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Vanessa Reyes

media round up

Francine Gaelle Kouatchou

Art class collection

yaniv kaufmann

Structure & Function

Learn how animals have external structures that function to support survival and behavior.


Access Series: Animals - Domestic and Wild!

This topical collection of artworks is all about animals—domestic pets, and wild, untamed beasts. Horses, elephants, dinosaurs, zebras, pandas...cats, hogs, frogs, dogs, lions, tigers, and bears; fish and fowl, monkeys that howl - you'll find all of them here. This collections was originally used in a collage art activity (printed out; using paper, glue, and art materials), and as a discussion prompt in an informal learning activity with a group of teens with cognitive disabilities during a summer camp program. Other suggested uses beyond collage and discussion prompts would be a writing exercise, "Which animals have you seen before and where did you see them? If you could have any one of these animals as a pet, which would you choose and why?" Use the visible thinking routine, "See|Think|Wonder" as a starting point for the writing prompt, and the images for inspiration.

Tags: Decision Making, Disabilities, Self-Determination, Self-Efficacy, Student Empowerment, All Access Digital Arts Program

Debra Ray

Audrey Antee

Art Roundup

Sarah Jeyakkodi

Mona lisa decoded

Could the truth about mona lisa be finally revealed.

Keilah Fagan

starry night

this collection will consist of my most favorite art works.

Keilah Fagan

Japanese Internment (June 29, 2017)

This collection was created in conjunction with the National Portrait Gallery’s 2017 Learning to Look Summer Teacher Institute.

TAGS: #NPGteach, portrait, learning to look, National Portrait Gallery

erin waller

Three Ways to Look at Bill Clinton

This collection was created in conjunction with the National Portrait Gallery's 2017 Learning to Look Summer Teacher Institute

david bloom

What do Americans Look Like?

The concept of racial identity and stereotypes is explored through art from different periods in U.S. history. Students explore the question of "What do Americans look like?" The aim of the activity is to demonstrate how early perceptions of American identity have become deeply embedded in the American psyche, and have resulted in racial tensions and conflict that continue to affect our country today. #SAAMteach
Ellen Fisher

American Foundations

#NPGteach  Portraits of Early American Leaders

Elizabeth Corcoran

"What makes someone a Hero?"

This is a collection of heroes / leaders in a variety of areas to help define the notion of "What is a Hero?"


Henry Frick - Two Portraits

In this lesson, students will do a close look at a 1910 double portrait of Henry Frick.  Students should closely examine the portrait using the See-Think-Wonder Learning to Look Strategy.

Students may also use the hotspots to closely examine the portrait and answer the T/F questions about the portrait.

Then, students should watch the video excerpt from the History Channel series The Men Who Built America and decide how this video acts as a portrait of the  turn-of-the-century businessman.

What is the same in the two?

What is different?

To extend the lesson, students may complete the sorting activity.  Have them think about how each image or video portrays the robber barrons.  Is each more negative or positive?Why?

To further extend this lesson, students could also redraw the portrait as a political cartoon from a negative point of view.  They may want to be a resident of Johnstown after the flood or one of the Homestead Strikers.

This collection was created in conjunction with the National Portrait Gallery’s 2017 Learning to Look Summer Teacher Institute.


TAGS: #NPGteach, portrait, learning to look, National Portrait Gallery

Jessica Illingworth

Summer Teacher Institute

Shirley Chisholm's 1972 presidential campaign poster and paraphernalia

This collection was created in conjunction with the National Portrait Gallery's 2017 Learning to Look Summer Teacher Institute.





Timothy Wilson

The Alba Madonna

Found on the National Gallery of Art

Darian Mohammed

Winter's Bone and Creating Empathy for "Otherness" Part 2: Exploring Characterization through Unveiling Stories

Rationale: Midway through watching Winter's Bone, I will ask the students to pause, step back, and imagine the buried histories of the people who live in Ree's world.

The students will use the "Step In, Step Out, Step Back," and "Unveiling Stories" thinking routines to imagine the inner lives of the subjects of the photos (taken from two different photographic portfolios at SAAM: Roger Minick's Ozark Portfolio and Terry Evans Kansas  Documentary Survey portfolio). They can even  assign an identity of a film character to the images: for example, perhaps the young girl holding chickens is pre-teen Merab, or maybe the young boy glancing shyly out of the shadows is young Teardrop.


"Step In, Step Out, Step Back" Directions

1) Choose. Identify a person or agent in the situation.
2) Step-in. Given what you see and know at this time, what do you think this person might experience, feel, believe, or know?
3) Step-out. What else would you like (or need) to learn in order to understand this person's perspective better?
4) Step-back. Given your exploration of this perspective so far, what doyou notice about your own perspective and what it takes to take somebody else's?

Unveiling Stories

The questions to ask include:

  1. What is the story?
  2. What is the human story?
  3. What is the new story?
  4. What is the world story?
  5. What is the untold story?

Wrap Up: After engaging in these thinking dispositions, students are invited to use Sharpie to mark up the images (with words or text) to add this additional information and to capture some of the "hidden" or "obscured" information or factors which might inform these characters' lives.


Winter's Bone and Creating Empathy for "Otherness" Part 1: Place, Beauty and Truth

Rationale: This is an opening activity for a mini-unit in my Film as Dramatic Literature Class, a semester-long senior elective that meets every other day. In the unit, the students explore how  Debra Granik's film Winter's Bone explores the impact of environment, social class,  and gender on the coming of age of a young female protagonist, Ree Dolley (played by Jennifer Lawrence). To help the students empathize with Ree, a young woman who comes from an environment that more privileged viewers may see as ugly, brutal, and -- in the words of one reviewer-- "post apocalyptic"-- I selected several photographs that feature abandoned environments. While many feature urban spaces ,rather than Winter's Bone's more rural setting, they are valuable for the way they all imbue isolation or desolation with beauty and pride.


1) The students will work in groups and each group will receive a print-out of one image to work with.

2) In these groups, the students will engage in the "Beauty and Truth" thinking routine: Where do you see beauty in these spaces? Where do you find truth? Students will use specific evidence from there thinking and make their understanding visible by recording their ideas on post-it notes on the images.

3) We will hang the images in the classroom so that students can re-consider and continue to think about their understandings as the unit proceeds

Outcomes: Hopefully, by deliberately looking for  and reflecting on the beauty in such spaces, students can understand why the young protagonist of the film is so loyal to her struggling community.


Feminist History

This collection was created in conjunction with the National Portrait Gallery's 2017 Learning to look Summer Teacher Institute. The activities, which should take 1 hour over two class days, use two photographs for student visual analysis, as well as a short reading on feminist history, to help students investigate context to further their understanding of characterization, theme, and plot elements in Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale.  A page of teacher notes is included at the end of the collection, outlining suggested uses of the slides.

TAGS: #NPGteach, portrait, learning to look, National Portrait Gallery

Davina Smith

Jean-Michel Basquiat


Phaedra Michelle Byrd

Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor was the first Latina justice appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. This collection was created for the Learning to Look workshop for teachers offered @NPG. The collection is intended to enhance a unit in which students will read excerpts of My Beloved World, the autobiography of Sotomayor, and Facing the Lion, the autobiography of Joseph Lekuton. The students will compare common values in both autobiographies. The activity described in this collection will help students understand Sotomayor as a person and also infer what values she is expressing in portraits.

Mary Ann Zehr

Yahya - ARTT 127

A collection of artworks for my Art Appreciation class

Yahya Saad

John Brown Portraits


Maryann Nugent
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