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Maloof on Maloof
Online exhibition celebrating the life and work of Sam Maloof, America’s most widely admired contemporary furniture craftsman. Relates his story through images and his own words.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Masters of the Building Arts—Activity Guide
Activity guide explores the artistry and skill of master craft workers in the building trades and their important contributions to our architectural heritage. Features hands-on activities. User-friendly, student-oriented materials. Downloadable.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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My Building, My Community
In this lesson plan, students explore the community outside their classroom walls. They take photos of buildings in the neighborhood and re-create a building using geometric shapes.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Nagayati: Arts and Architecture among the Gabra Nomads of Kenya
This video presents the arts and architecture of the Gabra nomads in northern Kenya, focusing on the roles of women as designers, builders, owners, and users. Available for a three-week loan at no charge.
Provider: National Museum of African Art
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Grade(s): General audience
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Navy Sail Design
Lesson plan investigating sailboat design and the ways that the shape of a sail affect movement. The lesson introduces triangle trigonometry as students design and decorate their own sailboats.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Our Geometric World
Activity in which students come to understand architectural applications of geometry by observing geometry in their community and by designing a building using geometric patterns, shapes, and lines.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Panoramas: The North American Landscape in Art
Online exhibition celebrating the diverse landscapes of the United States, Canada, and Mexico, and comparing the historical outlooks of the three countries through a variety of visuals and activities.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Prove Them Wrong!
Teacher-created lesson in which high-schoolers prove wrong the stereotype that teens are only interested in appearances. The students design an addition to the school that is practical as well as attractive.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Put Your Best Façade Forward—Lesson 1
Lesson in which students are introduced to the applied art of architecture and how it communicates messages about the people in the community who use that building.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Put Your Best Façade Forward—Lesson 2
Activity in which students analyze the design of their school's façade for hints of the building's purpose in order to redesign the façade to better reflect this purpose.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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