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Visualizing Democracy

This Learning Lab complements the National Portrait Gallery's student program, Visualizing Democracy. 

Students will visualize democracy from the colonial era to the 21st century by analyzing portraits of major figures who played a critical role—as government officials, engaged citizens, or both—in creating a democratic society for the United States. Students will investigate how portraiture can convey democratic ideals and how, as a cultural institution housed in a historic building, the National Portrait Gallery has been and continues to be relevant to American democracy.

#NPGteach

Nicole Vance
95
 

Flights of Fancy Three High Flying Friends

This collection accompanies the Flights of Fancy Story Time Online and has resources to explore the friendship between pioneering pilots Amelia Earhart, Ruth Nichols, and Louise Thaden. 

National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian
17
 

Easy PZ: The 3 Ys (Theme: Environmental Issues)

Each Easy PZ collection includes an artwork or museum object and a recorded webinar demonstrating how to use it to develop students' skills with a Harvard Project Zero thinking routine. Supplementary resources provide context relevant to understanding the featured artwork or object.

This collection models the routine "The 3 Ys" with a museum resource from the National Portrait Gallery to encourage learners to discern the significance of a topic in global, local, and personal contexts.

Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
13
 

Rain or Shine: The US Postal Service

I created this collection for families to do together while schools are closed. I will be making a collection a day while we are out of school. Today we will be exploring the Postal Service. The idea is for families to look at the items in the collection and consider what they see in the objects and paintings, what they think, and what they wonder. Families can also watch a free Brainpop video about the postal service troubles as well as explore videos about how our mail is delivered. Families can learn about a dog that helped deliver the mail. At the end of the collection I have provided a few ideas for families about what to do next.

If you want to learn more about more about See Think Wonder you can click here to see a video of a teacher using the routine in her classroom.

Ellen Rogers
81
 

Latinx Portraiture

Collection created by the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center to accompany Found-Object Portraiture Project. Find images of students work at #macceduportraiture
Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center
38
 

Asian Art at Home: Explore Japanese Art

Let the wonder and the beauty of the museum come to you!  Explore Japanese art with educators from the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery with these three lessons.  Each lesson features guided looking at Japanese art and an art-making component.  Each lesson can stand alone; complete one, two, or all three lessons as time allows.  The content needed for each lesson is divided by an arrow; look to the right of each arrow to view the information you need for each lesson.  The lessons are designed for students in 1st through 5th grades.

Did you give one of these lessons a try?  Tag us using #FreerSackler or @FreerSackler on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter.  Email us at AsiaTeachers@si.edu and we will post your work in the Art Gallery section of this page.

Lesson One: Japan and DC Landscapes

  • Explore the landscapes of Japan! Young learners will see, think, and wonder about Japanese landscape paintings as they think about their favorite landscapes of DC.  After seeing and wondering about the landscapes of Japan, learners will sketch their favorite DC landscape. This lesson will take 30-60 minutes to complete depending on skill level and supplies available at home.  For grades 1st through 4th.  Especially designed for the DCPS 3rd grade spring ELA unit on DC landmarks:  Students learn about various monuments, historical and cultural landmarks, and neighborhoods in Washington, D.C. They deepen their understanding of D.C.’s famous cultural and historical landmarks. 

Lesson Two:  Exploring Japanese Landscapes

  • Young learners will zoom in and explore two works of art by the Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1839).  Learners will be invited to make two sketches:  a symbol to represent themselves and a sketch of their favorite month or season.  This lesson will take 20-60 minutes to complete depending on skill level and supplies available at home.  For grades 1st through 3rd.  Especially designed for the DCPS 1st grade spring ELA unit on symbols:  Students learn about common American symbols [...]. Things and figures can be symbolic and have meaning to people. They make connections to the texts [works of art] by thinking about their values and what symbols best represent them.

Lesson Three:  Make a Mini Japanese Folding Screen

  • Daydream and get crafty!  Learners will create a landscape of their dreams.  After a guided meditation, learners will use collage to create a miniature Japanese folding screen using a cereal box or other items found around the home.  The lesson includes modifications if supplies are limited.  Time needed:  40 minutes - 2 hours, depending on supplies on hand and skill level.  For 1st grade through 5th grade.

Freer and Sackler Galleries
21
 

Smithsonian Social Studies Online: How do maps reflect change and continuity in history? / Smithsonian Estudios Sociales en Línea: ¿Cómo reflejan los mapas cambios y continuidad en la historia?

This collection contains lesson plans and resources from across the Smithsonian to help students critically examine this essential question through multiple Social Studies content areas. 

Esta colección contiene planes de lecciones y recursos de todo el Smithsonian para ayudar a estudiantes a examinar críticamente esta esencial pregunta a través de múltiples areas de contenido en Estudios Sociales.

National Museum of American History
24
 

Crossing the Delaware Collection by Ashley Naranjo

This collection highlights variations on a theme through works of art: George Washington Crossing the Delaware, George Washington Carver Crossing the Delaware and Shimomura Crossing the Delaware. Comparisons of these works could serve as springboards for discussions about identity, immigration, "master" or dominant narratives in history, and hero myths.

“History matters because it has contemporary consequence,” declared historian Jennifer Guiliano, explaining to an audience how stereotypes affect children of all races. “In fact, what psychological studies have found, is when you take a small child out to a game and let them look at racist images for two hours at a time they then begin to have racist thoughts.”

The assistant professor affiliated with American Indian Programs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis went on to explain what that means to parents who have taken their kid for a family-oriented excursion to a sporting event with a racist mascot.

“We’re taking children who are very young, exposing them to racist symbology and then saying ‘But don’t be a racist when you grow up,’” Guiliano says. “This is the irony of sort of how we train and educate children. When we think about these issues of bringing children up, of thinking about the impact of these things, this is why history matters.”

Guiliano was among the speakers at a day-long symposium, “Mascots, Myths, Monuments and Memory,” examining racist mascots, the fate of Confederate statues and the politics of memory. The program was held in Washington, D.C. at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in partnership with the National Museum of the American Indian.

Lonnie Bunch, the founding director of the African American History museum, says this all came about after a conversation with his counterpart Kevin Gover at the American Indian museum. Bunch says he learned that the creation of Confederate monuments and the rise of racist Indian mascots in sporting events occurred during the same period in American history, between the 1890s and 1915. This gathering was one way to help people understand the how and why between that overlap.



#EthnicStudies

Sher Anderson Petty
10
 

Community Murals

These images come from murals that depict people at work.  What jobs do you see them doing? How does each job help the community?

Jean-Marie Galing
10
 

Collisions in Portraiture

Collisions in Portraiture highlights the ways in which artists and sitters use portraiture to reveal what happens when cultures collide. By analyzing portraiture, students will consider how cultural collisions are visualized from the nineteenth to twenty-first centuries. Students will explore the powerful contributions to the history and culture of the United States through portraiture.

Objectives: After completing this lesson, students will be better able to: 

  • Examine how modern and contemporary artists use portraiture to reveal aspects of a sitter’s individual, community/cultural, and national identity. 
  • Identify key components of a portrait and discuss what one can learn about the sitter through these components. 
  • Discuss the artistic choices that portrait artists make and consider how such decisions can reveal the artists’ viewpoints and also influence the viewers’ understanding of the sitters’ identity. 
  • Use the museum’s collection as a gateway to investigating and exploring of the visualization of colliding cultures.

#NPGteach

Keywords

Portraiture, Collisions, Harriet Tubman, Civil War, Stonewall, Roger Shimomura, Chief Joseph, Robert Rauschenberg, United Farm Workers

Nicole Vance
44
 

Smithsonian Social Studies Online: What happens when cultures collide? / Smithsonian Estudios Sociales en Línea: ¿Qué ocurre cuando dos culturas chocan?

This collection contains lesson plans and resources from across the Smithsonian to help students critically examine this essential question through multiple Social Studies content areas. 

Esta colección contiene planes de lecciones y recursos de todo el Smithsonian para ayudar a estudiantes a examinar críticamente esta esencial pregunta a través de múltiples areas de contenido en Estudios Sociales.

National Museum of American History
17
 

Love, Deuce, All, Tennis for the Win!

I created this collection for families to do together while schools are closed. I will be making a collection a day while we are out of school. Today we will be exploring tennis. The idea is for families to look at the items in the collection and consider what they see in the objects and paintings, what they think, and what they wonder. Families can also watch a video about tennis as well as a video about Wimbledon's Greatest Moments. At the end of the collection I have provided a few ideas for families about what to do next.

If you want to learn more about more about See Think Wonder you can click here to see a video of a teacher using the routine in her classroom.

Ellen Rogers
30
 

Art To Go/ Arte en tu casa (Middle School)

Artworks and Activities for Middle School Students Learning at Home. We hope that these artworks can give you a way to get creative, connect with something in the wider world, or just keep your beautiful brain busy. Use the activities in any order. All activities work with all artworks - there’s no wrong way to use this packet.

Obras de arte y actividades para estudiantes de la escuela intermedia que aprenden en casa. Esperamos que estas obras de arte te ayuden a aumentar tu creatividad, a relacionarte con el resto del mundo o, sencillamente, a ocupar tu maravilloso cerebro. No importa el orden en que hagas las actividades. Todas pueden hacerse con cualquiera de las obras de arte: no hay manera de equivocarse cuando usas este conjunto de actividades. 

Elizabeth Dale-Deines
8
 

Smithsonian Social Studies Online: Who are we as a people?

Who are we as a people?  

This collection contains lesson plans and resources from across the Smithsonian to help students critically examine this essential question through multiple Social Studies content areas. 

National Museum of American History
21
 

Smithsonian Social Studies Online: What is my community and how does it fit within the nation?

What is my community and how does it fit within the nation? 

This collection contains lesson plans and resources from across the Smithsonian to help students critically examine this essential question through multiple Social Studies content areas. 

National Museum of American History
21
 

Smithsonian Social Studies Online: How do we form a more perfect union?

How do we form a more perfect union?

This collection contains lesson plans and resources from across the Smithsonian to help students critically examine this essential question through multiple Social Studies content areas. 

National Museum of American History
13
 

Smithsonian Social Studies Online: What is the role of the U.S. in the world? / Smithsonian Estudios Sociales en Línea: ¿Cuál es la responsabilidad de los Estados Unidos de América en el mundo?

What is the role of the United States in the world?  ¿Cuál es la responsabilidad de los Estados Unidos de América en el mundo? 

This collection contains lesson plans and resources from across the Smithsonian to help students critically examine this essential question through multiple Social Studies content areas. 

Esta colección contiene planes de lecciones y recursos de todo el Smithsonian para ayudar a estudiantes a examinar críticamente esta esencial pregunta a través de múltiples areas de contenido en Estudios Sociales.

National Museum of American History
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Smithsonian Social Studies Online: What is our moral obligation during times of crisis? / Smithsonian Estudios Sociales en Línea: ¿Cuál es nuestra obligación moral durante tiempos de crisis?

What is our moral obligation during times of crisis?  ¿Cuál es nuestra obligación moral durante tiempos de crisis?

This collection contains lesson plans and resources from across the Smithsonian to help students critically examine this essential question through multiple Social Studies content areas. 

Esta colección contiene planes de lecciones y recursos de todo el Smithsonian para ayudar a estudiantes a examinar críticamente esta esencial pregunta a través de múltiples areas de contenido en Estudios Sociales.

National Museum of American History
50
 

Smithsonian Social Studies Online: How is power gained, used, justified and revoked? / Smithsonian Estudios Sociales en Línea: Cómo se gana, usa, justifica y revoca el poder?

This collection contains lesson plans and resources from across the Smithsonian to help students critically examine this essential question through multiple Social Studies content areas. 

Esta colección contiene planes de lecciones y recursos de todo el Smithsonian para ayudar a estudiantes a examinar críticamente esta esencial pregunta a través de múltiples areas de contenido en Estudios Sociales.

National Museum of American History
19
 

Smithsonian Social Studies Online: Whose stories do we tell and who gets to tell them? / Smithsonian Estudios Sociales en Línea: ¿Las historias de quienes contamos y quienes las cuentan?

This collection contains lesson plans and resources from across the Smithsonian to help students critically examine this essential question through multiple Social Studies content areas. 

Esta colección contiene planes de lecciones y recursos de todo el Smithsonian para ayudar a estudiantes a examinar críticamente esta esencial pregunta a través de múltiples areas de contenido en Estudios Sociales.

National Museum of American History
20
 

Subject: Popular Music since 1960

#nmahphc

This is a selection of photographs from the Photographic History Collection related to popular music.

For additional images, search collections.si.edu.

Keywords (subject): performer, singer, rock star, rock band, folk music, rap music, pop music, boombox, listening to music, Victor Maymudes, Elvis Impersonator, Woodstock, Altamont

Keywords (photography): album cover, portraiture, color photography, documentary photography, fine art photography, photojournalism, Glen Friendman, Janet Moscasca, Ethan Russell

Performers and bands included in this Learning Lab Collection include:

  • Almas Fronterizas
  • Beatles
  • Chuck Berry
  • Beastie Boys
  • Black Flag
  • Judy Collins
  • David Crosby
  • Clive Davis
  • Bob Dylan
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • Art Garfunkel
  • Bill Graham
  • Arlo Guthrie
  • George Harrison
  • Mick Jagger
  • Janis Joplin and Big Brother Holding Company
  • Jefferson Airplane
  • John Lennon
  • Lovin' Spoonful
  • Paul McCartney
  • Nico
  • Yoko Ono
  • Carl Perkins
  • Purple Haze
  • Otis Redding
  • Lou Reed
  • Keith Richards
  • Rolling Stones
  • Linda Ronstadt
  • Run DMC
  • John Sebastian
  • Frank Sinatra
  • The Byrds
  • The Who

NMAH Photographic History Collection
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Subject: Musical Instruments

#nmahphc

This is a selection of photographs from the Photographic History Collection of people with musical instruments. This Learning Lab collection includes conductors, orchestras and bands. It includes professionals, amateurs, communities, school, and military associations. 

For additional images, search collections.si.edu.

Keywords (subject): guitar, electric guitar, steel guitar, banjo, lute, mandolin, piano, piano forte, saxophone, trumpet, tuba, ukulele, harp, zither, drum, snare drum, drum kit, violin, fiddle, cello, bass, harmonica, squeeze box, harpsichord, dulcimer, clarinet, kazoo, marimba, tambourine, stringed instruments, brass instruments, woodwind instruments, concert, band, orchestra, music, musicians, performers, conductors, soloist, pianist, violinist, fiddler, sheet music, music stand, high school band, military band, all-women band, Taps, famous people, celebrity, folk music, community dance, classical music, entertainment, school performance, musical instruction, practice, performance, art made with musical instruments, musical instrument made with scrap metal, musical instruments depicted in artworks

Keywords (photography): carte-de-visite, cabinet card, press print, portraiture, head shot, advertising, collectible, color carbro, gelatin silver print, fine art photography, documentary photography, snapshot, real photo postcard, stereoview, stereograph, digital photography, translucent composite, tintype, cyanotype, color photography, printing out process

NMAH Photographic History Collection
120
 

#ColorOurCollections at the National Portrait Gallery

This Learning Lab collection has been created to encourage learners of all ages to #ColorOurCollections and engage with our portraits! Each coloring page is followed by the portrait in our collection that the coloring page is based on. We invite you to compare and contrast your creation with our collections! What might you add to your portrait? What colors would you use? What choices did you make that were the same as  the choices the original artist made? What choices did you make that were different?

#NPGteach #myNPG

Caitlin Blake
63
 

Hot Air Balloons

OBJECTIVES:

  • Explore the differences between the positions up and down
  • Imagine what it would look like to float high in the sky
  • Identify the parts of a hot air balloon—basket and envelope 
  • Experiment with hot air balloon design
  • Be inspired to create own fabric design
  • Discover that the flame heats the air causing the balloon to float up

Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center
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