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George Washington: A National Treasure
Comprehensive study of the Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington. Features an interactive guide pointing to the symbolic, biographic, and artistic elements of the painting, a biography of Washington’s life, kids’ activities, teachers’ guides, family tips, and tour details.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): General audience
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Arts of the Islamic World Teacher's Guide
This downloadable guide introduces the Islamic world through art. Includes an overview of Islamic beliefs and holidays; and a look at the art of calligraphy, architectural objects, and everyday objects of trade and culture. Includes lesson plans by grade level and suggestions for additional resources.
Provider: Freer and Sackler Galleries
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Grade(s): All grades
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Navigating the Mekong
Website has visitors click on a map to read journals of young people who journeyed by boat through China, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and Thailand. Includes lessons, regional recipes, and traditional music. Targets grades 6-10.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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1812 Lesson Plans
Four lessons in which students use critical thinking skills to examine, analyze, and compare/contrast artworks to better understand the events of the War of 1812. Lessons include a historical research project that has students create a textbook entry to demonstrate their understanding.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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60-30-10
Lesson in which students investigate how designers use percentages by designing and decorating a room using three different color ratios.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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African American Artists: Education and Equity
Set of lesson ideas based on paintings that depict African Americans in school and library settings. All of the works are from the period following Plessy v. Ferguson.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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African American Artists: Masking Matters
Set of lesson ideas for a study of the art and literature of the Harlem Renaissance. Students create abstract works inspired by poetry and music, and write poems and stories based on paintings.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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African American Artists: My People, Our People
Set of lesson ideas based on an overview of African American history. Students bring artworks into comparison with poetry and music.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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African American Artists: Myth and Modern Society
Set of lesson ideas based on an examination of ways that African American artists have used classical mythology. Students compare paintings to the ancient text, or create their own myths based on an artwork.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Art and the Electromagnetic Spectrum: A Classroom Lesson
Lesson plan from the museum’s Lunder Conservation Center. On each of three “Conservator Challenge Cards,” students find a question: Would you use infrared radiation, ultraviolent radiation, or x-radiation to examine this artwork?
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Build-A-Bird
Lesson on the anatomy of birds and their evolutionary adaptations. Students look at bird art to get a deeper understanding of their anatomy, then consider evolution in order to make connections between physical traits and habitat. Finally they create an imaginary bird in its environment.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Cai Guo-Qiang: Traveler
This online exhibition features two installation works by artist Cai Guo-Qiang, who integrates aspects of Eastern history into contemporary contexts. Includes an interview with the artist.
Provider: Freer and Sackler Galleries
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Civil War Educational Resources: National Portrait Gallery
Lesson plans introduce history through portraiture--specifically, the wartime Abraham Lincoln as seen in photographs, engravings, and a "life mask." A lesson on Lincoln and Walt Whitman brings poetry and music into the mix.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Class of Cards
Lesson about the work of influential designers Charles and Ray Eames. Students create their own playing card with symbols and patterns that represent themselves. Each card becomes part of a class “House of Cards.” Activity introduces the principles of design.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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del Corazón! Latino Voices in American Art
Online exhibition using photographs, videos, and other resources to reveal Latino artists, their works, and how they express universal cultural experiences. Bilingual English/Spanish.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12, General audience
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George Washington: A National Treasure -- Teacher Guide
Teacher's resource guide provides lesson plans; including suggested objectives, procedures, related standards in historical thinking, and worksheets, using Gilbert Stuart's portrait of George Washington to introduce students to the events that shaped Washington’s life.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Instrument of Change: Jim Schoppert
Retrospective exhibition of Tlingit artist Jim Schoppert (1947-1992), one of the most prodigious and influential Alaskan artists. He is known for repurposing Native images to go beyond their original design and purpose. Includes large woodcarvings, masks and poetry.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): General audience
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Logo Design Basics: School ID
In this lesson, students translate verbal ideas into visual images. They create a logo that meets the objectives and needs of a client. Along the way, the learn to differentiate between fine arts and graphic design.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Owney the Dog! A Curriculum Guide for Teachers
Interdisciplinary lessons based on the travels of a dog named Owney who became a mascot for the Railway Mail Service in the 1880s and for the National Postal Museum today. Designed for second-grade classes, it includes lessons for students with special needs in reading, math, and writing.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Rebel Music: A Musical Tour of the Maroon Communities
Focuses on the music of the ex-slave communities in the Americas. Songs reflect the influence of African, Native American, and European music. Includes music samples and videos of performances.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): General audience
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Self-Portrait Poetry
Two lesson plans based on the National Portrait Gallery exhibition, Reflections/Refractions. Students learn how artists describe themselves through self-portraiture and the elements of a portrait that convey a story. Students write a poem or create a self-portrait.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Smithsonian Affiliations
Links to Smithsonian Affiliate museums across the nation. Find out if there is an Affiliate near you.
Provider: Smithsonian Affiliations
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Grade(s): All grades
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Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Webpage of Folkways Recordings. Explore, research, order, and download recordings from the nonprofit record label of the Smithsonian. Includes music from the United States and around the world. Search by album, artist, country, or genre.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): General audience
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Speaking of Pictures: John Quidor’s The Headless Horseman
Roll over this artwork to read excerpts from the famous Halloween tale "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Surface Beauty: American Arts and Freer’s Aesthetic Vision
Teacher's guide with background information on the American Renaissance during the Gilded Age (1870-1900) and student activities. Students focus on two paintings by the American artist Thomas Wilmer Dewing, exploring how Dewing's paintings express his unique aesthetic vision as they also embody the late nineteenth-century idea of the American Renaissance.
Provider: Freer and Sackler Galleries
Grade(s): 9–12
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The Civil War and American Art: Teacher’s Guide
Set of teacher-created lesson plans based on a sesquicentennial exhibition. Includes many ideas for using art to teach American history or vice versa. Might serve as an introduction to using art as a primary source.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Then, Now and Tomorrow
Activity in which students will use photographs to research the history of the New York’s Lower East Side and to predict the future of the neighborhood.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Viewing Device: New Perspective
Teacher-created lesson inspired by a viewing device designed by Albrecht Dürer. Students design their own simple device for viewing perspective.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Women Breaking Musical Barriers: She Isn’t Supposed to Play That
Website traces the history and diversity of women in music through text, video recordings, and audio recordings.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): General audience
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Women of Our Time
Interactive gallery displaying photographs of some of twentieth-century America’s most famous and influential women. Includes audio commentary by the exhibit’s curator and documentary video about the evolution of photographic portraiture.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): General audience
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Big/Small
Online exhibition illustrating how African artists use size and scale—both literally and metaphorically—to communicate ideas.
Provider: National Museum of African Art
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Grade(s): General audience
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ArtLab+
ArtLab+ is a digital media studio that gives Washington, D.C.-area teenagers the opportunity to become integral members of a design team. They create new visitor experiences at the museum, taking their inspiration from its permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. ArtLab+ designers hone crucial twenty-first century skills as they make videos, animations, wikis, games, podcasts, and more. After-school, weekend, and weeklong ArtLab+ workshops are held year-round to accommodate a wide variety of schedules.
Provider: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits
Lesson plan has students study portraits of famous African Americans in history, explain the social and political impact of each portrait sitter, and discuss what it means to take a stand. Targets grades 3-6.
Provider: National Museum of African American History and Culture
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Smithsonian Education Online Conference: Problem Solving with Smithsonian Experts
This archived online conference features live presentations, moderated forums, and demonstrations of how Smithsonian specialists use critical thinking skills to solve problems in their areas of expertise. The website includes session recordings, topic discussions, and related resources. The conference covers four areas of exploration: Understanding the American Experience, Valuing World Cultures, Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe, and Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): General audience
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Doghouses, Doors & Design (PreK-1)
Lesson engaging students in active problem solving as they create a design for a doghouse. Involves work in collaborative groups, exploring numerical problems, and explaining strategy. Targets grades preK-1.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Creativity & Resistance: Maroon Cultures in the Americas
Online exhibition highlighting the history and cultural traditions of Maroons, descendants of Africans who freed themselves from captivity in the Americas. Contains exhibit description, virtual tour, and teaching guides that can be utilized to create lesson plans covering topics relevant to slavery, culture, migration, and language.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Discovery Theater
Website for the Discovery Theater at the S. Dillon Ripley Center on the National Mall includes announcements of live theatrical performances at the Smithsonian for young people and their families. Productions vary from puppet shows and storytelling to dances and original plays. Learning guides complement the performances. Group ticket discounts available.
Provider: The Smithsonian Associates
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Grade(s): General audience
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Gallery Guide: Royal Riches
Gallery guide discussing art and culture in the Ancient Near East, the region from the shores of the Mediterranean Sea to present-day Afghanistan. Includes a history of Near Eastern art and additional resources.
Provider: Freer and Sackler Galleries
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Latino Center Kids Corner
Interactive site for students to learn about prominent Latino figures in a virtual gallery, listen to Latino music, and explore Latin American history and holidays.
Provider: Smithsonian Latino Center
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Totally Cool Toys
Lesson plan exploring the history of toy design that compares “folk art” toys to modern ones. Students design their own toys and present their product to the class.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Ancient Mexican Art
Online exhibit illustrating the cultural and historical continuity of Mexican art from ancient times to the colonial era and the present. Uses pieces from a variety of media. Bilingual English/Spanish.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): General audience
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Art to Zoo: “Blacks in the Westward Movement,” “What Can You Do with a Portrait?” and “Of Beetles, Worms, and Leaves of Grass” (1976)
Premier issue of Art to Zoo, containing three sections: experiences of African Americans in westward expansion, the use of portrait art in the classroom, and the ordinary lawn as a habitat for plants and animals.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Smithsonian in Your Classroom: The Music in Poetry
Lessons introducing students to the rhythms of poetry. The focus in on two poetic forms that originated as forms of song: the ballad stanza, found throughout British and American literature, and the blues stanzas of Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes. Poetry is taken off the page and put into terms of movement, physical space, and, finally, music.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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Color My World
Lesson using the scientific method to explore how to make different colors with paint, then using the paint to create a "Colors of the Season" book.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Pueblo Indian Watercolors
Teacher guide beginning with the history of the Pueblo Indians and using watercolor paintings to highlight aspects of Pueblo culture.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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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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Smithsonian in Your Classroom: Making Friends with Franklin
Lesson plans in which portraits of Benjamin Franklin introduce his writings and scientific experiments. Students do their own writing and conduct their own experiments. In addition, they learn about the international scientific community in which Franklin was a prominent member.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Smithsonian in Your Classroom: Every Picture Tells a Story
Lesson plan that focuses on important steps in the development of photography in the nineteenth century. Students make observations and inferences about historical photos, then use deductive skills to place photographs in a historical context.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Art and Archaeology of Ancient China Teacher's Guide
Teacher's guide introducing important aspects of ancient Chinese art and society. Includes images of objects, background information, lesson plans by teachers, examples of student work, gallery guides, and extensive resource lists. Objects focus on personal adornment, food preparation, ceremonies, writing, industry, and architecture. Teacher's Guide is available in three parts as a PDF file.
Provider: Freer and Sackler Galleries
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Total Package
Lesson plan using the design process to solve a packaging problem. After learning about the environmental and economic impact of product packaging, students gather information about a product with excess packaging, create a new design for it, and generate a report on their design’s environmental friendliness.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Animation Flip Books
Lesson introducing students to basic elements of animation. While learning about the role of design in entertainment from classic cartoons, students create a “bouncing ball” flip book to demonstrate knowledge of sequential motion.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Musical Math-terpiece: The Art of Piet Mondrian
Lesson in which students learn about the jazz-inspired life and art of Piet Mondrian to create their own Mondrian-style paintings. They do internet research, create a computer art piece using grid patterns of repeating shapes, and paint their own music-inspired painting. Examines both geometrical shapes and painting.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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