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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Uncommon Folk Resources

Internet Resources American Folk Art Museum  Folk Art Society of America Folk Life Archive From Windmills to Whirligigs Possum Trot Roadside Art Online: Environments  Sculpture Background   Literature Resources American Folk Art for Kids by Richard Panchyk  Art from Her Heart: Folk Artist Clementine Hunter by Kathy Whitehead and Shane W. Evans Fish Eyes by… Read on

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Black & White to Color

Work with your technology integration specialist to use your school’s computer lab to do this pre-visit activity. Have students use a cell phone or digital camera to take a picture of something meaningful to them. They may take many pictures to find the right one, but they can only choose one final picture. In the… Read on

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In-depth Discussion: François Boucher

Read between the lines: These Rococo paintings by François Boucher (1703–1770) are not as innocent as they might seem. The Rococo was a period known for its double entendres (so these works might be most appropriate for your mature high school students). Paintings were commissioned for a patron’s pleasure and to show off tongue-in-cheek cleverness.… Read on

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Brooks Stevens Teacher Guide

The following interdisciplinary lesson plans are developed to accompany the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Brooks Stevens archives and Industrial Strength Design: How Brooks Stevens Shaped Your World exhibition. They are intended primarily (but not exclusively) for middle and high school teachers who wish to introduce their students to the field of industrial design and the processes… Read on

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The Similarities and Differences That Unite Us

Schedule time after the Museum tour for students to self-guide so that they can take pictures of works of art in the Museum galleries. Have students experiment with one of two Web 2.0 tools, Animoto or Glogster, to compare two works of art that they saw. Students should use their knowledge of the tool to… Read on

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The Brush Is in Your Court!

Deepen your students’ connection to the artwork viewed during the World Communities Museum tour by having them relate a work to a personal story, through technology. Students should use the Museum Collection website to find an artwork that inspired them on the tour, and then connect that piece to a personal story/reflection. Have them use… Read on

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Once Upon a Time… / Habia Una Vez…

Have students create a simple story inspired by their Museum tour using Voicethread. Students will need to connect the art from the tour to the concept of community. They should choose one of the works of art they saw at the Museum to begin their story; they can use the Museum Collection site to find… Read on

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We “Art” the World / Nous Sommes le Monde

Schedule time after the Museum tour for students to self-guide so that they can take pictures of works of art in the galleries. Students will then use Animoto to create a visual display of various works that represent their interpretation of world art. Have them include title and conclusion slides that reflect their thoughts on… Read on

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