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What is art?

This collection is connected to an introductory lesson for my Humanities 2 class, which looks at art, music, philosophy, dance, architecture, and other disciplines from the Baroque period through the present. Because much of the art of this time challenged the establishment, I want to start the course by asking students to think about what art is in their opinions and from culture's perspective.
Michelle O'Brien
7
 

Access Series: Great Face! Portraits and Photo Composition

Taking a great portrait is more than just taking a quick snap of a face. It requires thoughtful contemplation and a variety of choices by the photographer. This is a collection of photographs that illustrate various principles of portrait photography: angles (eye-level, high angle, low angle, and bird's eye), light and shadow, framing, and shot length (long-shot, medium-shot, close-up, & extreme close-up); As well as mood--capturing a feeling or emotion in a photograph; scale--how big or small subjects look; and sense of place--capturing the feeling of a place. Click into each photo and on the "paper clip" annotation icon to read more information and complete challenges.

Tags: portrait photography, decision-making, self-determination, student empowerment, disability, All Access Digital Arts Program

Tracie Spinale
56
 

Building Bridges: Living in a Diverse Society

This 1983 issue of Art to Zoo includes lessons and activities that explore prejudice and related issues.

Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
2
 

Celebrating the Smithsonian's Birthday

This 1986 issue of Art to Zoo commemorated the Smithsonian Institution's 150th
birthday. Students exercise writing skills as they discuss what they personally collect
and as they observe and describe selected objects from the Smithsonian museums
and discuss what they personally collect.  Click the PDF icon to download.

Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
5
 

"Hello, America!" Radio Broadcasting in the Years Before Television

This 1986 issue of Art to Zoo introduces the Golden Age of Radio. Students
write and produce their own radio shows and perform them for the class.
Click the PDF icon to download.

Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
5
 

You Might Remember This Movie Quiz Question #9

These still pictures remind me of a motion picture. Which one? Click the question mark and take the quiz to see. Click each question to enlarge. Click the last box for the answer.


Smithsonian Movie Quiz
5
 

The Smithsonian in World War I

Across the nation, public institutions like museums, universities, and government facilities showed the impact of World War One. Not only did private individuals find their lives changed by enlisting to fight or taking on new "war work," but buildings and public spaces also changed by shifting over to the war cause. This collection reveals how life at the Smithsonian Institution changed in order to support the war effort from 1914-1918 through artifacts and archival materials.

Questions to consider:

-How do Americans sacrifice during wartime? Has it changed over time?

-How did the Smithsonian Institution and its employees adapt during wartime?

-What does the experience chronicled here tell us about that of other Americans? What is still missing?

Tags: WWI, World War One, homefront, war work, Smithsonian, museum

Kate Harris
17
 

Artifacts from the Battlefield: WWI

This is a collection of artifacts from World War I, including photographs, uniforms, and some surprising contributors. Students will watch a video to observe how a curator connects an object (in this case a woman's AFFW uniform) to the person who used it, and then choose three objects from the collection to study before sharing findings with other classmates. Students should think about the guiding questions below as they investigate the objects in the collection.

Guiding questions:
How was World War I different from wars that came before?
What impact did technology have on the war?
What kinds of threats did soldiers face during World War I?
How did soldiers find comfort during World War I?
How might the experience of World War I have influenced the culture and politics of the years following it?
Kate Harris
14
 

WWI Propaganda

This student activity includes a variety of types of propaganda related to World War I. The United States government took great action when it came to World War I—they helped organize workers, recruit military members, and regulate the economy so that American could have a successful impact on the war. The Committee of Public Information formed by George Creel and other propaganda-producers used advertising techniques from businesses to make appeals to the average citizen and encourage them to make a difference. This assignment will ask you to connect each piece of propaganda to one of four major goals of the U.S. government during the war and to analyze a few specific pieces for author, audience, purpose, and even the medium/form.

Essential questions include:

  • What are the four main goals of the government during World War I?
  • Why and how did propaganda creators target specific audiences with their messages?
  • What are the effects of changing the medium or form of propaganda on how it might be received?

Tags: World War I, WWI, selective service, draft, liberty bonds, propaganda, music, Uncle Sam, persuasive writing, cause effect

Kate Harris
14
 

You Might Remember This Movie Quiz #8

These still pictures remind me of a motion picture. Which one? Click the question mark and take the quiz to see. Click each question to enlarge. Click the last box for the answer.

Smithsonian Movie Quiz
7
 

You Might Remember This Movie Quiz Question #10

These still pictures remind me of a motion picture. Which one? Click the question mark and take the quiz to see. Click each question to enlarge.

Smithsonian Movie Quiz
7
 

Tool Kit

This collection is for use in my Humanities 1 course to give students a "Tool Kit" for "reading" artistic texts.
Michelle O'Brien
5
 

You Might Remember This Movie Quiz Question #12

These still pictures remind me of a motion picture. Which one? Click the question mark and take the quiz to see. Click each question to enlarge.

Smithsonian Movie Quiz
8
 

You Might Remember This Movie Quiz Question #7

These still pictures remind me of a motion picture. Which one? Click the question mark and take the quiz to see.

Smithsonian Movie Quiz
5
 

BreakoutEDU Clue

Utilize the primary source items in this collection to help to figure out how to access your BreakoutEDU Box
Joseph Welch
19
 

What was Connecticut’s role in the American Revolution?

This collection of artifacts reflect Connecticut in the American Revolution. #C3Framework #TeachingInquiry
Laura Krenicki
14
 

I Am a Man--We Are Human

This collection traces how a powerful phrase and its variations have been adopted by different voices in United States history.

Questions to consider:
-How is the phrase (and/or design of the original poster) used? How do the changes and adaptations it has undergone reflect different time periods and issues in United States history?
-Why has the phrase "I am a Man" had such staying power? Alternately, why has "We Are Human" been adopted?
-How do the above phrases reflect or reject concepts like "separateness," "personal identity," or "inclusion"?
-Why do you think many artists are drawn to the phrase and design? Do you think the artists expect viewers to recognize the influence of the original work? Why or why not?
-Why is the verb underlined? How would it change if another word were emphasized?
-What other examples could be included in this collection? This collection focuses primarily on visual interpretations of the phrase. Can you think of literary or pop culture examples?

Tags: Ernest Withers, Dread Scott, Ferguson, Abolition, Sojourner Truth, Memphis, sanitation workers, immigration reform, refugee crisis, Hank Willis Thomas, protest, sign, placard, broadside, civil rights
Kate Harris
9
 

You Might Remember This Movie Quiz Question #6

These still pictures remind me of a motion picture. Which one? Click the question mark and take the quiz to see. Click each question to enlarge.

Smithsonian Movie Quiz
7
 

The Four Freedoms

The "Four Freedoms" speech, as the 1941 State of the Union address came to be known, were goals outlined by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on January 6, 1941 to Congress and the American people. He proposed four fundamental freedoms that people everywhere in the world should enjoy and described the "unprecedented" threat that Nazi domination of Europe presented to the security of the United States. This Learning Lab collection includes four Norman Rockwell paintings, alongside a portrait of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and a stamp with this iconic phrase. An audio excerpt of the speech is available via the National Archives and included here.
Ashley Naranjo
11
 

The Civil War in Illinois

Artifacts related to Illinois soldiers and regiments
Janis Michael
3
 

AQWF

at the front away from the front to the front
Suzanne Micallef
28
 

The Art of West Virginia

Art and photography of the Mountain State
Pamela Curtin
45
 

The Soviet Sputnik Satellite

Take a look at these resources that recall the development and launch of the Sputnik Satellite by the Soviet Union, and the start of the "Space Race" around the world!
Stephanie Hearn
11
 

Six Degrees of Separation: An APUSH Review Activity

Use this collection as a starting point for an AP United States History review activity that emphasizes connections and cause-and-effect. Students will copy the collection and add in four resources that form a chain of connection from one item to another (ending with six resources total). For each resource, they should add an annotation describing each of the events or items included, analyzing any important details in the resources themselves, and explaining how each connects to the next one.
Kate Harris
2
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