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

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

My Supersized Pet

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

Students will look at Ostermiller’s sculpture and discuss how large it is compared to real life. They will use their imaginations to identify an animal they would like to meet in gigantic form and explain why.

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Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar? (Or Was It Grapes?)
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Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar? (Or Was It Grapes?)

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

Students will have fun acting out a scene in which they are sneaking a cookie from a cookie jar, and then use this experience to write a story inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s painting Cow Licking.

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Creative Problem Solving
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Creative Problem Solving

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 45 minute lesson

Students will examine Remington’s The Cheyenne and identify the challenges he faced in creating a horse that appears to be airborne. They will then work with a partner and go through a similar problem-solving process to create their own airborne sculpture.

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A Journey Through Wind River Country
Lesson Plan

A Journey Through Wind River Country

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 45 minute lesson

Students will examine Bierstadt’s painting Wind River Country and talk about how the painting makes them feel and why. They will also learn a little bit about the historical context of the painting and use it as the setting for an adventure for which they will write a travel journal.

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Order and Chaos – from Painting to Poems
Lesson Plan

Order and Chaos – from Painting to Poems

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 60 minute lesson

Students will learn about ideas of order, chaos, pattern, and variation in poetry. They will then use Waddell’s Motherwell’s Angus to discuss these ideas. The painting will serve as inspiration for the students as they write both traditional and free form poems.

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Majestic Murals
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Majestic Murals

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 30 minute lesson

Students will view the painting Wind River Country by Albert Bierstadt and discuss his motivation and process for creating majestic landscape paintings. Working in a similar style, students will create collaborative mural paintings of a fantastic landscape.

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Playing with Perception
Lesson Plan

Playing with Perception

Secondary (grades 6-12)
Two 45 minute lessons

After looking closely at Greased Lightning, students will examine the unusual angle the artist chose. They will explore other images of horses and then try their hand at drawing what Leigh’s scene would look like from the opposite side.

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Mad Lib Leigh!
Lesson Plan

Mad Lib Leigh!

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 55 minute lesson

Students will identify and describe details in William R. Leigh’s painting Greased Lightning, then choose appropriate vocabulary words to write Mad Lib stories about what may (or may not!) be happening in the painting.

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A Cow’s Tale
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A Cow’s Tale

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 45 minute lesson

Students practice taking on the perspective of someone else and apply that ability to take on the perspective of the cow in O’Keeffe’s Cow Licking. They will use this perspective to write a story about the cow in the painting.

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Completely Crazy Creatures
Lesson Plan

Completely Crazy Creatures

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

After observing Donald Coen’s painting Yellow Rain Jacket, students will draw in missing parts of the horse on a printed copy of the painting. Students will also add parts of other animals to the original image to create imaginative animal hybrids.

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