The Dot
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The Dot

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

Inspired by Vance Kirkland’s Blue Mysteries Near the Sun, No. 4 and Peter H.

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Let’s Make a Story
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Let’s Make a Story

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

This lesson allows students to use their imaginations to identify, explore, and express their understanding of Sandy Skoglund’s Fox Games. They will discuss the imagery as a class and create a group story with each student contributing one sentence about the foxes in the installation.

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Newsflash!
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Newsflash!

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 45 minute lesson

This lesson allows students to use their imaginations to identify, explore, and express their understanding of Sandy Skoglund’s Fox Games. Students will create a story in response to the prompt, “This photo was captured at 3 a.m.

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Color Power!
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Color Power!

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 35 minute lesson

Students will discuss the impact of color in Sandy Skoglund’s Fox Games. Limiting their palette to a specific color, they will gather images with which to make a collage.

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Turning Ordinary into Extraordinary
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Turning Ordinary into Extraordinary

Elementary (grades K-5)
Two 50 minute lessons

Students will use available technology to alter an image of something ordinary and mundane and turn it into a dreamlike fantasy image.

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Putting It All Together
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Putting It All Together

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

Students will observe Blue Water and identify the various shapes and forms in the painting by putting together a puzzle of the object.

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Shrinking into Blue Water
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Shrinking into Blue Water

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 40 minute lesson

Students will use their imaginations to shrink themselves small enough to fit into Philip Guston’s painting Blue Water.

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Respecting Different Opinions
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Respecting Different Opinions

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will practice the important historical inquiry skill of understanding and respecting differences of opinion.

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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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Ace Reporters
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Ace Reporters

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will carefully observe and learn about either Phillip Guston's Blue Water or Terry Winters's Rhyme.

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A Misty, Moonlit Night
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A Misty, Moonlit Night

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 45 minute lesson

Students will imagine they are visiting the scene presented in Marshall’s painting Better Homes, Better Gardens and write a letter home about their experience.

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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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