TAG: western American art

A painting of men on horseback
Blog: Behind the Scenes

See Remington & Other Major Artists in The Western

Through September 10, 2017

The Western: An Epic in Art and Film features a stunning collection of works by some of the most well-known western artists including Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran, and Charles Marion Russell. More

A painting of men on horseback
Blog: Behind the Scenes

The Western Explores the Construct of the West in Film & Fine Art

Through September 10, 2017

Bringing together still and moving images, objects of popular culture, and iconic works of art, this exhibition considers the Western and its attendant myths in the context of painting, photography, literature, and film from the mid-1800s to the present. More

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

Gallery view of paintings in The Western
Blog: Behind the Scenes

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

Through September 10, 2017

Howdy, y’all! Welcome to the Denver Art Museum’s exhibition The Western: An Epic in Art and Film. We hope this video and the following tips help you prepare for and enjoy your visit. 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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Frederic Remington, A Dash for the Timber, oil on canvas, 1889.
Exhibition

The Western

An Epic in Art and Film
May 27, 2017–Sep 10, 2017

The Western: An Epic in Art and Film is the 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. Featuring 160 works, the exhibition explores gender roles, race relations, and gun violence—offering a visual journey that is about more than cowboys, bandits, and barroom brawls.

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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 bug's eye view
Lesson Plan

a bug's eye view

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

Children will explore the sights, sounds, smells, and feel of grass and draw on this information to more carefully examine American Grasslands.

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Crazy About Clouds
Lesson Plan

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
Lesson Plan

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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Where It’s At
Lesson Plan

Where It’s At

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will examine Rodeo-Pickup Man and use clues to determine the elements of story structure apparent in the painting, paying particular attention to setting. Students will then create a setting for a story of their own.

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My Own Backyard
Lesson Plan

My Own Backyard

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

Children will examine the painting The Road to Santa Fe to see how many different animals, plants, people, colors, etc. they can find. They will then use their bodies to interact with the painting on a kinesthetic level.

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Sensory Exploration
Lesson Plan

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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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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What’s that Bear doing There? Making Inferences
Lesson Plan

What’s that Bear doing There? Making Inferences

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will examine Cowboys Roping a Bear and learn how to make inferences for comprehension and also how to gather information from a painting. They will also realize how these skills transfer from looking at art to reading.

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How Would a ___________ Move?
Lesson Plan

How Would a ___________ Move?

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

Children will explore and carefully examine Wilson Hurley’s Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone by imagining different animals moving around the painting. They will also think about and experiment with the sound of water, inspired by the waterfall portrayed in the painting.

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Who’s Got Your Back?
Lesson Plan

Who’s Got Your Back?

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will examine Rodeo-Pickup Man and find information that allows them to compare and contrast the roles of people who provide safety across cultures and throughout different time periods.

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