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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Inspiring Beauty: What Does This Garment Say to You?

Elements of design used in the visual arts can also be found in fashion! The elements of design include: Line: A mark that may be horizontal, vertical, diagonal, or curved. Color: Solid, or combined with others, color is defined by its hue, value, and intensity. Shape and Form: The outline or arrangement of an object. Shape… 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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Of Heaven and Earth: Pick a Piece

Some of the paintings featured in the Of Heaven and Earth exhibition were initially displayed in churches and other sacred places. Others would be included in the homes of wealthy arts patrons. After viewing the exhibition, imagine selecting one painting to take for yourself. Consider the following prompts to assist in the discussion: Which painting… Read on

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A Positive Influence

Discussion- Throughout his career, Kandinsky experimented with different processes and materials. While in Murnau, Germany, he painted on glass, an interest his friends Gabriele Münter, Marianne Werefkin, and Alexei Jawlensky also shared. Kandinsky, together with Franz Marc, founded the Blue Rider group specifically so that he and like-minded artists could share and exchange ideas around… Read on

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In Between the Lines

Activity Artists use lines to express movement, texture, and space. Step into the Juryfreie Murals room and identify the many ways lines are used. For instance, repeated lines create a sense of movement. Overlapping lines help suggest texture, while the weight and proximity of lines, such as having thick bold lines in the foreground and… Read on

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