Building outside the box
Lesson Plan

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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Kerry James Marshall, Better Homes, Better Gardens, 1994. Acrylic paint and paper collage on canvas. Funds from Polly and Mark Addison, the Alliance for Contemporary Art, Caroline Morgan, and Colorado Contemporary Collectors: Suzanne Farver, Linda and Ken
Creative Practice

Ten Times Two

The art of observation will provide an opportunity for children to look into the detail of the artwork. This activity will reinforce math skills, build vocabulary and introduce descriptive language.

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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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Students on a field trip at the Denver Art Museum who are exploring imagination games and skills.
Field Trip

Imagination Games & Skills

Grades K–2

Participatory games, collaborative activities, and prompts for inquiry lead students through a fun exploration of color, material, imagination, and story to see art in a new way.

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Tour guide and children on an Early Childhood Education Tour in the Pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial art collection.
Field Trip

Creative Explorers

Explore the museum’s culturally diverse collection and discover the imaginative ways artists use materials. Storytelling, artmaking, movement, and tactile activities inspire students to experience art in a new way.

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Majestic Murals
Lesson Plan

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
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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American Indian Art History Detectives
Lesson Plan

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
Lesson Plan

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
Lesson Plan

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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