Bouguereau & America: Helping Hands

Primary Purpose: Use the painting Homer and His Guide by William Adolphe-Bouguereau to help students recognize and explore empathy and how artists can communicate emotions in figurative art with facial expression, body language, and visual storytelling Background Information: Homer is the famous Greek poet and author of the Iliad and the Odyssey. This particular painting… Read on

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Bougueareau & America: Writing + Art Activity

Engage your students in writing with inspiration from works of art. The following is a low-stakes writing activity designed to help students practice inferencing skills using visual evidence from works of art. This and a collection of other prompts can be used with any work of art you or your students choose. Use note cards… Read on

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Coming Away: Winslow Homer & England Post-Museum Visit Activities

Enjoy these post-museum visit activities on your self-guided experience through Winslow Homer. These activities are designed to take an hour, with three parts totaling 20 minutes. Courtesy of the Worcester Art Museum.

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Coming Away: Winslow Homer & England Pre-Visit Activities

These pre-museum visit activities will build students’ background knowledge and introduce students to the life, legacy, and work of Winslow Homer.  The multipart activities can be done together, separately, or in any combination that works for your classroom. Courtesy of the Worcester Art Museum.

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Haunted Screens: How Do They Sound?

Create the soundtrack for a silent film featured in Haunted Screens.  Select a clip from the exhibition. Make a list of adjectives that describe emotions you feel while watching the clip (i.e. “confusion,” “sadness,” or “scared”). Imagine what sounds can be used to correspond to the emotions. Have students slowly start adding in sounds one… 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: Social Research

Fashion changes with the times. This was visible in the garments on view in the Inspiring Beauty exhibition. Find a person who is 10, 15, or even 25 years older than you to interview about fashion and their community. What types of clothing were popular when they were your age? What were the major events… Read on

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