Bouguereau & America: Myth and Allegory

Background Information: Artists from many times and places have created artwork inspired by cultural figures of mythology and history, including William Adolphe-Bouguereau. While much of his imagery is from Greek and Roman mythology, every culture has its own iconic figures that represent values, history, and mythology that inspire our own stories and imaginations. Primary Purpose:… Read on

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Bouguereau & America: Helping Hands

Primary Purpose: Use the painting Homer and His Guide by William Adolphe-Bouguereau to help students recognize and explore empathy and how artists can communicate emotions in figurative art with facial expression, body language, and visual storytelling Background Information: Homer is the famous Greek poet and author of the Iliad and the Odyssey. This particular painting… Read on

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Coming Away: Winslow Homer & England Post-Museum Visit Activities

Enjoy these post-museum visit activities on your self-guided experience through Winslow Homer. These activities are designed to take an hour, with three parts totaling 20 minutes. Courtesy of the Worcester Art Museum.

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Coming Away: Winslow Homer & England Pre-Visit Activities

These pre-museum visit activities will build students’ background knowledge and introduce students to the life, legacy, and work of Winslow Homer.  The multipart activities can be done together, separately, or in any combination that works for your classroom. Courtesy of the Worcester Art Museum.

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Haunted Screens: Playing with Film Terms

Be the filmmaker! Using your smartphone or iPad practice your film-vocabulary by filming different shots, camera angles and camera movements. Compare and contrast how filming an object or scene from different angles changes how you think, view, and feel. Compare and contrast how filming an object or scene from different angles changes how your audience… Read on

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Haunted Screens: How Do They Sound?

Create the soundtrack for a silent film featured in Haunted Screens.  Select a clip from the exhibition. Make a list of adjectives that describe emotions you feel while watching the clip (i.e. “confusion,” “sadness,” or “scared”). Imagine what sounds can be used to correspond to the emotions. Have students slowly start adding in sounds one… Read on

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Nature and the American Vision: Paint Your Own American Landscape!

Paint your own landscape! Go outside of the school, possibly to a park, sketch what you see in the landscape. What captures your attention in the landscape? What season is it? What time of day do you think it is? What is the weather like? What other qualities about nature would a Hudson River School… Read on

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