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George Catlin: Lives of the Plains Indians

Long before the camera went west, artists like George Catlin were preserving the images of the native Americans on the western plains. Catlin's paintings are numerous and divide into two genre: the group activities and portraiture. This learning lab focuses on group activities of many plains indians including hunting, traditional dances, and recreation.

jorjan woodward

George Catlin: Indian Portraiture

During the 1830s, George Catlin and his team produced over five hundred images of native American life on the western plains. Nearly half of his work consisted of exquisite portraits of Indians of many different tribes. Some tribes like the Hidatsa disappeared before any other visual representation of them could be made.

Arthur Glaser


Learning resource collection, which includes an iconic portrait of George Washington, filled with symbols that tell a story about early America and its first leader. Explore the ways that the artist uses symbols in the portrait to tell about the subject’s life, personality, and achievements.
Sara Benis

Geometry in Art

This resources in this collection were for the students of a 4th grade advanced math class studying translations, rotations, and other geometric movements. 

Cynthia Bee

Geometry and Islamic Art

This is a collection of artifacts representing geometric motifs in Islamic art. Students will learn why these complex patterns are so prevalent in Islamic art, practice spotting different types of patterns, and begin to create their own, using just a ruler and a compass. They will also have an opportunity to explore the concept of tessellation using an interactive tool.

tags: geometry, circle, angle, star, mosque, mihrab, tile, Muslim, Islam, religion

Kate Harris

Geometry and Islamic Art

This is a collection of artifacts representing geometric motifs in Islamic art. Students will learn why these complex patterns are so prevalent in Islamic art, practice spotting different types of patterns, and begin to create their own, using just a ruler and a compass. They will also have an opportunity to explore the concept of tessellation using an interactive tool.

tags: geometry, circle, angle, star, mosque, mihrab, tile, Muslim, Islam, religion

Kim Sigle


6th grade Art class studied geodes, broke them open and then did an art piece.

Angela Randall

General Robert E. Lee's Surrender at Appomattox Courthouse

Students will observe and analyze the portrait "The Room in the McLean House, at Appomattox C.H., in which Gen. Lee surrendered to Gen. Grant" by Major & Knapp Lithography Co.
Jennifer McGough

Gender Inequality and Identity: Childe Hassam's Tanagra (The Builders, New York) 1918

This collection includes a multi-day lesson plan built around Childe Hassam's Tanagra (The Builders, New York), 1918, and is designed to explore the effect that gender inequality can have on identity. Lessons are designed for an eleventh-grade, American Studies, Humanities-style course, and the historical context is the Gilded Age and the Women's Suffrage Movement. The plan for this mini-unit includes the analysis of visual, literary, and historical texts, and while it has a historical context, the goal is also to make connections to American life today. The essential question for this mini-unit is this: How can unfair gender norms affect what it feels like to be a human being? Included, you will find a lesson plan as well as digital versions of the artistic, literary, and historical texts needed to execute that plan. #SAAMteach

William Connell

Gender in Art

Let us stop for a minute and think of how gender is portrayed around the world. Women were always seen as the beautiful creatures who mainly relied on their beauty alone to get what they want/need. Men, on the other hand, are the strong tough guys who can take on anything with their incredible strength. The woman stays at home doing housework and cooking, while the man is out there in the world working hard to provide for his family. These are all things we were brought up to believe about the two genders. There is a clear divide between male and female. There always has been and there always will be. However, let's shift our brain to think about how gender is portrayed in different pieces of art. With art, we are able to visually see how each gender is portrayed differently. With nude statues, the males embrace their masculinity and can openly display themselves, while the women are always needing to be more secluded and have items such as cloth covering their more "intimate" parts. Men are also visually depicted as having great strong bodies which shows that they are supposed to be the dominant character, while when a woman poses it's more graceful. These are just a few examples of how the two differ. 

Through this collection we will be looking at various time periods. We will first be looking at Ancient Greek art, observing male and female nude statues, and again, seeing how they are portrayed differently. As mentioned earlier, men were fully nude while women were mildly nude. It was appropriate for women to bare some of their naked body, because women's bodies have always been seen as gracious and beautiful, but for a woman to be fully exposed would be distasteful. This concept is still seen in the modern day, for society has a problem with women showing so much skin and body and will get called derogatory names, while it's totally acceptable for a man to show all he wants. We will also see a little bit as to how men were sometimes held captive by a woman because women were portrayed as very manipulative and acting in the role of being a seductress to get what they wanted from a man with temptation. 

Taking a turn, but not a turn too far away from Ancient Greek art, we will be looking at the Renaissance era. Renaissance means rebirth, and many pieces of art show this. For women, they were shown as a little bit more chubby because in that time, being more voluptuous meant you were wealthy, and wealth was considered very beautiful. Not only wealth, but also fertility. Women are child bearers, they are bringing life into the world, and that is also a beautiful thing. Women were still viewed for their beauty, and men were still viewed for their strength, but they had more of an "athletic intelligent" portrayal. They were still strong and muscular, but they were shown to not only be physically strong, but also intelligent and healthy. The biggest difference from earlier times, though, is that women were starting to be more appreciated. I feel like they were getting more light shone on them and they were displayed with children a lot, and I believe that is to show the beauty of them being able to give life to new beings in the world. 

We'll also be taking a quick glance at a couple pieces of Baroque art in which women were appearing even more powerful and overshadowing men by showing that they could be just as strong as them. With women being so inferior to men in Ancient times, we can see how as times move on, they really want to grab the power from the man and become superior. 

The last collection features works of art that were created during the postmodernism era in the mid-late 20th century. During this time feminist art was a big thing and was becoming more popular. Women artists were becoming more recognized and feminist groups such as the Guerrilla Girls formed to fight things such as sexism and racism in art. Much of the art during this time was geared towards showing what women can do. There was a lot of female empowerment shown in the arts, really breaking that barrier between male and female, showing that a woman can do everything that a man can do. You'll notice that a few of these works are done by feminist activists and were made for the purpose of campaigning for women's rights. A big thing that's different about this collection of art compared to the other two is the fact that they are all geared towards women. The work of art by Winslow Homer is the only one that features a man, and even then, the man is not the important subject of it; the woman is. This is because during this era, again, feminism was booming. 

This collection is great for people who are interested in the subject of gender portrayals and how men and women are perceived differently. It is an interesting learning aid, because people may only believe that women and men were just treated differently in society, and perhaps didn't know that the divide between male and female was also seen in pieces of art work and in writings. It's also a great representation of what gender was like in Ancient times and how it's changed as the years and centuries progressed. It's amazing to see how, women especially, have went from not having any attention brought to them, to turning into very powerful figures in society. 


Nicole Scopa


Jean-Marie Galing

Future Self Portrait Project


Both a reflective and goal-setting project, the unit culminates in the creation of a future self-portrait. 

In line with college and career readiness, students reflect on goals and dreams for the future. They combine those with a vision--a portrait--of what they will be in 10 years. They will also create an understanding of specific steps that must be taken in order to turn the vision into reality. 

During the 2018-19 school year, stakeholders involved in Andover Public Schools (USD 385) gathered for a series of discussions about what they expect our students to know and who we want them to become by the time they leave our schools with diplomas. This developed into our Portrait of a Graduate, our district’s vision for our students. If your school doesn't have this kind of "portrait", you might add an additional step where students create their own Portrait of a Graduate. 

I use this project at the end of the year after we have practiced journal writing, reflection on academic endeavors, college and career readiness activities, etc. It allows them to dream of the future in a fun and creative way while gaining a broader understanding of how other express themselves, too. 

On the final thumbnail,  I have included the instructions I used for this unit during distance learning in the Spring of 2020. 

Deborah Eades

From Silk Worms to the Silk Road

This is a collection of resources that could be used to support a lesson on the discovery of silk and the impact of the silk road(s). Artifacts include images of silkworms and the silk-making process, websites with information about the luxuries traded on the Silk Road, and video summary.

Possible guiding questions include:
-Why did silk become such an important commodity in China?
-How did the development of the silk trade routes impact both Europe and Asia?
-In what ways do artifacts from Europe and Asia reveal the cultural connections created by the Silk Road?
Kate Harris

From Medieval to Modernism: The Impact of Classical Art & Architecture

This collection is intended to further educate viewers on the architecture and art in the Classical period using multiple resources as well as the Robert & DiYanni text, Arts and Culture, An Introduction to the Humanities (2012).

Throughout this collection readers will get a glimpse of the start of Classical architecture and how it came to be, how art lined the walls of these buildings and how art through architecture was developed. With that, readers will be able to engage and visualize today's architectural structures and how that culture influences today compared to those between the Medieval times to Modernism. They will also have the ability to recognize the true and inner beauty that lies in this architecture, amidst the chaos that regularly occurred there on a day to day basis. The truth will always remain beautiful even when it doesn't seem that way.

This collection is available for those wanting to see the beginnings of the classical art and it's influences from the medieval times up until modernism and will provide a better visual understanding that before the beauty of what architecture is today, there was once beauty at the start of it all and that remains throughout the years, just presented in different forms. 


Candi Tate

From Deer to Dance: How-to Demonstrations and Informational Videos

This collection comes from a family festival at the National Museum of the American Indian that explored uses of leather in Native communities - literally from the hunting and tanning of deer and their hides, to their use in ritual and everyday life. The collection includes demonstrations of deer-hide tanning, moccasin making, bead working, instructions to make a leather pouch and a daisy chain bracelet, and an interview and performance by Lawrence Baker and the White Oak Singers.

Philippa Rappoport

From a Different Point of View

This collection will focus on various perspectives and the viewer will discuss the significances of seeing art at all angles.
Renee Mills

Frankenstein 200 RB copy

Collection on Frankenstein related resources for the 200th anniversary of the publication of the novel by Mary Shelley... as a sandbox for getting me acquainted with SLL and this project...

Rebecca Boggs

Frankenstein 200

Collection on Frankenstein related resources for the 200th anniversary of the publication of the novel by Mary Shelley. 

Joe Phelan

Frank Lloyd Wright

A collection of resources depicting some of the designs of famous American architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
Linda Muller

Found Poems and Social Justice: Using Rosa Parks and other sources to create found poems about social justice

This collection includes portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, websites, links to Smithsonian Magazine articles, and other news articles all relating to issues of social justice. #NPGteach

Jan Rubenstein


Emily Pearce Seigerman

Formats and Processes: Press Prints


This is an assortment of press prints from a larger collection in the Photographic History Collection at the National Museum of American History.  Press prints were distributed from news agencies, such as AP, UPI, Acme, OWI, and the Signal Corp, to newspapers for print publication. Many of the images have paper captions attached or have captions printed on the verso (back of the photograph). The captions may offer image, event, photographer, date, and other information such as when and where the photograph was printed. [Use suggestion, click on the image and follow link to "more info" to see if the verso has been photographed.]

The image content of press prints is wide ranging including breaking news, parades, celebrities, travel photography, crisis reporting, protests and marches, police activity, information distribution, and more.

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Keywords: visual culture, photojournalism, press photography, world events, national history, refugees, victims, honor, award, parade, march, protest, agriculture, industry, farmers, home building, maps, travel photography, portraiture, grief, war photography, horse racing, sports, fans

In the Learning Lab, for head shots and press prints related to entertainment, see Theatre and Movie Stills. There may be additional press prints included in the Learning Lab collection, Protests, Marches, and Reform

NMAH Photographic History Collection

Formats and Processes: Panorama


This is an assortment of photographs and cameras from the Photographic History Collection related to panorama photography.

The Photographic History Collection (PHC) collection of panoramic objects includes about about 150 panoramic photographs and sixty pieces of panoramic-related equipment including cameras and specialized accessories such as film holders, printing frames, tripods, gear sets, lenses, and film.  The collection is organized into four main groups: 1) Patent and prototype panoramic cameras, 2) standard production panoramic cameras, 3) panoramic photographs, and 4) panoramic related material such as patents, letters, presentations, and books

The smallest panorama is on a real photo postcard at about four inches long; the longest panorama is by Robert Weingarten, Guernica, at 120 inches long.

Keywords (subject): landscape, cityscape, bridge, bedroom, architecture, hurricane, disaster, neighborhood, porch, mailboxes, cafe, river, Washington, DC; Paris, France; Guernica, Spain

Keywords (photography): panorama, panoramic, camera, fine art photography, hand-colored photography, gelatin silver print, salt print, real photo postcard,  Pictorialism, documentary photography, aerial photography, architectural photography

See additional Learning Lab collections for photographers Ashley Gilberston, Anne Noggle, and Friedrich von Martens for additional panoramas.

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Photographers included in this Learning Lab collection:

  • Ashley Gilbertson
  • Alfred W. Hoyt
  • Walter J. Hussey
  • Friedrich von Martens
  • Anne Noggle
  • Titian Ramsay Peale
  • Ken Regan
  • Art Sinsabaugh
  • Robert Weingarten

Cameras use by:

  • Frederick Mueller
  • Louie Palu
NMAH Photographic History Collection

Formats and Processes: Cartes-de-visite


This is a selection of cartes-de-visite from the Photographic History Collection.

The sitters and photographers in this Learning Lab collection are well-known, lesser known, and unidentified. There are a number of photographs that are not portraits, including a stereoview of a cartes-de-visite studio.

Learning Lab collections, Seville CDV Collection and Photo Albums contain additional cartes-de-visite.

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Keywords: CDV, carte de visite, cartes de visite, portraiture, studio portrait, collectible photography, celebrity photography

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