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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Meet the Artists

Students can research three of the artists—seven of whom lived in Wisconsin—in the Uncommon Folk: Traditions in American Art exhibition prior to their visit, using the exhibition website. Create maps and timelines, as a part of the artist report. The following questions can assist in starting. 1) Where was the artist born and when? Include this… Read on

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Historical Connections

Study the relationships between the human forms in the Sully exhibition and the natural worlds in the landscapes from the Museum’s Collection in Gallery 15. What techniques did the artists use to convey ideas? How does the subject matter reflect the activities of the nation at the time? Examine the painting View of Harper’s Ferry… Read on

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In-depth Discussion: Thomas Gainsborough

Thomas Gainsborough (1727–1788) was a painter who loved landscapes, but who made his money through portraiture. Mary, Countess Howe (ca. 1764) is commonly heralded as one of the great masterpieces of British painting. Gainsborough was paid to paint her portrait, along with that of her husband, Richard Howe, when he lived in Bath in the… Read on

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Field Trip to Kenwood House

Take a virtual field trip to Kenwood House before you visit the works of art at the Milwaukee Art Museum. In 1927, Lord Iveagh gave this house, its grounds, and a portion of his own art collection to Great Britain. Now, Kenwood House is a historic house and art museum open to the public. Have… Read on

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The Brush Is in Your Court!

Deepen your students’ connection to the artwork viewed during the World Communities Museum tour by having them relate a work to a personal story, through technology. Students should use the Museum Collection website to find an artwork that inspired them on the tour, and then connect that piece to a personal story/reflection. Have them use… Read on

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Exploring World Communities

Students will be introduced to art vocabulary, be able to talk about world communities as well as their own communities, locate the regions they will visit during the Museum tour, and think about how communities are connected through art. To introduce art vocabulary, have students use Tagxedo to input the key words of elements and… Read on

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Field Trip to Impressionist Europe

Let your students take a “virtual” field trip to the Europe of the Impressionists. Use the Google Earth program to look up the following places that were important to the Impressionists. You may also click on the links to be taken to the Google Maps online page, where you can view in map form, satellite… Read on

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