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Blog: Kids & Families

November 2017 Family Fun

What to See & Do This Month at the DAM

Get the scoop on all the interactive activities for kids and families at the Denver Art Museum this month. More

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Blog: Behind the Scenes

Western American Art on View in the Hamilton Building

See a selection of paintings by early-twentieth century Taos artists including Victor Higgins, E. Martin Hennings, and Walter Ufer, as well as works by other American modernists including B. J. O. Nordfelt, Beatrice Mandelman, and Denver’s own Vance Kirkland. More

Bucking Broadway (1917), directed by John Ford.
Event: Lectures & Programs

Set in the West: Telling Tales in Art and Film 

11th Annual Petrie Institute Symposium
Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 10:00am5:00pm.

The Petrie Institute of Western American Art presents their eleventh annual symposium, Set in the West: Telling Tales in Art and Film. More

Theodore Waddell, Motherwell’s Angus, 1994. Oil paint on canvas. Denver Art Museum; Gift of Barbara J. and James R. Hartley.
Art Exploration

Tinker with Mark Making Tools

Using uncommon painting tools allow children creativity and a choice when determining what and how to create their artwork.  

Artists often tinker with non-conventional tools to help create their art. In Motherwell’s Angus, artist Theodore Waddell uses masonry trowels and specially modified brushes originally intended to apply tar to roofs to create a heavy build-up of paint on the surface of the canvas.

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Frederic Remington, A Dash for the Timber, oil on canvas, 1889.
Exhibition

The Western

An Epic in Art and Film
May 27, 2017–Sep 10, 2017

The Western: An Epic in Art and Film is the first major exhibition to examine the Western genre and its evolution from the mid-1800s to the present through fine art, film, and popular culture. Featuring 160 works, the exhibition explores gender roles, race relations, and gun violence—offering a visual journey that is about more than cowboys, bandits, and barroom brawls.

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The Visual “Language” of Emotions
Lesson Plan

The Visual “Language” of Emotions

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 45 minute lesson

Students will examine how the composition of O’Keeffe’s Cow Licking influences their reaction to the painting. They will then draw upon what they learn to create a piece of their own.

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Completely Crazy Creatures
Lesson Plan

Completely Crazy Creatures

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 25 minute lesson

After observing Donald Coen’s painting Yellow Rain Jacket, students will draw in missing parts of the horse on a printed copy of the painting. Students will also add parts of other animals to the original image to create imaginative animal hybrids.

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Possible Perspectives
Lesson Plan

Possible Perspectives

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 55 minute lesson

Students will look at and discuss Coen’s painting Yellow Rain Jacket and write stories from the perspective of either the horse or the champion rider, exploring how the same details can be communicated differently.

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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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Eye-Catching Compositions
Lesson Plan

Eye-Catching Compositions

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will view and discuss Yellow Rain Jacket, paying particular attention to the artist’s choice of content and composition. They will learn about composition by creating a frame and choosing areas of an image that they wish to emphasize.

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Wondrous Water
Lesson Plan

Wondrous Water

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 30 minute lesson

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.

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That Long Jakes
Lesson Plan

That Long Jakes

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 55 minute lesson

Students will compare and contrast the Long Jakes painting to the whimsical illustration for the poem “Backward Bill” by Shel Silverstein.

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So Many Colors to See!
Lesson Plan

So Many Colors to See!

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 45 minute lesson

Students will closely examine the colors in Georgia O’Keeffe’s Petunia and Glass Bottle. They will then explore color by adding different amounts of white and black paint to a base color to create different hues of that color.

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So Much to See, So Little Time
Lesson Plan

So Much to See, So Little Time

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

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.

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Group Poem
Lesson Plan

Group Poem

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will use this painting as primary source material to inspire secondary language arts skills. After analyzing the painting, they will write their observations in the form of a free write and turn some of their words into a group-generated poem.

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Taking a Stand on Coexistence
Lesson Plan

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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The Power of Plein Air
Lesson Plan

The Power of Plein Air

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will examine and discuss Rabbit Hunt by E. Martin Hennings, paying particular attention to the fact that it is a plein air painting (meaning it was painted outdoors).

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Arbitrary Arrangements
Lesson Plan

Arbitrary Arrangements

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 55 minute lesson

Students will observe Daniel Sprick’s painting Release Your Plans and explore the importance of artistic decisions. They will then work as a team to create their own arrangement of objects in unconventional compositions.

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