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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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: Exhibition Walkthrough

Opening with some of the earliest and most refined examples of Italian painting, including Sandro Botticelli’s stunning Annunciation, the exhibition Of Heaven and Earth unfolds chronologically. The High Renaissance is next, with its emphasis on naturalism and rationality, the most familiar qualities of Italian painting. This section contains rare early work by Titian. Subsequently, visitors… Read on

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Exploring Symbolism

Discussion- Have students select an object from home (e.g., their backpack, toy, clothing) that they feel best represents them. Encourage them to share with a partner why they selected the object. For example, a favorite ring might shine like one’s personality. Activity- Ask your students to find an image to serve as a symbol for… Read on

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My Dogs Are Barking

The animals in the Uncommon Folk exhibition range from wild to domestic, prehistoric to contemporary, whimsical to sober, and miniature to life-size. Each sculpture effectively captures the essence of the animal. View and discuss the animal sculptures with regard to their characteristics and potential symbolism.             Directions: A mascot is… Read on

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Some Assemblage Required

Assemblage is a 3-D work comprised of “found” objects that the artist has arranged in a particular way. These objects can be organic or man-made. One thing to consider about assemblage is the design. Whereas assemblage is typically three-dimensional, collage is typically two-dimensional. Both art forms are considered eclectic in nature and composition. The meanings of… Read on

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Symbolic Portraiture

Artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and David Hammons use abstract images or found objects (instead of realistic images) to make a portrait. Have students make a symbolic portrait, either of themselves or of a person in their family. They should start by brainstorming objects that are important to their subject, words that describe the person,… 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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What Makes a Community?/ ¿Qué Forma una Comunidad?

Have your students brainstorm key vocabulary in both Spanish and English that relates to the idea of community: what it is, who/what is involved, how it can relate to different areas of life, etc. Split your students into groups and assign each a letter from the word “comunidad” (8 letters, only one “d”). Each group… Read on

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We Are the Wor(l)d

In groups, have students brainstorm words that represent the vocabulary and themes they anticipate encountering on a World Communities tour at the Museum. As a whole class, share these words and compile a master list. Create a class word cloud and discuss what the most common words were and why they are meaningful to the… Read on

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