TAG: western American art

Capturing Images Through Words
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Capturing Images Through Words

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

Students will closely examine an image of Georgia O’Keeffe’s Petunia and Glass Bottle. They will then use words to capture what they see. The teacher will use those words to write a poem about the painting.

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So Much to See, So Little Time
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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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Crazy About Clouds
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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
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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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A Postcard from Home
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A Postcard from Home

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will examine and discuss Rabbit Hunt by E. Martin Hennings and use clues from the painting to identify place, landscape, culture, and any other information describing the region depicted in the work.

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Arbitrary Arrangements
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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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Sensory Exploration
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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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Do You See What I Write?
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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 Hunt for Numbers and Colors
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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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Functional Fashion
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Functional Fashion

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 55 minute lesson

Students will focus on the clothing of the vaqueros in Walker’s painting and explore the connections between fashion and function. Students will also design and draw their own pieces of clothing that combine fashion with an unusual function.

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Who’s Got Your Back?
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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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Where It’s At
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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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Horsing Around
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Horsing Around

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

In this lesson children will investigate elements of Rodeo-Pickup Man and participate in activities related to the painting. They will explore sound, color, and their imaginations; and will make their own paintings to share with the class.

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Who Are You Supposed to Be?
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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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An Imaginary Romp in the Snow
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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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Buck Wild
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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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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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The Sounds, Sights & Feel of Nature
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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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