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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 The written selections include poems, speeches, and other historical documents.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
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Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)
Author:
VMFA Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Date Added:
01/29/2020
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
Consider the Source: Humanity, Habitat, and Creativity - Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
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Artists across all times and places take advantage of local materials and resources to craft their work. At the same time, the local habitat influences and inspires artistic decisions. Broken into six thematic lenses, this collection of objects lets students use art to expand their own thinking about the complex relationship humans have with the natural world. What ideas about humanity, habitat, and creativity do these objects spark for them?

A focus object is featured for each thematic lens and is followed by other objects for extended thinking and consideration. As students investigate, encourage them to document their thinking by using the prompts and strategies provided.

Subject:
Cross-Curricular
Humanities
Visual Art
History/Social Sciences
American History
Geography
World History
Earth Resources
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Activity/Lab
Assessment
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)
Author:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Date Added:
12/04/2019
Explore and Create Your Own Expressive Pattern - Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
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A Visual Arts Activity Inspired by Works of Art from the VMFA Collection

Cultures all over the world create decorative patterns, perhaps inspired by the enduring patterns humans see in the natural world that surrounds us, from the cycle of the seasons to the pattern of the stars in the heavens. These hands-on activities, which can be adapted for a number of grade and ability levels, introduce repeating and alternating patterns, as well as the concept of a visual motif.

Subject:
Visual Art
Patterns, Functions, and Algebra
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)
Author:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Date Added:
03/25/2020
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.

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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:
02/13/2020
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
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
Leadership - Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
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What does leadership look like? Explore VMFA’s African Art collection to see how different cultures define and visualize the qualities of a leader. This resource brings together selected works from VMFA’s collections that relate to the theme of Leadership in African Art. Suggested inquiry-based activities are paired with each object and can be used in the galleries or classroom to promote discovery, critical thinking, and authentic engagement with art.

Subject:
Humanities
Fine Arts
Visual Art
Social Sciences
World History
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Visual Media
Provider:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)
Author:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Date Added:
10/30/2019
Lesson Concept: Why Look At Art? - Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
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Students practice engaging with art, making meaning from that interaction, and considering how art can connect us to people and ideas across time and place. Use this before a museum visit to set the stage for a rich in-gallery experience that is inquiry-based.

Structure this simple activity in a way that makes sense for your class. Make a game of it, use written responses to augment discussion, frame it in the lens of your academic discipline, etc.

This simple, scaffolded discussion activity fosters creative and critical thinking and communication skills. Citizenship skills are encouraged as well: making personal connections with art, students are invited to extending these ideas by considering the common and divergent values of the whole group.

Subject:
Humanities
Communication and Multimodal Literacy
Visual Art
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)
Author:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Date Added:
07/02/2019
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:
01/29/2020
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
Sketching to Learn: Hand and Voice - Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
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Use artworks as a laboratory for communication skills across the curriculum! This activity fosters meta-cognition by challenging students to gather and communicate crucial information. It also encourages close observation, problem-solving, synthesizing, critical thinking, and collaboration.

Subject:
Dual Immersion (Languages)
Humanities
Marketing
English
Communication and Multimodal Literacy
ESL
Bilingual Education
English Language Development (ELD)
Fine Arts
Visual Art
Mathematics
Measurement and Geometry
Communication Skills
World Languages
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Visual Media
Provider:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)
Author:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Date Added:
01/24/2020
Trans-Regional Exchange - Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
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Trans-regional exchange through routes such as the Silk Road across Asia to the Mediterranean basin, maritime routes across the Mediterranean Sea, the Indian Ocean, and Trans-Saharan routes across North Africa allowed groups of people to exchange goods, knowledge, and ideas. Conflict and cooperation, economic pressures and political alliances, as well as conquest, migration, and trade have all resulted in rich cultural interchange. Use this resource set to explore how art can illustrate various ways in which technologies, forms, images, symbols, beliefs and concepts are adopted, adapted, and/or reinterpreted by communities across the globe until 1500.

Ten works of art from Virginia Museum of Fine Arts are presented with contextual information. Suggested inquiry-based activities paired with each object can be used in the galleries or classroom to promote discovery, critical thinking, and authentic engagement with art.

Subject:
Visual Art
World History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Student Guide
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)
Author:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Date Added:
10/10/2019
Unlikely Pairings: Conversations through Art - Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
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Use this resource to help students explore the human experience across time and place, give voice to diverse perspectives found in art, and collaboratively reimagine a museum that presents a new story centered around our shared human interactions.

Subject:
Humanities
Communication and Multimodal Literacy
Visual Art
History/Social Sciences
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)
Author:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Date Added:
10/10/2019
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
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