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

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

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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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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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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Creative Problem Solving
Lesson Plan

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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Who Are You Supposed to Be?
Lesson Plan

Who Are You Supposed to Be?

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 55 minute lesson

Students will observe and discuss Hennings’s painting Rabbit Hunt, choose a character from the piece, and write a narrative from that character’s perspective.

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Where to Look?
Lesson Plan

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
Lesson Plan

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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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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Of Course a Horse!
Lesson Plan

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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