TAG: Secondary (grades 6-12)

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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Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America
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Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America

Engage your students with creativity, innovation, and playfulness as you explore midcentury American design through furniture, toys, and household objects. Students will explore the history and philosophy of midcentury design with tactile examples in whimsical environments.

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Jordan Casteel, Benyam, 2018
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Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze

Grades 2-12

Inspire your students with these large-scale portraits created by artist and Denver native Jordan Casteel. Through a workshop format, students will explore the artist’s process and her ability to reveal individuals that often go unnoticed. Tours are 75 minutes in length.

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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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Students on a field trip to see highlights from the Denver Art Museum's collection.
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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
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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
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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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Order and Chaos – from Painting to Poems
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Order and Chaos – from Painting to Poems

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 60 minute lesson

Students will learn about ideas of order, chaos, pattern, and variation in poetry. They will then use Waddell’s Motherwell’s Angus to discuss these ideas. The painting will serve as inspiration for the students as they write both traditional and free form poems.

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An Image Portrait
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An Image Portrait

Secondary (grades 6-12)
Two 55 minute lessons

Students will use Phillip Guston’s painting Blue Water as inspiration for creating an “image portrait” of a historical figure, arranging images that reflect qualities, actions, and characteristics of the figure into a composition.

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Unlimited Possibilities
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Unlimited Possibilities

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will examine the use of marquetry and other fine artistic processes on the Renaissance Revival/Aesthetic Cabinet, then practice their marquetry skills by creating a piece of art using only black, grey, and white pieces of triangular paper to design a picture.

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Taking a Stand on Coexistence
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Taking a Stand on Coexistence

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will examine James Walker’s Cowboys Roping a Bear as the impetus for historical inquiry in order to formulate arguments leading to a brief, class-wide debate.

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Conservation Conversation
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Conservation Conversation

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will examine the artistic characteristics of Dream of Arcadia, discuss the meaning and significance of conservation with respect to nature, and write a letter to the mayor, city council, or other appropriate leader(s) encouraging conservation of a natural space with which the st

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Portraits of Power
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Portraits of Power

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will critically examine and discuss the image of the Warrior Figure with Trophy Head. They will then discuss and view how modern leaders and persons of power are depicted and note the similarities and difference of how power is represented across time and culture.

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A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words
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A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

Secondary (grades 6-12)
Two 50 minute lessons

Students will listen to various sections of Petrarch’s poem “The Triumphs,” sketch images related to the text, and compare their drawings to the images portrayed in The Triumphs paintings.

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Personal Narratives Influenced by the Past
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Personal Narratives Influenced by the Past

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One to Two 50 minute lessons

Students will discuss the historical and cultural influences found in Plate by Maria and Julian Martinez. Then they will reflect on historical and/or familial influences in their own lives and create a personal narrative describing those influences.

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So, What are you Trying to Say?
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So, What are you Trying to Say?

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will critically examine and discuss the image of the Bird-Headed Deity. They will use information gathered to create a group chart noting symbolic intent found in the object.

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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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Modern-Day Symbols
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Modern-Day Symbols

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will examine the artistic characteristics of the Mummy Case, explore the meaning of various symbols on the case, and write a short essay identifying modern-day equivalents of the ancient Egyptian symbols and their reasons for choosing them.

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Sensing a Different Way
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Sensing a Different Way

Secondary (grades 6-12)
Two 55 minute lessons

Students will start by exploring the ways in which architect Daniel Libeskind broke boundaries when designing the Frederic C. Hamilton Building. They will engage in a series of creativity exercises designed to enhance their understanding of critical thinking and problem solving.

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Legacy on a Bumper Sticker
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Legacy on a Bumper Sticker

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will examine and discuss the Stela, then compare and contrast ways historical legacy is recorded. Students will read clues from the Stela, then create a bumper sticker recording something about themselves.

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