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African American Dreams: Visual and Verbal
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This resource pairs visual and written primary resources. The works of art with have been chosen from the American Art collection at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The written selections include poems, speeches, and other historical documents.
Combining images with words provides students with multiple learning pathways for explorations of art, history, and language.

Subject:
Reading
Visual Art
American History
Material Type:
Primary Source
Reading
Visual Media
Provider:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)
Author:
VMFA Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Date Added:
10/05/2020
Artistry and Geometry: Josef Albers
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"I prefer to think that we arrive at insight by experience..."-Josef Albers Examining art with a mathematical lens can help students articulate how they see and understand spatial and numerical relationships. Use this resoure to explore prints by artist and teacher Josef Albers to help students expand their understanding of geometric concepts such as parallel lines, congruent angles, rectangular prisms and more.The resource includes: Short introduction to Albers and his ideas.Examples of Albers works for examination. Suggested open-ended activity for further exploration Discussion prompts This activity can be structured as introductory exploration or informal formative evaluation. Use student ideas generated as a reference and springboard for more formal instruction and problem-solving.   

Subject:
Visual Art
Measurement and Geometry
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
VMFA Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Date Added:
08/06/2019
Explore and Make Cyanotype Photograms
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This resource provides an inquiry-based exploration of the cyanotype photograms using examples from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and video explanations of the history, science, and artistic process of cyanotype photograms.

Subject:
STEM/STEAM
Visual Art
Living Systems and Processes
Material Type:
Interactive
Visual Media
Provider:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)
Author:
VMFA Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Date Added:
10/05/2020
Explore the Life and Work of Louis Draper, Photographer and Virginian
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This resource presents a variety of digital resources hosted by Virginia Museum of Fine Arts that students can use to explore the life and work of renowned African-American photographer Louis Draper.  

Subject:
Research
Visual Art
History/Social Sciences
American History
Social Sciences
Virginia History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Visual Media
Author:
VMFA Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Date Added:
02/07/2020
Interactive Exercise: Thought Ladder - Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
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Spending time with a work of art can be an opportunity for thoughtful inquiry and ideation. For students, documenting their ideas as they work to interpret an artwork offers the chance to exercise metacognition. With this interactive exercise featuring an artwork from the Mughal Empire, students can gain insight into how they process information and formulate ideas. This activity is good practice for formulating research questions and synthesizing ideas.

Subject:
Cross-Curricular
Humanities
Research
Visual Art
World History
Material Type:
Interactive
Provider:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)
Author:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Date Added:
09/04/2020
Jamestown and Beyond: The World of 1607 - Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
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Explore twelve compelling works of art that illustrate and illuminate the world of 1607 and the legacy of Jamestown. Some were created by European, African, Asian, and South American cultures around the time that Jamestown was struggling to survive. Others were produced in the centuries that followed as artists drew from fact, legend—and sometimes their imaginations—to depict life in and around the Jamestown colony.

Subject:
Reading
Visual Art
History/Social Sciences
American History
Virginia History
Material Type:
Student Guide
Provider:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)
Author:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Date Added:
10/10/2019
Math and Art with Sol LeWitt's Sculpture: "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6"
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Using the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts website, students explore the sculptural work of 20th Century Conceptual artist Sol LeWitt to expand their understanding of geometric concepts, creatively play with mathematical ideas, and be inspired to make art of their own.

The website page provides a scaffolded approach to exploring Sol LeWitt's sculpture titled "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6." culminating in a challenge for students to build a 3-D Tinkercad model of a geometry concept of their own choosing.

Subject:
Cross-Curricular
STEM/STEAM
Visual Art
Computation and Estimation
Measurement and Geometry
Number and Number Sense
Patterns, Functions, and Algebra
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Visual Media
Provider:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)
Author:
VMFA Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Date Added:
10/05/2020
Narrative Art: What's Your Story?
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Shared narratives can be found in art from many cultures and throughout time. Use this resource to encourage students to explore diverse narratives, discover their own personal narrative, and express that narrative through their own work of art.Using provided engagment strategies students are able to hone Critical, Creative, and Communication skills using works of art in the Virginia Museum of Arts collection. Discussion prompts and activities offer instructional oppotunities for building Collaboration and Citizenship skills. 

Subject:
Communication and Multimodal Literacy
Writing
Visual Art
American History
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
VMFA Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Date Added:
07/26/2019
SIFTing and Seeing: An Approach to Looking at Art
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Why look at art? Art is one way humans communicate ideas to one another. Sifting through the information art presents takes careful and purposeful looking. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has a resource that can foster close-looking and thoughtful analysis of artworks from any period or culture. Use this resource (see link) to practice looking at art before a visit to the art museum or to document thinking about art as a primary source of insight into a culture or time period. Included in this resource are: a) Works of art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and a link to find more.b) Simple framework and prompts to help students document their analysis and thinking. c) Discussion prompts.  

Subject:
Humanities
Communication and Multimodal Literacy
Visual Art
History/Social Sciences
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
VMFA Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Date Added:
08/06/2019
Wealth & Trade - Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
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Africa is a continent rich in natural resources that gave rise to many wealthy empires. Metal, salt, and gold, as well as products such as beads and textiles, traveled many miles over vast trade routes. Use this resource to explore African Art and find out more about prosperous cultures in Africa!

Subject:
Visual Art
History/Social Sciences
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)
Author:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Date Added:
10/30/2019
What's the Big Idea? - Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
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Artists throughout time have come to their work with stories to tell, concepts to explore, and puzzles to work out. By looking at works of art with a curious and investigative eye, students may connect with these artistic ideas while exercising creative and critical thinking skills. This resource pairs objects from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts collection with simple engagement activities to help students thoughtfully consider and unpack the big ideas each artwork presents.

Subject:
Cross-Curricular
Humanities
Communication and Multimodal Literacy
Research
Visual Art
History/Social Sciences
Measurement and Geometry
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)
Author:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Date Added:
03/27/2020
World History 1: Egypt - Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
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Ready, Set, EXPLORE! Use this guide to lead students on an exploration of ancient Egyptian culture! Six works of art are presented with contextual information and suggested activities to spark inquiry-based exploration of each object.

Subject:
Visual Art
World History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Student Guide
Provider:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)
Author:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Date Added:
10/10/2019