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Smithsonian American Art Museum Education Department

These Smithsonian American Art Museum features contain interactive or media-rich content. Features such as Catlin Classroom, Oh Freedom! and Picturing the 1930s have been created specifically for a K-12 audience. Some web features, such as online exhibitions, contain sections created for educators and students, while other features contain primary sources such as artist interviews.

 


Oh Freedom!

Oh Freedom! Teaching African American Civil Rights Through American Art at the Smithsonian

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screen shot of a slide in the slide show of artworks in the exhibition “1934: A New Deal for Artists.” The image links to the slide show.

1934: A New Deal for Artists
What was the role of art in the Great Depression?

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screen shot of home page of online exhibition “Abbot Handerson Thayer.” The image links to the online exhibition.

Abbott Handerson Thayer
How can allegories in Thayer's paintings help us to better visualize literary concepts? How can hidden images in Thayer's painting help us to identify the scientific properties of camouflage?
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screen shot of home page of Director's Choice Tour of Thomas Hart Benton's “Achelous and Hercules.” The image links to the Director's Choice Tour.

Achelous and Hercules
What does Thomas Hart Benton's 1947 mural for a department store tell us about regionalism in the United States, the taming of the Missouri river, and the Marshall Plan?
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screen shot of home page of online exhibition “American Kaleidoscope.” The image links to the online exhibition.

American Kaleidoscope
How do artists who reflect all kinds of cross-currents in American culture -- spiritual, regional, ethnic, political -- tell us more about an America we recognize and share than about any of the separate groups a particular artist might seem to represent?

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screen shot of home page of online exhibition “American Photographs: The First Century.” The image links to the online exhibition.

American Photographs: The First Century
How were photographs initially used in the 19th Century to chronicle the United States?
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photo of the cover of book “Bottlecaps To Brushes: Art Activities for Kids.” The image links to an online version of the book.

Bottlecaps to Brushes
What can young viewers learn about American art and artists through online tutorials?
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crop of a screen shot of the educational website “Campfire Stories with George Catlin: An Encounter of Two Cultures.” The image links to the website.

Campfire Stories with George Catlin
What happened to Native Americans, their ancestral lands, and the western landscape of the United States during the 1830s?

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screen shot of home page of online exhibition “Cleopatra: Lost and Found.” The image links to the online exhibition.

Cleopatra: Lost and Found
What can happen to a marble statue through inappropriate handling, exposure to the elements, vandalism, and well-intended though unprofessional attempts at restoration?

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screen shot of home page of online exhibition “Between Home and Heaven: Contemporary American Landscape Photography.” The image links to the online exhibition.

Contemporary American Landscape Photography
What effects has contemporary American society had on the environment?
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screen shot of the home page of the educational website “¡del Corazón! Latino Voices in American Art.” The image links to the website.

¡del Corazón! Latino Voices in American Art
How can artists express their experiences through their artwork?

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screen shot of main education page of online exhibition “Eyeing America: The Prints of Robert Cottingham.” The image links to the education portion of the online exhibition.

Eyeing America: The Prints of Robert Cottingham
How can examination of artworks provide insight on the nature of mediated images in advertisements, the news, and on the Internet?

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crop of a screen shot of the Luce Foundation Center Artist Media Archive. The image links to the archive.

Luce Center Media Archive
Locate media files, artist interviews and more from the Luce Center for American Art.


screen shot of home page of online exhibition “Panoramas: The North American Landscape in Art.” The image links to the education portion of the online exhibition.

Panoramas: The North American Landscape in Art
How are we affected by the landscapes we inhabit?

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screen shot of main education page for the online exhibition “Posters American Style.” The image links to the depicted page of the online exhibition.

Posters American Style: An Artist's Perspective
How do poster artist's choices in technique, style, and process change the meaning of the message they are trying to portray?

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screen shot of page providing historical context for the online exhibition “Posters American Style.” The image links to the “Impact of American Culture” page of the online exhibition.

Posters American Style: Impact of American Culture
What can poster images tell us about the social and cultural climate of the United States during the twentieth century?
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crop of a screen shot of home page of online exhibition “Singular Impressions: The Monotype in America.” The image links to the online exhibition.

Singular Impressions: The Monotype in America
How are monotypes created?

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screen shot of a slide in the slide show of artworks in the exhibition “Staged Stories: Renwick Craft Invitational 2009.” The image links to the slide show.

Staged Stories: Renwick Craft Invitational 2009
What can the elements of an artwork tell us about the narrative expressed in it?
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crop of a screen shot of home page of online exhibition “The White House Collection of American Crafts.” The image links to the online exhibition.

The White House Collection of American Crafts
How can the President and First Lady recognize our country's longstanding tradition of craftmaking?

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crop of a screen shot of home page of the educational website “A Journey Through Art With W. H. Johnson.” The image links to the website.

William H. Johnson
How can the work of William H. Johnson help us to understand the Harlem Renaissance, segregation in the Army, the rural South, and the history of civil rights in the United States?
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screen shot of a slide in the slide show of artworks in the exhibition “William H. Johnson's World on Paper.” The image links to the slide show.

William H. Johnson's World on Paper
In what ways were American artists influenced by other cultures and international affairs?

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crop of a screen shot from the online exhibition “Young America: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum.” The image links to the online exhibition.

Young America
In what ways were the American artists of the 19th Century influenced by the hope of their new nation, and their connections with Europe?

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screen shot of the Educators section of the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies website. The image links to the website.

More Smithsonian Resources
Locate more Smithsonian materials.

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