Bouguereau & America: Myth and Allegory

Background Information: Artists from many times and places have created artwork inspired by cultural figures of mythology and history, including William Adolphe-Bouguereau. While much of his imagery is from Greek and Roman mythology, every culture has its own iconic figures that represent values, history, and mythology that inspire our own stories and imaginations. Primary Purpose:… Read on

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Bouguereau & America: Helping Hands

Primary Purpose: Use the painting Homer and His Guide by William Adolphe-Bouguereau to help students recognize and explore empathy and how artists can communicate emotions in figurative art with facial expression, body language, and visual storytelling Background Information: Homer is the famous Greek poet and author of the Iliad and the Odyssey. This particular painting… Read on

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Coming Away: Winslow Homer & England Post-Museum Visit Activities

Enjoy these post-museum visit activities on your self-guided experience through Winslow Homer. These activities are designed to take an hour, with three parts totaling 20 minutes. Courtesy of the Worcester Art Museum.

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Coming Away: Winslow Homer & England Pre-Visit Activities

These pre-museum visit activities will build students’ background knowledge and introduce students to the life, legacy, and work of Winslow Homer.  The multipart activities can be done together, separately, or in any combination that works for your classroom. Courtesy of the Worcester Art Museum.

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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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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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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: What’s Your Style?

As your students will see in the Inspiring Beauty exhibition, fashion design is a form of expression—one that is influenced by the world around us and that changes over time. Remind your students that individualism and identity are reflected in the type of clothing and accessories one wears. Ask them to bring one item that… Read on

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