Edgar Degas, Dance Examination (Examen de Danse), 1880
Field Trip

Degas: A Passion for Perfection

Grades K–12

Students will investigate Degas’ transformation from a portraitist and painter of historical subjects to one interested in the contemporary life of late-nineteenth-century Paris.

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Qiu Ying, attr. (1502-1552), Tribute Bearers (detail), Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), China, 1500s. Ink and color on silk
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Linking Asia: Art, Trade, and Devotion

Grades K–12

Engage your students with a deep dive into the influence of the Silk Road and explore how trade routes inspired art over time and across the Asian continent.

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Her Paris: Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism
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Her Paris: Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism

Grades K–12

Inspire your students with these remarkable works created by women in Paris from 1850-1900.

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Building outside the box
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Building outside the box

Elementary (grades K-5) Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 60 minute lesson

Explore architecture with the idea that buildings don't have to be box-shaped. Students will create their own architectural designs by literally thinking outside the box.

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Students on a field trip to see highlights from the Denver Art Museum's collection.
Field Trip

DAM Highlights

Students discover artists’ creativity over time and across cultures, making comparisons and connecting with human stories through art.

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Students practicing language art skills during a field trip at the Denver Art Museum
Field Trip

Artful Literacy

Grades 2-8

Students actively practice language arts skills while exploring the DAM’s culturally diverse art collection.

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Students using perception skills on a field trip at the Denver Art Museum
Field Trip

Perception Games & Skills

Grades 3-6

Students investigate art across cultures and time, forming their own opinions through examination and collaboration.

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Functional Fashion
Lesson Plan

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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An Image Portrait
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An Image Portrait

Secondary (grades 6-12)
Two 55 minute lessons

Students will use Phillip Guston’s painting Blue Water as inspiration for creating an “image portrait” of a historical figure, arranging images that reflect qualities, actions, and characteristics of the figure into a composition.

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Before and After a Moment in Time
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Before and After a Moment in Time

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 55 minute lesson

Students will learn about Marshall’s creative process when painting Better Homes, Better Gardens and discuss how it influences their perception of his work. They will also discuss the thematic content of the artwork and write a creative piece inspired by the painting.

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The Goal in the Mandala
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The Goal in the Mandala

Secondary (grades 6-12)
Two 50 minute lessons

After viewing images and reading information about the Hayagriva Sand Mandala, students will brainstorm what their personal goals are, as well as obstacles that might challenge the attainment of those goals.

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Got Your Hieroglyph On It
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Got Your Hieroglyph On It

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will use visual critique skills to analyze and discuss the image of the Vase with Palace Scene. They will pay particular attention to the use of Maya cultural symbols and design in the decoration.

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