Say It with Art

Put yourself in another person’s shoes by “giving” a work to someone else. There are two ways to do this activity. Within your class Throw everyone’s name in a hat, from which students will draw another student’s name. Students look through the galleries for a work of art that they think the person whose name… Read on

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Object Story

Think of this as an icebreaker–the kind you did on the first day of summer camp or the first day of class to get to know each other. But instead of sharing our names and a fun fact about ourselves, introduce yourself through a work of art. At the museum, choose a boundary for your… Read on

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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’s Your Style?

As your students will see in the Inspiring Beauty exhibition, fashion design is a form of expression—one that is influenced by the world around us and that changes over time. Remind your students that individualism and identity are reflected in the type of clothing and accessories one wears. Ask them to bring one item that… 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: Digital Resources

Brown Eyed/Blue Eyed: A Class Divided by Jane Elliott How Data Can Make Fashion Ethical? This “4D-Printed” Dress Just Became Part of the Museum of Modern Art’s Collection What Makes it Haute Couture? Videos of the Ebony Fashion Fair Runway Show

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Inspiring Beauty: Compare and Contrast Couture

Choose two haute couture garments from the Inspiring Beauty website and have students compare and contrast them. Discuss what is similar and what is different about the garments. Who might you expect to wear the garment? What function might she attend? Extend the lesson by having students write a narrative story from the perspective of… 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: 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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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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