Inspiring Beauty: Social Research

Fashion changes with the times. This was visible in the garments on view in the Inspiring Beauty exhibition. Find a person who is 10, 15, or even 25 years older than you to interview about fashion and their community. What types of clothing were popular when they were your age? What were the major events… Read on

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Inspiring Beauty: Design a Magazine

As a class or in small groups, review various magazine covers, such as Ebony, which was highlighted in the Inspiring Beauty exhibition. Ask students to identify the magazine’s key components, for instance, the masthead (or title), cover photo, cover lines (highlighting the stories inside), and the dateline (with the issue date and price). Make a… Read on

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Of Heaven and Earth: Strike Up the Band

Adapted from Joynear Duncan, education student at Alverno College and Museum summer 2014 Intern. The main forms of entertainment during the Renaissance, when the paintings at the beginning of the Of Heaven and Earth exhibition were made, were music and dance. There were two main types of dances: court dances and country dances. Court dances… Read on

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Mix It Up

Discussion- Kandinsky was an instructor at the Bauhaus, whose teaching program emphasized experimentation, form theory, and the direct handling of materials. He was best known for his instruction of color theory. In the visual arts, color theory organizes the colors in the spectrum and their relationships. Colors are categorized on the color wheel into primary… Read on

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Music + Art

Activity- Select three types of music for students to listen to for an exercise in musicality. Ask them to give form to the sounds they hear, to draw or paint abstract “musical drawings” for each song. Compare the drawings. What affect did the music have on each piece? How did the type of music influence… Read on

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It’s Tradition

Document family traditions by interviewing grandparents, uncles, and aunts to find out about family history. Listen to family stories, learn about grandparents’ hobbies, hear about their childhood songs and games, and investigate special holidays and family events. Create a class scrapbook or blog post that features stories and pictures from the past. Consider including recipes… Read on

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Investigate Traditions

Investigate with your students traditions (ethnic and otherwise) that are celebrated during the run of the feature exhibition. Consider reading one of the children’s stories listed below to begin. American Folk Art for Kids by Richard Panchyk Art from Her Heart: Folk Artist Clementine Hunter by Kathy Whitehead and Shane W. Evans Fish Eyes by… Read on

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Culture and Experience

Encourage students to compare the traditions of other ethnicities with their own culture and experience. What customs and rituals are similar, and which are different? Do any of the traditions overlap with their own? Teach respect for different ideas and people. Talk about the elements that are common to everyone. For example, people from different… Read on

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Backdrop Design

Collect reproductions of your favorite band or team, and then cut out the individuals and arrange them so that they form a rough triangle. Adhere each to paper and cut around the edges of the figures. Now, using your imagination, create three completely different backdrops for your group.

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Backdrop Building

Create your own architectural setting for George Frederick Cooke in the Role of Richard III (1811–12).  Have students research similar structures built during that time period. Lead a discussion about setting and the significance of architecture. Afterwards have students create their own structures using only masking tape, newspaper, and paper tubes.

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