American Epics: Benton in 3-D

See how a Benton classic was recreated in this article from the Peabody Essex Museum. Benton’s clay maquette (a sculptors small preliminary model or sketch) for Cotton Weighing is too fragile to travel, but come see the real thing at the Milwaukee Art Museum!

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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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Nature and the American Vision: Close Looks with Discussion Prompts

Prepare your students for their visit to the feature exhibition by taking a closer look at four paintings in the exhibition using the background information and suggested discussion prompts included in this educator packet from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Evening for Educators.

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Inspiring Beauty: Design a Magazine

As a class or in small groups, review various magazine covers, such as Ebony, which was highlighted in the Inspiring Beauty exhibition. Ask students to identify the magazine’s key components, for instance, the masthead (or title), cover photo, cover lines (highlighting the stories inside), and the dateline (with the issue date and price). Make a… Read on

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Inspiring Beauty: Be the Designer

Designers use croquis as the base for sketching garments. Ask students to select a garment in Inspiring Beauty that speaks to them, and using a croqui template, sketch it! Remind students that, when drawing a figure for fashion design or styling, it is not necessary to show details in the face, hands, or feet. Use… Read on

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Of Heaven and Earth: Biographies

Sandro Botticelli (Florentine, 1444/45–1510) One of the most celebrated painters of the Italian Renaissance, Sandro Botticelli was known for his elegant style, eminent patrons, and often lyrical approach to his subject matter. He was trained in the workshop of Fra Filippo Lippi (ca. 1406–1469) and spent much of his career working in his native Florence,… Read on

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Of Heaven and Earth: Glasgow Museum

The City of Glasgow possesses one of the finest civic collections of Italian paintings. Exquisite early canvases by Giovanni Bellini, Sandro Botticelli, and Titian highlight their holdings. The museums are also endowed with masterpieces by eighteenth- and nineteenth-century painters such as Francesco Guardi and Antonio Mancini. Accordingly, their collection reflects the true breadth of the… 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: Exhibition Walkthrough

Opening with some of the earliest and most refined examples of Italian painting, including Sandro Botticelli’s stunning Annunciation, the exhibition Of Heaven and Earth unfolds chronologically. The High Renaissance is next, with its emphasis on naturalism and rationality, the most familiar qualities of Italian painting. This section contains rare early work by Titian. Subsequently, visitors… Read on

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