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Art & Culture Sort

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Design +4 Age Levels Primary (5 to 8 years old), Elementary (9 to 12 years old)

First, sort the images by type of art/artist. Teacher should make index card headings for the following categories: Painting/Painter, Textile/Weaver, Clothing/Fashion Designer, Architecture/Architect, Prints/Printmaker, Sculpture/Sculptor, Functional Ceramics/Potter or Ceramist. Sometimes an image may cross categories (painting of a house might be categorized in architecture or painting); either answer would be acceptable if the student can justify why.

Second, make an educated guess about culture represented in selected images. Students can "guess and check" with teacher. Online research option: students work in pairs to access this collection and click on the info button for an image to learn about the maker, time period, and culture. They can record their findings to help answer the reflection questions below.

After the sorting activities, ask students to choose an image and answer: Why is/was this object of value (or useful)? How do you think it expresses something important to the people of that culture?

Mola

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

The Royal Family

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Cheaper by the Dozen

National Portrait Gallery

The Circus

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Abstraction

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Robe

National Museum of African Art

Cat & I

National Portrait Gallery

House Model

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

House model

National Museum of the American Indian

Ryder's House

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Animal-shaped vessel

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Ram Pot

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Lime-paste pot with lid

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Ritual container-lamp (vilakku) or sprouting seed pot

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Rhyton in the shape of a bull's head

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Russell Hamilton Postcard and Photograph Collection, circa 1895-1909

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

View of Wan-Li-Chang-Cheng, Great Wall n.d

National Anthropological Archives

Empire State Building [picture postcard]

Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Composition

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Denim Jeans

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Rug loom model

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Outdoor Girl--Head

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bogolanfini woman's wrapper

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Men wearing Fulani-style hats, Goundam, Mali, [slide]

Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives

Bicycling, (sculpture)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Shadow Glen Estates: Children, (sculpture)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Great South Bay Beach, (painting)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums