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: Paint Your Own American Landscape!

Paint your own landscape! Go outside of the school, possibly to a park, sketch what you see in the landscape. What captures your attention in the landscape? What season is it? What time of day do you think it is? What is the weather like? What other qualities about nature would a Hudson River School… 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 Inspiration with Artist Reginald Baylor

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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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: Write Your Own Label

Each work of art in Inspiring Beauty has a text label; some of these include a summarized biography on the designer. The larger text panels have more extended information that relates to all the works in that section: they tell the story as to why those objects are shown together. The text panel at the… Read on

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