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Evocative Memories

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Visual Arts Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old)

Memories can evoke strong feelings and  inspire artists to tell stories in their art. Look at a selected image with a partner or table group and discuss:

  • What is the story?
  • How do you think the person or people feel about this experience?
  • What do you see that makes you think they feel that way?
  • Have you ever had the same feeling?

Untitled (Two Children Playing Checkers)

Smithsonian American Art Museum

50c Freedom From Fear single

National Postal Museum

The Girl I Left Behind Me

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Mrs. Hawkins [birthday party : acetate film photonegative, ca. 1945]

Archives Center, National Museum of American History

The Happy Mother

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Happy Day

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Beach Scene

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Sunlight and Shadow

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Freedom from Want

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Christmas

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Miami Beach

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Picnic

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden