The Great Debate

Historians continue to debate the merits of the decisions and actions taken by President Andrew Jackson during his two terms in office. Living between the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, Jackson played a central role in virtually all the controversial issues of his time—Indian removal, economic reform, states’ rights, and slavery. Overshadowed in popular… Read on

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Art Debate: Art vs. Advertising

Can art be advertising? Can advertising be art? What is the relationship between the two? As color photography grew in popularity, artists themselves were thinking about this very question, as seen in Color Rush: 75 Years of Color Photography in America. They produced photographs for magazines, or were paid by companies like Kodak to take… Read on

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Drawing with Light

This art activity is a great, physical project for those days before spring or summer break when students need to release energy—and will also support your class’s planning and teamwork skills. Although it is popular now to “draw with light” (http://bit.ly/Y308xY) to create photographs (a Google image search reveals lots of different ideas), many of… Read on

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Create a Classroom Magazine

This activity ties to social studies and news projects that you might be working on with your class, inspired by Color Rush: 75 Years of Color Photography in America. A major part of the exhibition focuses on magazines. Artists such as Nickolas Muray, Anton Bruehl, and Paul Outerbridge, Jr., used color to entice people to… Read on

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Creating a Community of Art in your Classroom

The last section of the show focuses on a group of artists associated with the Art/Brut Center Gugging, located outside of Vienna, Austria. Formerly a psychiatric institution, the center emerged from a program that one of the original doctors founded when he discovered and encouraged the artistic talents of a number of his patients. Artists… 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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ArtQuest: Grades 9-12

Print out this Museum game for your students to use on your self-guided visit. Students can play alone, with someone else, or with a group. Depending on how they play, students can work individually or take turns answering the questions. You can use this game over again with any work of art in the galleries.… Read on

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ArtQuest: Grades 6-8

Print out this Museum game for your students to use on your self-guided visit. Students can play alone, with someone else, or with a group. Depending on how they play, students can work individually or take turns answering the questions. You can use this game over again with any work of art in the galleries.… Read on

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ArtQuest: Grades 3-5

Print out this Museum game for your students to use on your self-guided visit. Students can play alone, with someone else, or with a group. Depending on how they play, students can work individually or take turns answering the questions. You can use this game over again with any work of art in the galleries.… Read on

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Making Marks Part 1 (Eye Spy)

Go on a mark-making eye-spy hunt! Give your students copies of this PDF worksheet, which shows many (but not all!) of the different marks that Impressionists used. Have them try to replicate the marks with pencil, and then search through the galleries to see if they can find those marks in the work. Have them… Read on

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