TAG: western American art

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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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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A Journey Through Wind River Country
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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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Summarization Pyramid
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Summarization Pyramid

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will examine Rabbit Hunt and apply a summarization technique commonly used in reading to analyze and learn about the painting.

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Silent Expeditions
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Silent Expeditions

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

Students will look at and discuss how the Kootenai Indians in the painting In the Enemy’s Country remain undetected, then use what they have learned to go on their own silent expedition.

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Mad Lib Leigh!
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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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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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Concepts of Cropping
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Concepts of Cropping

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 55 minute lesson

Students will look at Donald Coen’s painting Yellow Rain Jacket and discuss the compositional technique he used. Students will then choose a photograph that interests them, crop intriguing sections, and paint the cropped image, emulating Coen’s process.

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The Cow Book
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The Cow Book

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will use Dan Ostermiller's Scottish Angus Cow and Calf as primary source material to inspire secondary language arts skills. After analyzing the sculpture, they will write a children’s book that tells the story of these two animals.

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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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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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