Backdrop Design

Collect reproductions of your favorite band or team, and then cut out the individuals and arrange them so that they form a rough triangle. Adhere each to paper and cut around the edges of the figures. Now, using your imagination, create three completely different backdrops for your group.

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Backdrop Building

Create your own architectural setting for George Frederick Cooke in the Role of Richard III (1811–12).  Have students research similar structures built during that time period. Lead a discussion about setting and the significance of architecture. Afterwards have students create their own structures using only masking tape, newspaper, and paper tubes.

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Model to Building: Comparing What Changed

The Building a Masterpiece exhibition consists of many different models of the Quadracci Pavilion—small, proportionally scaled, 3-D versions of the actual building, almost like dollhouses. Models are made so that architects can work out how a building will look, function, and be used. They are created before the building itself is built, so there are… Read on

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Inspired by Nature Matching Game

Santiago Calatrava was inspired by nature when he designed the Quadracci Pavilion addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum. After seeing the models and the watercolors from the exhibition, ask students to think about how nature might have inspired Calatrava by doing the below matching game. The below links connect to Google Search images of each… Read on

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Calatrava Photo Contest

As part of the Building a Masterpiece exhibition, the Museum is holding a photo contest of images of the Quadracci Pavilion. Have your class hold their own photo contest as a way to look more closely at architecture. Supply them with digital cameras or have them use the cameras in their cell phones to take… Read on

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Getting to Know Santiago Calatrava

What do you already know about the Milwaukee Art Museum? Project an image of the Museum on a screen in your classroom, and ask students to tell you what they know about this building—what is it, what is it for, what does it remind them of? Explain that the building was designed by the Spanish… Read on

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Background Information

The Milwaukee Art Museum’s Santiago Calatrava–designed Quadracci Pavilion captured international attention as soon as the designs were made public in 1997. The addition opened in 2001 and was the Spanish architect’s first building in the United States. Adding more than 140,000 square feet of space to the Museum, the building stands as an architectural icon… Read on

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