions

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

Students will look at and discuss how the Kootenai Indians in the painting In the Enemy’s Country remain undetected, then use what they have learned to go on their own silent expedition.

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That Long Jakes
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That Long Jakes

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 55 minute lesson

Students will compare and contrast the Long Jakes painting to the whimsical illustration for the poem “Backward Bill” by Shel Silverstein.

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Where to Look?
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Where to Look?

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 60 minute lesson

Students learn about the idea of a focal point through Waddell’s painting Motherwell’s Angus. They will have a chance to talk about the methods Waddell uses to establish multiple focal points and sketch out how changing these elements would change the overall feel of the painting.

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Enticing Travel Brochure
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Enticing Travel Brochure

Elementary (grades K-5)
Two 50 minute lessons

Students will examine Wind River Country and discuss Bierstadt’s manner of creating his paintings in terms of their accuracy and exaggeration of the areas depicted.

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Group Poem
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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
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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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