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
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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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Take the Time: Mindfulness for Kids
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Take the Time: Mindfulness for Kids

This story encourages children to slow down and take time. Inspired by our Mandala coloring page, children will enjoy the soothing and mindful practice of taking time.

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Detail of Navajo weaver figure at loom
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Weaver-inspired Activity

Find inspiration for class artmaking related to the Weaver with Loom figure. Watch Melanie Yazzie discuss her inspiration, too.

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Building outside the box
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Building outside the box

Elementary (grades K-5) Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 60 minute lesson

Explore architecture with the idea that buildings don't have to be box-shaped. Students will create their own architectural designs by literally thinking outside the box.

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