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Tess Porter

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Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Tess Porter's collections


Dissolution of Native American Territory 1885-1905

This student activity examines what events, including the Dawes Act of 1887, contributed to the change in Native American reservation boundaries over time. Includes a video discussing 19th century views toward Native Americans, maps of reservation territory in 1885, 1895, 1905, and 1965, discussion questions, and an opportunity to learn more using an interactive map.
Tess Porter

Understanding Ancient Civilizations through Artifacts

Resources supporting the April 2016 Google Hangout facilitated by the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in coordination with the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access.
Tess Porter

Compare and Contrast: Personal Perspectives in Portraiture

In this activity, students will explore how portraits reflect both the personality of the subject and the artist's personal view of the subject. They will examine two portraits - both painted by James McNeill Whistler of his patron (and eventually ex-patron) Frederick Richards Leyland. Using looking strategies, students will compare and contrast the artist's perspective of his subject, then will connect the portraits to music as a final activity. This collection was created for the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Arts Professional Development Day. It was created in collaboration with the Education Department at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Tag: Peacock Room
Tess Porter