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Please Do Touch the Paintings: Hands-on Art Projects from NMAAHC (Landscape)

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Earth and Space Sciences +3 Age Levels Primary (5 to 8 years old), Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old)

This Learning Lab from the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) will explore the landscape painting through Grafton Tyler Brown's piece View of Lake Okanagan (1889). 

Landscape provides an avenue for exploration and observation unlike any other genre of visual art. Studying landscape can be a great introduction to close looking and appreciation of natural lands for young minds. 

Visitors to this Learning Lab collection will have the opportunity  to learn more about nineteenth-century painter, Grafton Tyler Brown, and his approach to landscape painting while trying their hand at their own landscape! The questions, prompts, and information provided in this Learning Lab will help students develop their ability to follow instructions and hone their skills in drawing, observation, and creative expression. 

The guiding questions of this Learning Lab are

  • What is landscape painting?
  • How can artists express themselves and tell stories through landscape?
  • What can we learn about landscape painting as an art though making our own landscapes?
  • How do Americans engage with nature?

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