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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Hopi Eagle Dancer, Dan Namingha, 1995
Creative Practice

Sorting Box

Support children in building connections through looking closely and sharing their thoughts on the relationships between art objects and everyday materials. 

This routine will encourage children to relate their personal knowledge of a concrete object with a more abstract image. Students will explore how artists make choices when creating as they investigate different colors, textures, and shapes.

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Book cover of Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis
Book Recommendation

Ignite Imagination with a Stick

In this story, the pig uses a stick to fight dragons, conduct an orchestra and go fishing. It's amazing what a stick can be when it's not a stick. 
  • What else could be made with this stick?
  • What would you want to make with this stick?
  • Why can a stick become so many different things?
  • Have you ever used your imagination to make something wonderful from a stick?
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Book cover of Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
Book Recommendation

Imagine the possibilities of a box

A cardboard box is one of the best tools for play. This story sparks the imagination of students for what else a box could be. 

Circle Group Time brainstorm activity:

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What to do when you get stuck
Book Recommendation

What to do when you get stuck

After reading about Vashti, students will be left feeling the possibilities of making art even when they aren't sure where to begin.

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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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