Haunted Screens: Playing with Film Terms

Be the filmmaker! Using your smartphone or iPad practice your film-vocabulary by filming different shots, camera angles and camera movements. Compare and contrast how filming an object or scene from different angles changes how you think, view, and feel. Compare and contrast how filming an object or scene from different angles changes how your audience… Read on

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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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Art Confrontation

Students will challenge themselves to live with a single work of art for a week that they DON’T like and see what happens. Have students find a work of art in the Museum that they definitely do not like. They should take a photo of that piece, write down its information from the label, or… Read on

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Token Response

It’s time for a game–respond to artworks instantaneously! First, print out copies of this sheet of tokens and cut out the icons. Make sure there are enough that each student has one set of tokens. At the Museum, choose a gallery with at least four artworks. Restrict your choices to FOUR works of art in… Read on

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Inspiring Beauty: Compare and Contrast Couture

Choose two haute couture garments from the Inspiring Beauty website and have students compare and contrast them. Discuss what is similar and what is different about the garments. Who might you expect to wear the garment? What function might she attend? Extend the lesson by having students write a narrative story from the perspective of… Read on

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Of Heaven and Earth: Form vs. Function

One goal of the Renaissance artist, such as those represented in the Of Heaven and Earth exhibition, was to depict the human form in a way that was realistic. During the same period, Renaissance scientists sought to learn more about human anatomy. This led to collaborations between artists and physicians. Share examples of the human… Read on

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Of Heaven and Earth: Chiaroscuro Creations

Chiaroscuro paintings often have strong contrasts of light and dark. This style of painting was made popular during the Renaissance and often featured a portrait of its subject. In the Of Heaven and Earth exhibition, the painting Salome (ca. 1681–85) by Carlo Dolci (pictured left) is one such example. Give students a chance to create their… Read on

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Observation

Discussion- Line, shape, and color are important building blocks for creating art. Select a painting by Kandinsky to discuss as a group. Activity- Look closely at the image for one minute. Notice the lines. What are they doing? Notice the shapes. Look for two kinds: geometric and biomorphic (or organic). Do you see shapes that… Read on

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Sew What?

Quilts are rich with tradition and are often associated with particular communities or parts of the country, such as Gee’s Bend, Alabama. Quilts have a variety of established patterns, but their design accommodates the addition of personal elements so that quilters can create quilts that tell personal stories and which reflect their individual tastes.  … Read on

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