TAG: western American art

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?
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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?
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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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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
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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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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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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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Playing with Perception
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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!
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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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The Visual “Language” of Emotions
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The Visual “Language” of Emotions

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 45 minute lesson

Students will examine how the composition of O’Keeffe’s Cow Licking influences their reaction to the painting. They will then draw upon what they learn to create a piece of their own.

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Completely Crazy Creatures
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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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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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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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Eye-Catching Compositions
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Eye-Catching Compositions

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will view and discuss Yellow Rain Jacket, paying particular attention to the artist’s choice of content and composition. They will learn about composition by creating a frame and choosing areas of an image that they wish to emphasize.

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Wondrous Water
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Wondrous Water

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

Students will enjoy moving like the birds in Blumenschein’s painting Mountain Lake (Eagle Nest). They will then use their powers of observation to learn what water looks like when it’s still versus when it’s moving and apply what they learn when examining the lake in the painting.

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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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So Many Colors to See!
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So Many Colors to See!

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 45 minute lesson

Students will closely examine the colors in Georgia O’Keeffe’s Petunia and Glass Bottle. They will then explore color by adding different amounts of white and black paint to a base color to create different hues of that color.

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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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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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