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
Field Trip

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
Field Trip

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
Field Trip

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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Rembrandt van Rijn, Rembrandt with Eyes Wide Open, about 1630. Etching and drypoint; image height: 2.09 x image width: 1.81 in. Bibliothèque nationale de France. Image courtesy of BnF.
Field Trip

Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker

Students will explore over 100 prints, plus several drawings and paintings that Rembrandt created between 1625 and 1665.

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Oversized rawhide box with painted geometric shapes in bright colors, on repurposed tipi poles
Art Object Resource

Freedom

2013
Jeffrey Gibson
American Grasslands: Prairie, Pasture, Crop and Lawn, Karen Kitchel, 1997, oil paint
Lesson Spark

A Walk in Nature

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.

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El hogar y la identidad 
Inspiraciones para la clase

El hogar y la identidad 

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.

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Tête et Oiseau (Head and Bird), Joan Miró, 1967
Art Exploration

Building with Natural Found Objects

This self-directed exploration supports children’s experimentation with forms, structures, and materials, as they build and balance found objects from nature.

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