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Art as a Primary Resource
Explore the ways rituals, ceremonies, and rites of passage play an important role in communities around the world through an investigation of related objects.
From cuneiform inscriptions to digital tablets, this lesson highlights changes and continuity in written communications across the ages.
How can buildings reflect the relationship between people and the environment? Explore possibilities in this lesson plan featuring an ancient Egyptian temple.
Examine a major turning point in the American Revolution through a close look at this depiction of General Washington and his troops crossing the Delaware River.
Students will be able to identify ways works of art reflect exchange between Chinese and Near Eastern civilizations; recognize ways animals act as symbols in various cultures; and create a tile that highlights the qualities and traits commonly associated with an animal.
Students will be able to identify shared visual characteristics among several works of art from Islamic Spain; recognize ways designs are adapted across a range of media; and cite strengths and limitations of various materials.
Students will be able to recognize ways works of art reflect medieval Nishapur's status as an important center of trade; use visual evidence to support inferences; and apply an original two-dimensional design to a three-dimensional form (in alternative activity).
Use writing, drawing, or movement as a means to share evidence-based inferences about this sculpture of a dancer by Degas.
Explore ways that viewpoint shapes the way we picture the past in this lesson plan featuring a depiction of the abolitionist John Brown.
Use viewing questions and a debate activity to investigate the relationship between art and community values, techniques artists use to convey ideas, and strategies for interpreting an American painting in the Museum's Modern and Contemporary galleries.
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