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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Music + Art

Activity– Select three types of music for students to listen to for an exercise in musicality. Ask them to give form to the sounds they hear, to draw or paint abstract “musical drawings” for each song. Compare the drawings. What affect did the music have on each piece? How did the type of music influence… Read on

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Miss Liberty

Historical subject matter in art can range from transformative events and people to personal histories. Frequently, the most vocal, social, and political artistic commentary has come not from established artists in the mainstream art world, but rather from artists like those represented in Uncommon Folk. The Miss Liberty (ca. 1910) sculpture in the exhibition includes… Read on

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Walk This Way

Walking sticks, or canes, are a common, recognized form. They function as physical supports, status symbols, and prestige items, often with elaborately carved narratives and personal insignia. The walking sticks in this exhibition demonstrate a wide range of designs that can be used to create a simple functional object. Each artist has conveyed his or… Read on

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Become Inspired

Using The Woodgatherer by Jules Bastien-Lepage, challenge students to create their own descriptive poem inspired by the painting. Have students: Start by listing colors the artist used in the painting. How would you describe these colors? Write descriptive names for the colors. For example, if one of the colors is green, is it forest green,… Read on

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Strike a Pose

Have students pose like the sitter in the portrait. Ask students to consider what it feels like to pose like the sitter, wear his or her clothes, and be in the setting of the portrait. Have students write a postcard to a friend describing their portrait experience.

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