This lesson connects to Jeffrey Gibson's Freedom with the idea that we make choices about what we carry and why. Young learners will explore their own identity and learn about others through a guessing game, sorting game, and close observation of art.
Young learners will explore the layers of geometric shapes in Jeffrey Gibson's Freedom, and explore a variety of types of materials to make a multi-layered art work of their own.
Inspired by Dance Examination by Edgar Degas, this lesson will allow children to explore movement as it relates to music; specifically French Classical. Children will explore the concepts of tempo (slow/fast), and crescendo and decrescendo (loud/soft) while expressing creative freedom with a variety of fabrics inspired by Degas.
Inspired by The Lesson in the Garden by Berthe Morisot, this activity will involve a scientific exploration of the effects of dark and light and its impact on color and shadows. Children will explore a variety of light sources and materials, and will have the opportunity to document their observations. The children will then return to The Lesson in the Garden painting to discuss their conclusions and comparisons based on their experiments and their examination of the piece.
Students will “fly” outdoors like the birds depicted in the Bird and Cornstalk Rug, collect nest-making materials, and report back to the group what they observed during their “flight.”
This lesson focuses on the story of the Eleven-Headed Bodhisattva of Compassion and the definition of “compassion.” Students will work with visual images and tools to enhance oral and listening skills, while building upon kindness in peer relationships and with others around them.
Children will examine the images of Garden Party on the Terrace of a Country Home, hearing briefly what each is about. They will then brainstorm a story about the image with the teacher and act out the scenario they’ve imagined.
Children will examine images of traditional buildings and compare them to what they see in the Frederic C. Hamilton Building. They will then imagine they are butterflies flitting about the Frederic C. Hamilton Building and describe differences they notice.
Children will examine the images of the Stela that show the man depicted was a powerful ruler. The teacher will then help the children craft a few stories about him from two different perspectives, followed by children acting out each of these stories.
Children will examine images of the Stela and learn how the area where the man depicted lived had an influence on what he’s wearing. The teacher will talk about the geography of Central America through images and have children participate in an activity that allows them to compare the location of Central America to where they live.
Inspired by the wasps on the Japanese Grip Enhancers (Menuki) with Wasps and Fans, this lesson focuses on communicating through words and movement. After exploring the purpose of the grip enhances in the samurai tradition and characteristics of wasps, students will use wasp sounds and movements to play a word game and listen to a story about wasps.
The materials and artistry used to create the Osage Ribbon Appliqué Wearing Blanket provide the basis for students to develop an understanding of the process of how it was made, and build related vocabulary.