TAG: western American art

The Cow Book
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The Cow Book

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will use Dan Ostermiller's Scottish Angus Cow and Calf as primary source material to inspire secondary language arts skills. After analyzing the sculpture, they will write a children’s book that tells the story of these two animals.

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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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A Postcard from Home
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A Postcard from Home

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will examine and discuss Rabbit Hunt by E. Martin Hennings and use clues from the painting to identify place, landscape, culture, and any other information describing the region depicted in the work.

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Find the Details
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Find the Details

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

This lesson encourages students to focus on details and use their observations to answer hypothetical questions. They will do this by grouping objects in Sprick’s painting Release Your Plans into similar categories.

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I Can See Clearly Now: Practicing Careful Observation
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I Can See Clearly Now: Practicing Careful Observation

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 45 minute lesson

Working in small groups, students will find as many details as possible in Blumenschein’s Mountain Lake (Eagle Nest) using specific words to guide their investigation. They will then select three of their favorite details and write a poem that incorporates all three items.

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Do You See What I Write?
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Do You See What I Write?

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 45 minute lesson

Students will identify words that reflect the exact opposite of what they see in O’Keeffe’s Petunia and Glass Bottle. They will then think of words that capture what they do see as well as the emotions of the painting, and write a poem or museum placard for the piece.

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a bug's eye view
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a bug's eye view

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

Children will explore the sights, sounds, smells, and feel of grass and draw on this information to more carefully examine American Grasslands.

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Crazy About Clouds
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Crazy About Clouds

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

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.

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Writings from a Room with No View
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Writings from a Room with No View

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 50 minute lesson

After a careful examination of the painting Poppies, students will use it as a backdrop for a creative writing activity.

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Where It’s At
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Where It’s At

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will examine Rodeo-Pickup Man and use clues to determine the elements of story structure apparent in the painting, paying particular attention to setting. Students will then create a setting for a story of their own.

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My Own Backyard
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My Own Backyard

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

Children will examine the painting The Road to Santa Fe to see how many different animals, plants, people, colors, etc. they can find. They will then use their bodies to interact with the painting on a kinesthetic level.

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Sensory Exploration
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Sensory Exploration

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 50 minute lesson

In this lesson students will use their senses to explore the world around them and the world depicted in the painting Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. They will then have an opportunity to use this sensory information to write a creative piece and “perform” what they’ve written.

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An Imaginary Romp in the Snow
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An Imaginary Romp in the Snow

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 45 minute lesson

Through an examination of Theodore Waddell’s Motherwell’s Angus, students will look at colors to understand how artists use them to create sensations and help portray shapes. They will then imagine they are in the painting and write a creative piece about what they experience.

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What’s that Bear doing There? Making Inferences
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What’s that Bear doing There? Making Inferences

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will examine Cowboys Roping a Bear and learn how to make inferences for comprehension and also how to gather information from a painting. They will also realize how these skills transfer from looking at art to reading.

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How Would a ___________ Move?
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How Would a ___________ Move?

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

Children will explore and carefully examine Wilson Hurley’s Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone by imagining different animals moving around the painting. They will also think about and experiment with the sound of water, inspired by the waterfall portrayed in the painting.

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Who’s Got Your Back?
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Who’s Got Your Back?

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will examine Rodeo-Pickup Man and find information that allows them to compare and contrast the roles of people who provide safety across cultures and throughout different time periods.

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It’s in the Eyes
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It’s in the Eyes

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 45 minute lesson

Students will examine details of facial expression related to O’Keeffe’s Cow Licking. They will then use Cow Licking and other images of eyes to inspire them as they draw multiple pairs of eyes that reflect different emotions.

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Creative Problem Solving
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Creative Problem Solving

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 45 minute lesson

Students will examine Remington’s The Cheyenne and identify the challenges he faced in creating a horse that appears to be airborne. They will then work with a partner and go through a similar problem-solving process to create their own airborne sculpture.

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Who Are You Supposed to Be?
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Who Are You Supposed to Be?

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 55 minute lesson

Students will observe and discuss Hennings’s painting Rabbit Hunt, choose a character from the piece, and write a narrative from that character’s perspective.

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Where to Look?
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Where to Look?

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 60 minute lesson

Students learn about the idea of a focal point through Waddell’s painting Motherwell’s Angus. They will have a chance to talk about the methods Waddell uses to establish multiple focal points and sketch out how changing these elements would change the overall feel of the painting.

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