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George Washington: A National Treasure
Comprehensive study of the Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington. Features an interactive guide pointing to the symbolic, biographic, and artistic elements of the painting, a biography of Washington’s life, kids’ activities, teachers’ guides, family tips, and tour details.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Arts of the Islamic World Teacher's Guide
This downloadable guide introduces the Islamic world through art. Includes an overview of Islamic beliefs and holidays; and a look at the art of calligraphy, architectural objects, and everyday objects of trade and culture. Includes lesson plans by grade level and suggestions for additional resources.
Provider: Freer and Sackler Galleries
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Grade(s): All grades
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Galaxy of Images
Online database offering more than 11,000 images that represent a broad cross-section of the Libraries' collections. Includes an easy-to-use search feature. Additional images and collections are added regularly.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): General audience
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Instrument of Change: Jim Schoppert
Retrospective exhibition of Tlingit artist Jim Schoppert (1947-1992), one of the most prodigious and influential Alaskan artists. He is known for repurposing Native images to go beyond their original design and purpose. Includes large woodcarvings, masks and poetry.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Out and About – Creating Design
Lesson introducing students to the Elements of Art and Principles of Design through the use of digital cameras and the Photoshop CS2 program.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Owney the Dog! A Curriculum Guide for Teachers
Interdisciplinary lessons based on the travels of a dog named Owney who became a mascot for the Railway Mail Service in the 1880s and for the National Postal Museum today. Designed for second-grade classes, it includes lessons for students with special needs in reading, math, and writing.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Speaking of Pictures: John Quidor’s The Headless Horseman
Roll over this artwork to read excerpts from the famous Halloween tale "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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The Rainforest
Ecology-based teaching kit provides a unique look at a popular subject. Through Lynne Cherry’s The Great Kapok Tree, children explore artists’ perspectives on the rainforest by investigating their works. Lesson plans include language, science, music, and motor activities as well as extensive art enrichment. Based on the philosophy and approach of the Smithsonian’s museum lab school.
Provider: Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Women of Our Time
Interactive gallery displaying photographs of some of twentieth-century America’s most famous and influential women. Includes audio commentary by the exhibit’s curator and documentary video about the evolution of photographic portraiture.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): General audience
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Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits
Lesson plan has students study portraits of famous African Americans in history, explain the social and political impact of each portrait sitter, and discuss what it means to take a stand. Targets grades 3-6.
Provider: National Museum of African American History and Culture
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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ArtLab+
ArtLab+ is a digital media studio that gives Washington, D.C.-area teenagers the opportunity to become integral members of a design team. They create new visitor experiences at the museum, taking their inspiration from its permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. ArtLab+ designers hone crucial twenty-first century skills as they make videos, animations, wikis, games, podcasts, and more. After-school, weekend, and weeklong ArtLab+ workshops are held year-round to accommodate a wide variety of schedules.
Provider: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Grade(s): 9–12
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Animation Flip Books
Lesson introducing students to basic elements of animation. While learning about the role of design in entertainment from classic cartoons, students create a “bouncing ball” flip book to demonstrate knowledge of sequential motion.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Podcasting with Your Students
Article that follows elementary students as they produce podcasts about their field trips. Included is technical advice on podcast.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): All grades
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Musical Math-terpiece: The Art of Piet Mondrian
Lesson in which students learn about the jazz-inspired life and art of Piet Mondrian to create their own Mondrian-style paintings. They do internet research, create a computer art piece using grid patterns of repeating shapes, and paint their own music-inspired painting. Examines both geometrical shapes and painting.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Creativity & Resistance: Maroon Cultures in the Americas
Online exhibition highlighting the history and cultural traditions of Maroons, descendants of Africans who freed themselves from captivity in the Americas. Contains exhibit description, virtual tour, and teaching guides that can be utilized to create lesson plans covering topics relevant to slavery, culture, migration, and language.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Gallery Guide: Royal Riches
Gallery guide discussing art and culture in the Ancient Near East, the region from the shores of the Mediterranean Sea to present-day Afghanistan. Includes a history of Near Eastern art and additional resources.
Provider: Freer and Sackler Galleries
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Save Outdoor Sculpture! Children’s Page
Online children’s program on outdoor sculpture featuring five interactive activities.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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Ancient Mexican Art
Online exhibit illustrating the cultural and historical continuity of Mexican art from ancient times to the colonial era and the present. Uses pieces from a variety of media. Bilingual English/Spanish.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): General audience
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Art to Zoo: “Blacks in the Westward Movement,” “What Can You Do with a Portrait?” and “Of Beetles, Worms, and Leaves of Grass” (1976)
Premier issue of Art to Zoo, containing three sections: experiences of African Americans in westward expansion, the use of portrait art in the classroom, and the ordinary lawn as a habitat for plants and animals.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Color My World
Lesson using the scientific method to explore how to make different colors with paint, then using the paint to create a "Colors of the Season" book.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Pueblo Indian Watercolors
Teacher guide beginning with the history of the Pueblo Indians and using watercolor paintings to highlight aspects of Pueblo culture.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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Smithsonian in Your Classroom: Every Picture Tells a Story
Lesson plan that focuses on important steps in the development of photography in the nineteenth century. Students make observations and inferences about historical photos, then use deductive skills to place photographs in a historical context.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Art and Archaeology of Ancient China Teacher's Guide
Teacher's guide introducing important aspects of ancient Chinese art and society. Includes images of objects, background information, lesson plans by teachers, examples of student work, gallery guides, and extensive resource lists. Objects focus on personal adornment, food preparation, ceremonies, writing, industry, and architecture. Teacher's Guide is available in three parts as a PDF file.
Provider: Freer and Sackler Galleries
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Smithsonian in Your Classroom: Making Friends with Franklin
Lesson plans in which portraits of Benjamin Franklin introduce his writings and scientific experiments. Students do their own writing and conduct their own experiments. In addition, they learn about the international scientific community in which Franklin was a prominent member.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Public Sculpture: America’s Legacy
Study guide including a video that examines why certain historical subjects have inspired commemorative sculpture. Presents the Marine Corps Memorial (Iwo Jima) and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial as examples.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Tête à Tête: Portraits by Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lesson plan introducing students to the art of photography through Cartier-Bresson’s most memorable photographs. Includes images from the exhibit on Cartier-Bresson, a biography, and additional primary and secondary resources.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Arago: People, Postage, and the Post
Website with resources on philately and postal operations offers tools for searching the Postal Museum’s collections, creating virtual collections with notes, and viewing exhibits.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Art and Life of William H. Johnson: A Guide for Teachers
This lesson looks at Johnson’s paintings in the context American history, addressing his life in Harlem and his works about the Underground Railroad.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Artists and Environmental Sustainability: Video Art, Ecology and the Work of Paul Ryan
Webinar in which Smithsonian archivist Charles Duncan discusses the emergence of video as a medium and how it has been used by such environmentally minded artists as Paul Ryan.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Frontier Photographer: Edward Curtis
Online exhibition on the photos of frontier photographer Edward Curtis. His work was an attempt to capture images of American Indians as they lived before contact with Anglo cultures. Includes biographic details, images, and accompanying primary document quotes.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): General audience
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