Symbolic Understanding
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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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Dazzle ‘em
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Dazzle ‘em

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

Students will view and discuss the symbols and design of the Eyedazzler Blanket/Rug and then create a dazzling symbol design of their own on either fabric or paper.

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Got a Head for Compassion?
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Got a Head for Compassion?

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 35 minute lesson

This lesson focuses on the story of the Eleven-Headed Bodhisattva of Compassion and the definition of “compassion.” Students will work with visual images and tools to enhance oral and listening skills, while building upon kindness in peer relationships and with others around them.

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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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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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Form and Function Get Funky
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Form and Function Get Funky

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will discuss how Wes Wilson’s poster Association, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco reflects the time and place in which he created it and how this type of artistic expression continues to inform and influence a wide variety of visual media today.

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More Than Just the ABC’s
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More Than Just the ABC’s

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 45 minute lesson

In order to understand that letters often communicate more than the words they spell, students will explore how to make letters inspired by different shapes.

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Dance Like a Flame
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Dance Like a Flame

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

Students will explore Wes Wilson’s poster through movement and sound. They will use movement, sounds, and words to communicate what they see and how the poster makes them feel.

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Concepts of Cropping
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Concepts of Cropping

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 55 minute lesson

Students will look at Donald Coen’s painting Yellow Rain Jacket and discuss the compositional technique he used. Students will then choose a photograph that interests them, crop intriguing sections, and paint the cropped image, emulating Coen’s process.

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Completely Crazy Creatures
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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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The Sounds, Sights & Feel of Nature
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The Sounds, Sights & Feel of Nature

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

Students will examine Bierstadt’s painting Wind River Country, identify what they see, and imagine what’s missing. They will then touch objects similar to those in the painting to connect visual and tactile experiences.

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