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 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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