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Compare and Contrast Looking Strategy: Learning to Look with the National Portrait Gallery

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Social Studies +3 Age Levels Primary (5 to 8 years old), Intermediate (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (12 to 15 years old), Post-Secondary
In this collection, we look at portraiture through the lens of comparing and contrasting two portraits. This looking strategy allows participants to consider similarities and differences between two portraits. Consider using portraits of the same individual at two different point in his or her life, portraits by the same artist, or portraits by different artists of similar subject matter.

Included in this collection are examples of portraits National Portrait Gallery educators have had success with when facilitating the compare and contrast looking strategy while teaching in the galleries: Pocahontas, Shimomura Crossing the Delaware and Washington Crossing the Delaware, Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy, LL Cool J and John D. Rockefeller