Say It with Flowers
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Say It with Flowers

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will examine the artistic characteristics of Three Young Girls; explain the meaning and significance of the flowers in the painting and other well-known flowers; and create a bouquet designed for a particular person or occasion along with an explanation of what the bouquet commu

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The Significance of Tiny Details
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The Significance of Tiny Details

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will learn about the history of the painting Three Young Girls. They will then examine the tiny details that make the painting special, from the intricate lace pattern to the tiny petals of each flower.

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I See Three…
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I See Three…

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

Students will explore Three Young Girls to enhance their powers of observation and inspire an exploration of the number three.

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Making a Myth
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Making a Myth

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will examine the artistic characteristics of Deucalion and Pyrrha, explain the Greek mythological story associated with Deucalion and Pyrrha, and create a new ending for “Flood of Deucalion.”

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Flood Stories from Around the World
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Flood Stories from Around the World

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will examine the artistic characteristics of Deucalion and Pyrrha, compare and contrast a variety of flood stories from around the world, and write a composite story using similar elements of flood stories from around the world as a class.

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Painting Stories
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Painting Stories

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 60 minute lesson

After reading the Greek myth of Deucalion and Pyrrha, students will analyze Castiglione’s painting and select one of their favorite stories to tell through art.

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Flood Stories
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Flood Stories

Secondary (grades 6-12)
Two 45 minute lessons

Students will read the Greek myth of Deucalion and Pyrrha and analyze its relationship to Castiglione’s painting. After researching other artworks depicting flood stories from around the world, they will write a story of their own using only the visual clues in the artwork.

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Blending Observation and Imagination
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Blending Observation and Imagination

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 55 minute lesson

Students will learn about the importance of flowers in the Netherlands during the mid-to-late 1600s. They will then explore how Oosterwyck manipulates time in her painting Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase.

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While You Were Sleeping…
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While You Were Sleeping…

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 45 minute lesson

Students will imagine they are one of the bugs in Oosterwyck’s painting Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase and write or tell about the adventures they had while the people in the house slept.

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A Bouquet of Our Own
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A Bouquet of Our Own

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

Students will closely examine Oosterwyck’s painting Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase and talk about what they think the flowers would feel like.

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Storytime with a Greek Myth
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Storytime with a Greek Myth

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

After listening to the story of Deucalion and Pyrrha, students will point out things in the painting that represent the story as well as places where Castiglione used primary colors.

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Rise and Fall
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Rise and Fall

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will examine the artistic characteristics of Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase, learn about the historic and economic phenomenon known as Tulipomania, and conduct research and write a brief collective newspaper article about another financial bubble in history.

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