TAG: western American art

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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Taking a Stand on Coexistence
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Taking a Stand on Coexistence

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will examine James Walker’s Cowboys Roping a Bear as the impetus for historical inquiry in order to formulate arguments leading to a brief, class-wide debate.

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The Power of Plein Air
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The Power of Plein Air

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will examine and discuss Rabbit Hunt by E. Martin Hennings, paying particular attention to the fact that it is a plein air painting (meaning it was painted outdoors).

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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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Before You Go…Travel Recommendations from the Experts!
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Before You Go…Travel Recommendations from the Experts!

Elementary (grades K-5)
Two 50 minute lessons

By making their own Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone drawings in small groups, students will develop a better understanding of the scope and size of the original painting. They will then use the painting as inspiration for writing creative travel guide entries.

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The Cool Colors of Snow
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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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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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Saddle Symmetry
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Saddle Symmetry

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 55 minute lesson

After viewing and discussing James Walker’s Cowboys Roping a Bear, students will explore symmetry with their bodies and then create their own symmetrical drawings in pairs.

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Beyond First Impressions
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Beyond First Impressions

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will examine the visual tools used in the painting Road to Santa Fe and how those tools help the painter tell a particular story. They will then use the painting to explore storytelling and use brainstorming strategies to enrich the content and voice of stories they will write.

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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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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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If You Give a Man a Horse
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If You Give a Man a Horse

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

Students will read the book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff, explore Charles Deas’ painting Long Jakes, and exercise their imaginations to create their own cause-and-effect story.

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Order and Chaos – from Painting to Poems
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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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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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My Supersized Pet
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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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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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