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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Majestic Murals
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Majestic Murals

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 30 minute lesson

Students will view the painting Wind River Country by Albert Bierstadt and discuss his motivation and process for creating majestic landscape paintings. Working in a similar style, students will create collaborative mural paintings of a fantastic landscape.

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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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American Indian Art History Detectives
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American Indian Art History Detectives

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Parfleche boxes were an essential storage container for the nomadic American Indians of the Great Plains that followed the herds of bison that once occupied large sections of the United States.

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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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History Detectives
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History Detectives

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 45 minute lesson

Students will put on their “detective hats” and use magnifying glasses to find evidence that supports attributing the paintings in the Molleno Altar Screen to one artist and one piece. They will work in small groups and present a case to share with the entire class.

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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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I Hear What You’re Saying
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I Hear What You’re Saying

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 45 minute lesson

Students will practice sharing a personal thought or idea by listening and speaking to each other.

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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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