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The Impressionists were friends with many creative people in Paris in the 1800s, including writers. Charles Baudelaire was one of the most famous writers of all, and Impressionist paintings and works on paper inspired many of his writings. Here is an excerpt of his writing about Boudin’s seascapes: In the end, all these clouds, with… Read on

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Create Your Own Eye-Spy

Have students make their own “eye-spy” activity for a work of art to encourage close looking. They should use their most precise vocabulary to help the person playing the game find the objects in the work of art–or to make it trickier! Students should exchange their eye-spy with a classmate. You could also have your… Read on

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Living With Art

Give students a printout of a work of art to take home and “live with”—they should hang it up in a place where they will see it every day. What did you fall in love with? What bothered you? What do you still wonder about? What did your family think of the work when you… Read on

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Museum Labels

Talk with your students about the labels found in a museum and how they share important information about the work of art. Let your students explore each part of a museum label on this interactive website. Then, have your students create their own labels. Use this as a research project to create historically accurate labels… Read on

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Research Ready

Use a work of art as inspiration for a research project. Choose a group of artworks that fit with your curriculum and allow students to choose one, or have your class work on one piece that you choose. Have students divide a piece of paper into two columns with the headers “What we can know… Read on

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Act It Out

Have students choose two characters (or even objects) in a work of art and give them a voice. They should decide on personalities and write a dialogue between the two. You could also do this in the Museum galleries with multiple works of art—what might they say to each other? This is a great opportunity… Read on

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