Degas Dance Session
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Degas Dance Session

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 20—30 minute lesson

Inspired by Dance Examination by Edgar Degas, this lesson will allow children to explore movement as it relates to music; specifically French Classical.

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Light in the Garden
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Light in the Garden

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 20—30 minute lesson

Inspired by The Lesson in the Garden by Berthe Morisot, this activity will involve a scientific exploration of the effects of dark and light and its impact on color and shadows.

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Culture and Community
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Culture and Community

James Córdova is one of four artists who participated in Cuatro [4]: A series of artist interactions. James used his practice as a santero, an artist who creates images of saints, to activate the collections and help us see the collections in a new way.

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Edgar Degas, Dance Examination (Examen de Danse), 1880
Field Trip

Degas: A Passion for Perfection

Grades K–12

Students will investigate Degas’ transformation from a portraitist and painter of historical subjects to one interested in the contemporary life of late-nineteenth-century Paris.

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Qiu Ying, attr. (1502-1552), Tribute Bearers (detail), Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), China, 1500s. Ink and color on silk
Field Trip

Linking Asia: Art, Trade, and Devotion

Grades K–12

Engage your students with a deep dive into the influence of the Silk Road and explore how trade routes inspired art over time and across the Asian continent.

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Her Paris: Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism
Field Trip

Her Paris: Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism

Grades K–12

Inspire your students with these remarkable works created by women in Paris from 1850-1900.

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Storyteller Figure Inspired Activity
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Storyteller Figure Inspired Activity

Artist Melanie Yazzie was inspired by the celebration and unity that story telling provides.

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Parfleche made by a Northern Plains artist
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Parfleche Inspired Activity

The artist Melanie Yazzie was inspired by the intricate and unique designs that are significant to the owner as well as the parfleche’s function for holding important items.

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Moccasin made using porcupine quills from an unknown maker in the Crow Tribe
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Moccasin Inspired Activity

A pair of moccasins sparked a connection for Artist Melanie Yazzie to consider the role and importance of having empathy for others, or “walking a mile in someone’s moccasins.”

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Storytelling Through Art
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Storytelling Through Art

Danette Montoya is a local artist who participated in the Cuatro[4] series of artist interactions. Each of the four artists brought our pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial art collections to life through their own artistic practice. Danette explored her own personal identity through this project with the inspiration of artists who came before us.

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