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Classroom Videoconferences

Artful Connections

Students in Oregon visit the museum via videoconference

Students in Oregon visit the museum via videoconference.

Berrien RESA hosted Teacher's Favorite Awards

Berrien RESA hosted Teacher's Favorite Awards

Visit the Smithsonian American Art Museum without leaving your school! Free of charge, museum docents lead the study of U.S. history and culture using our extensive holdings of American art via real-time videoconferencing. We have already held Artful Connections with teachers and students across the country—from the Garden State to the Golden Gate!

Download our Tips for a Successful Videoconference to make the most out of your virtual tour. To learn more or to schedule a tour, visit the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) and click on "Content Provider Programs." The Smithsonian American Art Museum is listed in the drop down menu. To schedule a videoconference, you must join CILC. See the topics below for tour descriptions and pre- and post-lessons. For more information about the program, email Rebecca Fulcher at FulcherR[at]si.edu or (202) 633-8537.


Artful Connections Tours:


Looking at Art Learning History Celebrating Heritage
To See Is To Think Young America African American Artists
America's Signs & Symbols Lure of the West Latino Art & Culture
Found Object Artwork House Divided: Civil War Native Americans
Contemporary Craft: Clay Works Recognizing Women Artists

 

Looking at Art

detail from Gene Davis' “Raspberry Icicle,” an artwork often used in the “To See Is to Think: Visual Literacy” interactive videoconference

To See Is to Think: Visual Literacy (grades 3+)
Complete To See is To Think Teacher Guide (pdf)
Learn the language of art and consider the many choices artists make when creating art. Suitable for grades 3 -12.
Visit CILC to schedule a videoconference.

 

Part I. To See Is To Think Overview (doc)
Part II. Videoconference Pre-Lesson Grades 1-4 (doc)
Part III. Videoconference Pre-Lesson Grades 5-12 (doc)
Part IV. To See Is To Think Post-Lesson Grades 1-5 (doc)
Part V. To See Is To Think Post-Lesson Grades 6-8 (doc)
Part VI. To See Is To Think Post-Lesson Grades 9-12 (doc)

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detail from Malcah Zeldis' “Miss Liberty Celebration,” an artwork often used in the “America's Signs and Symbols” interactive videoconference

America's Signs and Symbols (grades 3+)
Teacher Guide (pdf)
Familiar icons of America—the Statue of Liberty, the flag, the bald eagle—symbolize the United States both to residents and to others around the world. Artists use these images to communicate their personal ideas and to encourage probing thought on American society. Designed for grades 3 through 12.
Visit CILC to schedule a videoconference.

 

Part I. America's Signs and Symbols Overview (doc)
Part II. Videoconference Pre-Lesson Grades 1-4 (doc)
Part III. Videoconference Pre-Lesson Grades 5-12 (doc)

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photo of “Bottlecap Lion,” by an unidentified artist. The artwork is often used in the “Found Object Artworks” interactive videoconference.

Found Object Artworks (grades 3+)
Complete Teacher Guide (pdf)
From beads to bottle caps, foil to fabric, students will explore the diversity of media and experiences in American folk art! This videoconference covers the main elements of folk art: self-taught artists, everyday materials, vision and imagination, storytelling and sense of place. Intended for grades 3-12.
Visit CILC to schedule a videoconference.

 

Part I. Found Object Artwork Overview (doc)
Part II. Videoconference Pre-Lesson Grades 1-4 (doc)
Part III. Videoconference Pre-Lesson Grades 5-12 (doc)
Part IV. To See Is To Think Post-Lesson Grades 1-5 (doc)
Part V. To See Is To Think Post-Lesson Grades 6-12 (doc)

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photo of Farraday Ayne Newsome's “Blue Teapot with Fruit,” an artwork often used in the “Contemporary Craft: Clay Works” interactive videoconference

Contemporary Craft: Clay Works (grades 4+)
Complete Teacher Guide (pdf)
Whether traditional or cutting edge, artworks in the Renwick Gallery's collection highlight recent craft achievements with a focus on works in clay. Intended for grades 4 through 12.
Visit CILC to schedule a videoconference.

 

Part I. Overview (doc)
Part II. Videoconference Pre-Lesson Grades 1-4 (doc)
Part III. Videoconference Pre-Lesson Grades 5-12 (doc)
Part IV. Post-Lesson Grades 4-7 (doc)
Part V. Post-Lesson Grades 8-12 (doc)

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Learning History Through Art

detail from Daniel Chester French's “Concord Minute Man of 1775,” an artwork often used in the “Young America” interactive videoconference

Young America (grades 4+)
Complete Teacher Guide (pdf)
How have artists depicted the U.S. war for independence? How have those images shaped ideas and assumptions about the American Revolution? How do artists combine both fact and myth in reinterpreting history? Designed for grades 4 through 12.
Visit CILC to schedule a videoconference.

 

Part I. Overview (doc)
Part II. Videoconference Pre-Lesson Grades 1-4 (doc)
Part III. Videoconference Pre-Lesson Grades 5-12 (doc)
Part IV. Post-Lesson Grades 4-6 (doc)
Part V. Post-Lesson Grades 7-12 (doc)

"Our kids loved the virtual tour. You'll be hearing from other teachers here." — fifth-grade teacher

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detail from Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze's “Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way,” an artwork often used in the “Lure of the West” interactive videconference

Lure of the West (grades 4+)
Complete Teacher Guide (pdf)
As both a place and an ideal, the American West retains a powerful allure in popular culture. Explore depictions of the people, lifestyles, and landscape of the nineteenth-century West to better understand this dynamic period of history. Suitable for grades 4 through 12.
Visit CILC to schedule a videoconference.

 

Part I. Overview (doc)
Part II. Videoconference Pre-Lesson Grades 1-4 (doc)
Part III. Videoconference Pre-Lesson Grades 5-12 (doc)
Part IV. Post-Lesson Grades 4-12 (doc)

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detail from Alonzo Chappel's “Lee Surrendering to Grant at Appomattox,” an artwork often used in the “Civil War: A House Divided” interactive videoconference

Civil War: A House Divided (grades 5+)
Complete Teacher Guide (pdf)
The Civil War tested and consumed the country for more than four years. Many families were touched by death in the bloodiest conflict our nation's history. How did the new technology of photography depict the country and the war? What do paintings and sculpture reveal of life during Reconstruction? Intended for grades 5-12.
Visit CILC to schedule a videoconference.

 

Part I. Overview (doc)
Part II. Videoconference Pre-Lesson Grades 5-12 (doc)
Part III. Post-Lesson Grades 7-12 (doc)

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Celebrating Heritage

detail from Jacob Lawrence's “The Library,” an artwork often used in the “African American Artists” interactive videoconference

African American Artists (grades 4+)
Complete Teacher Guide (pdf)
The lives of African American artists lend insight into the historical, social, and cultural context of their works. Appropriate for grades 4 through 12.
Visit CILC to schedule a videoconference.

 

Part I. Overview (doc)
Part II. Videoconference Pre-Lesson Grades 1-4 (doc)
Part III. Videoconference Pre-Lesson Grades 5-12 (doc)
Part IV. Post-Lesson Grades 4-12 (doc)

"The kids really enjoyed the virtual tour presentation. They were a little shy about talking on air, but later they did their talking! By not leaving school, for my kids, it takes away the stress from unfamiliar experiences. The docents talked about things our kids read about in books—apartheid, masks, farming, for example. Thank you for putting all this together." — high school teacher

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detail from Angel Rodríguez-Díz' “The Protagonist of an Endless Story,” an artwork often used in the “Latino Art and Culture” interactive videoconference

Latino Art and Culture (grades 4+)
Complete Teacher Guide (pdf)
Artistic achievements of Hispanic Americans from the 1860s to the present represent the diversity of the Latino community and reflect historical and cultural developments that have transformed American art. Appropriate for grades 4 through 12.
Visit CILC to schedule a videoconference.

 

Part I. Overview (doc)
Part II. Videoconference Pre-Lesson Grades 1-4 (doc)
Part III. Videoconference Pre-Lesson Grades 5-12 (doc)
Part IV. Post-Lesson Grades 4-7 (doc)
Part V. Post-Lesson Grades 8-12 (doc)

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detail from Willard Midgette's “Sitting Bull Returns at the Drive-In,” an artwork often used in the “Native Americans” interactive videoconference

Native Americans (grades 3+)
Teacher Guide (pdf)
Students examine the cultural heritage of American Indians, as captured by native and non-native artists. Intended for grades 3 through 12.
Visit CILC to schedule a videoconference.

 

Part I. Overview (doc)
Part II. Videoconference Pre-Lesson Grades 1-4 (doc)
Part III. Videoconference Pre-Lesson Grades 5-12 (doc)
Part IV. Post-Lesson Grades 9-12 (doc)

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detail from Alice Pike Barney's “Self-Portrait with Palette,” an artwork often used in the “Recognizing Women Artists” interactive videoconference

Recognizing Women Artists (grades 4+)
Complete Teacher Guide (pdf)
Students examine how artwork by women reflects the artistic, social, and political influences in American culture. Intended for grades 4 through 12.
Visit CILC to schedule a videoconference.

 

Part I. Overview (doc)
Part II. Videoconference Pre-Lesson Grades 1-4 (doc)
Part III. Videoconference Pre-Lesson Grades 5-12 (doc)
Part IV. Post-Lesson Grades 4-8 (doc)
Part V. Post-Lesson Grades 9-12 (doc)

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