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Body Language

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Visual Arts +1 Age Levels Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)
  • How does a person's gaze, stance or the way they use their hands communicate a mood or feeling?
  • In artworks depicting two or more people, how are they interacting? What does that say about their relationship to each other?


Portrait of Mnonja

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Rembrandt in cap, open mouthed

National Museum of American History

Bust of a Working Woman with Blue Shawl

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Helen Merrell Lynd

National Portrait Gallery

Gregory Hines

National Portrait Gallery

Maya Lin 1:5

National Portrait Gallery

The Agitator

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

August Late Afternoon

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Mother wih Child in Her Arms

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

No Title Given: Two Figures in an Embrace [drawing] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Pioneer Family (Dressed)

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Ada and Vincent in the Car

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Sailor's Home

Smithsonian American Art Museum