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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The Museum Abstracted

Activity– As Kandinsky’s career progressed, his paintings became increasingly more abstract and included veiled symbols. Select an area of the Milwaukee Art Museum campus to sketch in an abstract format, and integrate symbols into the image. Share your drawings.

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Mix It Up

Discussion– Kandinsky was an instructor at the Bauhaus, whose teaching program emphasized experimentation, form theory, and the direct handling of materials. He was best known for his instruction of color theory. In the visual arts, color theory organizes the colors in the spectrum and their relationships. Colors are categorized on the color wheel into primary… Read on

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My Dogs Are Barking

The animals in the Uncommon Folk exhibition range from wild to domestic, prehistoric to contemporary, whimsical to sober, and miniature to life-size. Each sculpture effectively captures the essence of the animal. View and discuss the animal sculptures with regard to their characteristics and potential symbolism.             Directions: A mascot is… 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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Some Assemblage Required

Assemblage is a 3-D work comprised of “found” objects that the artist has arranged in a particular way. These objects can be organic or man-made. One thing to consider about assemblage is the design. Whereas assemblage is typically three-dimensional, collage is typically two-dimensional. Both art forms are considered eclectic in nature and composition. The meanings of… 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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Look Into My Eyes

Artists who make portraits create an image in the likeness of a person (or animal)—capturing identifiable features, his or her personality, and the like. Objects within a portrait can provide visual clues about the individual featured in the artwork.             Ted Gordon  Choose two of Ted Gordon’s portraits and have… 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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Practice Looking

Visit the Collections page on the Museum’s website for high-resolution images. Select 2–3 portraits and use discussion questions similar to what students may encounter on a tour. Without sharing any information about the painting, give students time to look closely at the work of art. Encourage them to explore every area of the image. After… Read on

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