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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
Digital Images, Advertising, and the Influences on Art
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 Objectives: Students will be able to identify hidden images in visual media. Students will identify themes in images.Students will identify supportive evidence in images.Students will identify if the image is a fact or opinion, persuasive, or informational. Students will be able to identify encoded messages in visual images. Students will be able to identify a creative practice to reflect on hidden meanings in visual images.

Subject:
Cross-Curricular
Material Type:
Lesson
Author:
Jamie Marquitz
Jessica Brown
Candice Anthony-Cazenave
Amy Erb
Date Added:
12/23/2020
Egypt: Interactive Exploration - Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
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Who were the ancient Egyptians? Explore objects from ancient Egypt to discover how the Egyptians lived and what they believed in this Interactive Exploration featuring works of art from the VMFA's collection.

This resource consists of background information on Egyptian geography and climate, Egyptian life and society, role of the pharaoh, the purposes of ancient art, the role of scribes, hieroglyphics, the afterlife and mummification, Nubia (Egypt's southern neighbor), comparisons/contrasts to art from other parts of Africa, and a discussion on the legacy of Egyptian art (Egyptomania).

Woven throughout the informational narrative are several different types of looking, thinking and learning activities, all of which call on students' observation and critical thinking skills as they closely examine selected art and artifacts. Reflection questions that encourage deep thinking are featured, along with clickable popups on images that further explain Egyptian art and society. Activities like "Look At This," "What's the Story," "Be the Scribe," will bring student engagement, reflection, and critical and creative thinking to any ancient Egypt lesson!

Subject:
Fine Arts
Visual Art
History/Social Sciences
World History
Material Type:
Interactive
Provider:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)
Author:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Date Added:
01/22/2021
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
Greece: Interactive Exploration - Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
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Who were the Ancient Greeks? Explore more about the Ancient Greeks and what they valued as a society in this Interactive Exploration.

This resource consists of two different types of looking, thinking and learning activities. These activities call on students' observation and critical thinking skills as they closely examine selected objects from Ancient Greece. The activities explore the themes of mythology, religion, sport, and trade.

The "Look at This" activities provide close-up views with guiding questions and background information. Students will learn more about what the ancient Greeks valued as a society.

The "Surprise Me" activities offer pop-up hot spots on selected objects to reveal intriguing information about Greek religion, gods, goddesses, trade, sport and mythology. Students will investigate how these objects relate to Greek religion and human need for protection from harm and healing from disease and injury.

Subject:
Fine Arts
Visual Art
History/Social Sciences
World History
Material Type:
Interactive
Provider:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)
Author:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Date Added:
01/19/2021
Instructional Plan: Music and Emotion Through  Art
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Students will look at the difference between abstract, non-representational, and representational work before creating their own piece of art. The work of art they create will be a depiction of their own emotions while listening to different types (genres) of music. Students will choose from available media and create a work based on their own emotional response to the musical selections.

Subject:
Visual Art
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
VDOE Fine Arts (MM)
VDOE Fine Arts
VDOE Fine Arts (KB)
Date Added:
09/29/2020
Instructional Plan: Portraying Heroes
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Students will learn that artists honor their heroes by creating portraits of them. Students will first brainstorm who is a hero in their life (answers can be specific names, jobs, or even animals). Then students will create a work of art that memorializes the heroic qualities of this important person.

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Visual Art
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
VDOE Fine Arts (MM)
Date Added:
09/29/2020
Interactive Exercise: Before and After - 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 taking time to look at a work of art with a curious and investigative eye, students can activate creative thinking to imagine and expand on the story it presents. Use this interactive exercise to guide students as they examine a work by Roslyn Drexler, creatively document the ideas it presents to them, and consider how their thoughts connect with the artist's own ideas and intentions.

Subject:
Visual Art
American History
Material Type:
Interactive
Provider:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)
Author:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Date Added:
01/13/2021
Interactive Exercise: Be the Artist - Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
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Artworks can offer an opportunity to consider creativity in places and times that may be different from our own. Spending time to look carefully at the form, imagery, texture, and patterns of a work of art can help students consider and become curious about the materials and techniques, artistic conventions, and cultural contexts of unfamiliar objects. Use this interactive exercise to guide students as they examine an Ancient American work of art, document the ideas it presents to them, and consider how their thoughts connect with what we know about the artist's own ideas and intentions.

Subject:
Visual Art
World History
Material Type:
Interactive
Provider:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)
Author:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Date Added:
01/14/2021
Interactive Exercise: Perceive, Know, Care About - Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
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This activity activates prior knowledge while developing insight into historical perspectives. Use this activity to help students broaden their horizons and explore diverse ideas.

Subject:
Visual Art
History/Social Sciences
American History
Material Type:
Interactive
Provider:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)
Author:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Date Added:
01/13/2021
My Name is David Drake: Identity Through Pottery
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Author: Katie Frazier, Museums at W&LStudents will examine a ceramic object made by David Drake (about 1800-about 1870), an enslaved person who lived on a plantation in Edgefield, South Carolina. As an enslaved individual, Drake was denied the basic rights of learning how to read and write. Despite writing being illegal for enslaved people, David Drake was known for writing his name and poetry on the ceramics he made. He wanted to express his feelings about life, religion and his own identity as an enslaved person.  

Subject:
History/Social Sciences
American History
Economics
Social Sciences
Virginia History
Material Type:
Lesson
Author:
#GoOpenVA Administrator
Date Added:
04/15/2021
Rome: Interactive Exploration - Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
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Explore objects from Ancient Rome and discover how Romans portrayed themselves and wished to be remembered. This student-facing resource includes text, images, maps, as well as interactive exercises that call invite students to closely examine authentic objects from Ancient Rome.

The first three activities provide close-up views with guiding questions and background information. What will you learn about the connections between power, status, citizenship, and images in ancient Rome? How do these objects relate to identity and how people are portrayed or remembered? Who is represented and who is not?

The next three investigations offer pop-up hot spots on selected objects to reveal intriguing information about Roman culture, gods, goddesses, and mythology.

How do these objects relate to what the Romans thought was important?

Subject:
Visual Art
Social Sciences
World History
Material Type:
Interactive
Reading
Visual Media
Provider:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)
Author:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Date Added:
10/26/2020
Thematic Explorations: Portraits - Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
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In this Thematic Exploration, students will explore the different ways artists represent individuals in portraits. They will learn to gather clues about the time period in which the portrait was created, the lives of the subjects, and the thoughts of the artists.

Using portraits from the VMFA's collection, students will explore the Who, What, When, Where, and Why of portraiture. Guiding questions are woven throughout the activity, alongside a close examination of seven different portraits from a variety of different eras and cultures. Students are encouraged to observe, interpret, analyze, and reflect thoughtfully in each step. This activity also includes summative reflection questions to wrap up the conversation, as well as an optional "Create Your Own Portrait" activity.

Subject:
Fine Arts
Visual Art
History/Social Sciences
Material Type:
Interactive
Provider:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)
Author:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Date Added:
01/26/2021
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