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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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: 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: 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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Of Heaven and Earth: Glossary

Allegory- The representation of abstract ideas or principles by characters, figures, or events in narrative, dramatic, or pictorial form. Chiaroscuro- Pictorial representation in terms of light and shade without regard to color. Gesture- The representation of an object’s or figure’s position. Linear Perspective relates to the mathematical system of creating objects that are created three-dimensionally… Read on

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