What is the role of place in who we are? How do contemporary artists explore the ideas of place and landscape? In Outside In: Contemporary Landscape Art, see art objects of all shapes, sizes, and mediums to inspire your imagination and spark memory. Learn about yourself and the artists whose creativity is on display.
Use this page to learn more about the art objects and find resources for teaching and learning.
In this lesson children will have an opportunity to linger outside and watch the clouds go by. They will then use shaving and/or whipped cream to shape and sculpt the clouds that floated by, paints to explore the color of the sky, and movement to feel like a cloud.More
Students will first pay attention to details about the Denver Art Museum’s North Building and then imagine they are a spider, or other small creature, and write a short piece about exploring the outside of the building from this new perspective.More
By making their own Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone drawings in small groups, students will develop a better understanding of the scope and size of the original painting. They will then use the painting as inspiration for writing creative travel guide entries.More
Students will examine the artistic characteristics of Childhood Idyll, describe the characteristics of a city and of the countryside, and classify pictures as being from a city/urban area or from a countryside/rural area.More
Esta exploración independiente contribuye a que los niños experimenten con formas, estructuras y materiales cuando construyen y equilibran objetos que encuentran en la naturaleza.More
Karen Kitchel's creative process required close looking and attention to detail. Recreate this experience with young children to give them tools for close looking.More
Justin Favela is one of 13 contemporary artists whose work was featured in Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place featuring installations that express experiences of contemporary life in the American West.More
Students will use American Grasslands to inspire their own investigation and representation of one square foot of natural space. The paintings will also serve to facilitate a discussion of the impact of living beings (humans and other animals) on the land.More
Students will enjoy moving like the birds in Blumenschein’s painting Mountain Lake (Eagle Nest). They will then use their powers of observation to learn what water looks like when it’s still versus when it’s moving and apply what they learn when examining the lake in the painting.More
This self-directed exploration supports children’s experimentation with forms, structures, and materials, as they build and balance found objects from nature.More
Students will examine the artistic characteristics of The Water Lily Pond; explain how the natural resources that appear in the painting, particularly the vegetation, correspond with the climate of France; and design and create a collage of a garden including different vegetation that coMore
Justin Favela es uno de los 13 artistas contemporáneos cuya obra se exhibió en Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place (Mi Tierra: artistas contemporáneos exploran el concepto de lugar), la cual constó de instalaciones que expresaban las experiencias de la vida contemporánea en el Oeste estadounidense.More
Background image of Wave Rock by Sangeeta Reddy.
Art Lives Here / El Arte Vive Aquí is generously funded by the Dresner Foundation, The Cathedral Fund in honor of Rand Smith, and Wells Fargo, with additional support provided by an anonymous donor and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).