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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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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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Grade(s): General audience
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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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Hiroshi Sugimoto: History of History
Online exhibit featuring contemporary Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto discussing how his artwork reflects ancient art in an interview and written description. He muses on contemporary and ancient art, the nature of history, and Japanese religious history.
Provider: Freer and Sackler Galleries
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Music in Poetry: Ballad and Blues Stanzas
Webpage discusses the poetic forms of the traditional English ballad and the blues stanza developed by Langston Hughes during the Harlem Renaissance. Includes music samples and performance videos.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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The Art and Life of William H. Johnson
Students examine works by African American painter William H. Johnson to learn about his milieu as well as his style. This set of lessons is divided into grades K–2, 3–5, 6–8, and 9–12. Younger students list the elements of the pictures, identifying colors and shapes and such objects as farm equipment, crops, and animals. Older students compare Johnson’s work with that of painter Allan Rohan Crite.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): All grades
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Gilbert Stuart
Online exhibition highlighting the life and works of portrait painter Gilbert Stuart. Includes biographic material and a gallery of his works.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Elihu Vedder’s Drawings for the Rubaiyat
Presentation of Elihu Vedder’s illustrations for the Rubaiyat of Omar Khay-lam, which set the standard for the artist-designed book in America and England. Includes background information on the artist.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Paredon Records: Activist Songs and Speeches from 1970-1985
Webpage documents Barbara Dane and Irwin Silber’s mission to promote social and political activism through Paredon Records. Listen to music and spoken-word recordings as you learn about the role of music in political activism in the latter half of the twentieth century.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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