Nature and the American Vision: The Course of Empire – Discussion

Host a small group discussion based on “The Course of Empire” by Thomas Cole. Cole painted this series of five paintings, The Savage State, The Arcadian or Pastoral State, The Consummation of Empire, Destruction, and Desolation, to depict his view of the rise and fall of an Empire taking place across the span of a… Read on

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Nature and the American Vision: Whose View of America?

Many of the paintings were used to capture the beauty of nature while capturing a sense of what makes America unique. After viewing the exhibition, choose one image that you would like to take for yourself and that captures the uniqueness of America to you. Consider the following prompts to assist in the discussion: Which… Read on

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Nature and the American Vision: Close Looks with Discussion Prompts

Prepare your students for their visit to the feature exhibition by taking a closer look at four paintings in the exhibition using the background information and suggested discussion prompts included in this educator packet from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Evening for Educators.

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Nature and the American Vision: Glossary

Relevant vocabulary for the feature exhibition, including important words that will be appropriate for gallery discussions Atmospheric perspective (a.k.a. aerial perspective) – The creation or illusion of depth in a painting or drawing through color to simulate the effect of the atmosphere on objects seen at a distance. Objects that far away will have less… Read on

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Art and Culture with Community Activists Anwar Floyd-Pruitt and Adam Carr

This video is part of a collection of recorded talks with Milwaukee-area professionals who don’t work in museums, but use art in their work and lives. These live talks are inspiring, combining art with many different fields. These videos are great resources for high school teachers who might want to speak with students about different… Read on

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Art and History with Historians Phillip C. Naylor and Jodi Eastberg

This video is part of a collection of recorded talks with Milwaukee-area professionals who don’t work in museums, but use art in their work and lives. These live talks are inspiring, combining art with many different fields. These videos are great resources for high school teachers who might want to speak with students about different… 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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