What does it Mean to Brand Yourself?

Patrick Kelly’s like the one pictured here from Inspiring Beauty, were often embellished with ribbons and buttons and, at times, included bright colors. These materials added a sense of whimsy and joy while sometimes addressing difficult issues, such as racism. Have students select objects in the exhibition that they would use to create and show… Read on

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Inspiring Beauty: What Does This Garment Say to You?

Elements of design used in the visual arts can also be found in fashion! The elements of design include: Line: A mark that may be horizontal, vertical, diagonal, or curved. Color: Solid, or combined with others, color is defined by its hue, value, and intensity. Shape and Form: The outline or arrangement of an object. Shape… Read on

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Inspiring Beauty: Be the Designer

Designers use croquis as the base for sketching garments. Ask students to select a garment in Inspiring Beauty that speaks to them, and using a croqui template, sketch it! Remind students that, when drawing a figure for fashion design or styling, it is not necessary to show details in the face, hands, or feet. Use… Read on

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Of Heaven and Earth: Extra! Extra! Read All About it!

Adapted from Joynear Duncan, education student at Alverno College and Museum summer 2014 Intern. What did students think was “newsworthy” about the Of Heaven and Earth exhibition? Review highlights from your recent visit, and pull up the exhibition website if you need a reminder. As a class, generate key ideas related to the images and… Read on

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Of Heaven and Earth: Character & Setting

Adapted from the First Stage Theater Company Education Department. Using the painting The Sulky Boy (1875) by Antonio Mancini from the Of Heaven and Earth exhibition, ask students to describe the boy. Consider the following prompts to assist in your discussion: Who is the “sulky boy”? How old is he? What do the objects around… Read on

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Of Heaven and Earth: Pick a Piece

Some of the paintings featured in the Of Heaven and Earth exhibition were initially displayed in churches and other sacred places. Others would be included in the homes of wealthy arts patrons. After viewing the exhibition, imagine selecting one painting to take for yourself. Consider the following prompts to assist in the discussion: Which painting… Read on

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Of Heaven and Earth: Enter the Painting

Select a painting of interest from the Of Heaven and Earth exhibition, and spend at least sixty seconds in silence examining the details. Ask students to “take a walk” into the painting using their five senses. Consider the following prompts to assist in your discussion: What do they see, feel, hear, smell, taste? Describe your… Read on

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Observation

Discussion- Line, shape, and color are important building blocks for creating art. Select a painting by Kandinsky to discuss as a group. Activity- Look closely at the image for one minute. Notice the lines. What are they doing? Notice the shapes. Look for two kinds: geometric and biomorphic (or organic). Do you see shapes that… Read on

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Siginificant Experiences

Discussion- Reference a point in Kandinsky’s life, such as when he moved back to Russia, when he started working at the Bauhaus, or when his property was confiscated during World War I. What emotions might Kandinsky have felt at this time? Does his work reflect these emotions? Use the text panels in the exhibition to… Read on

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In Between the Lines

Activity Artists use lines to express movement, texture, and space. Step into the Juryfreie Murals room and identify the many ways lines are used. For instance, repeated lines create a sense of movement. Overlapping lines help suggest texture, while the weight and proximity of lines, such as having thick bold lines in the foreground and… Read on

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