TAG: Elementary (grades K-5)

Man standing to speak at a town meeting
Field Trip

Norman Rockwell: Imagining Freedom

Students will examine how illustrators in the 1940s and beyond became important storytellers who advanced important civic ideas through their creative advertising and images in this exhibition featuring Norman Rockwell and his contemporaries.

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Natural Forces: Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington
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Natural Forces: Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington

Take your students on a journey to explore how two American artists helped shape a national identity that valued self-reliance, independence, and perseverance.

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One of Monet's paintings of water lilies
Field Trip

Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature

Inspire your students with the intimate landscapes of Claude Monet. This exhibition will focus on the celebrated French Impressionist artist’s enduring relationship with nature and his response to the varied and distinct places in which he worked.

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Oversized rawhide box with painted geometric shapes in bright colors, on repurposed tipi poles
Lesson Plan

Identity at Large

Elementary (grades K-5)
Two 45 minute lessons

Students will examine Jeffrey Gibson’s parfleche (pronounced “par-flesh”)-inspired artwork Freedom, and explore how it might express his identity.

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Symbolic Understanding
Lesson Plan

Symbolic Understanding

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 60 minute lesson

Students will work collaboratively to research and respond to the use of symbols in the Eyedazzler Blanket/Rug and what those symbols can tell us about the history of the people and the artist who created it.

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Treasures of British Art: The Berger Collection
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Treasures of British Art: The Berger Collection

Through these British paintings created between the 16th and 20th centuries, students will investigate the conflicts, controversies, and achievements depicted, and their modern day impacts.

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Storyteller Figure Inspired Activity
Lesson Spark

Storyteller Figure Inspired Activity

Artist Melanie Yazzie was inspired by the celebration and unity that story telling provides.

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Parfleche made by a Northern Plains artist
Lesson Spark

Parfleche Inspired Activity

The artist Melanie Yazzie was inspired by the intricate and unique designs that are significant to the owner as well as the parfleche’s function for holding important items.

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Moccasin made using porcupine quills from an unknown maker in the Crow Tribe
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Moccasin Inspired Activity

A pair of moccasins sparked a connection for Artist Melanie Yazzie to consider the role and importance of having empathy for others, or “walking a mile in someone’s moccasins.”

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Take the Time: Mindfulness for Kids
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Take the Time: Mindfulness for Kids

This story encourages children to slow down and take time. Inspired by our Mandala coloring page, children will enjoy the soothing and mindful practice of taking time.

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Detail of Navajo weaver figure at loom
Lesson Spark

Weaver inspired Activity

Find inspiration for class artmaking related to the Weaver with Loom figure. Watch Melanie Yazzie discuss her inspiration, too.

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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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