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Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art Classroom Resources & Lesson Plans


found in: arts; social studies; preK-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-12

The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art provides a collection of K-12 cross-curricular Classroom Resources & Lesson Plans  tied to the museum’s collection. Click on a the lesson title to get a PDF of the lesson and the image thumbnail to download a larger printable image. The lessons are aligned to ELA and art standards.

Draw My World ( PDF, 1.8 MB, 9 pgs.) Students (K-5) explore whether art can help us see the world from another’s perspective after viewing and analyzing Garden of Music, a 1960 painting by Bob Thompson. Students then work in pairs to create art that attempts to reflect the world from their partner’s point of view. The lesson links to related images and suggests activities and picture books.

Can Girls Do That?  ( PDF, 3 MB, 16 pgs.) Students (3-5) explore art that uses gender stereotypes and examples of art that break those stereotypes, such as Norman Rockwell’s painnting The Young Lady with the Shiner. They then create portraits that show that stereotypes are not always fitting.

Art in a New Age ( PDF, 1 MB, 5 pgs.) Students (7-12) examine Retroactive I, a collage by Robert Rauschenberg that uses contemporary imagery from the early 1960s. They then create their own collages using present day images.

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