These 60-minutes lessons for grades K–2 are designed to encourage close looking and in-depth discussions among students. Some lesson descriptions include suggestions for related teaching resources, recommended as a tool to practice observation and critical thinking skills before or after your visit.
Animals in Art
Hunt for animal imagery in the Museum’s galleries. Students will be introduced to a variety of artistic representations and use of materials as well as the cultural elements of mythology and symbol. This lesson uses a variety of learning strategies, including role-play, storytelling, movement, and drawing. Suggested classroom resource: Mosaic of Lion.
Students will take a "picture walk" to explore the choices that artists and authors make when telling a story. This lesson encourages students to ask and answer questions about works of art in order to develop their literacy skills.
Learning to Look
Students will discover the Museum’s diverse collections while building their observation skills and descriptive vocabulary. The lesson explores artistic elements such as shape, line, color, and texture through activities, discussion, and drawing. Suggested classroom resource: Fred Tomaselli.
People in Art
Discover gesture and facial expression in the Museum’s varied collections. Through role-play, drawing, and observation, students will examine how an artist includes details to represent the emotions and actions of a character.