Luce Foundation Center for American Art
Program Materials for Download!Here we make some of our program materials available for you to print from home.
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Don't hesitate to contact the Luce Foundation Center information desk at AmericanArtLuce@si.edu or (202) 633-5435 (11:30 a.m.7 p.m.).
On-line Scavenger Hunts
Use the Luce Foundation Center Web site to follow the clues and answer the questions in our on-line scavenger hunts.
Museum Scavenger Hunts
Test your skills! Bring one of the hunts below to the Luce Foundation Center and follow the clues to find specific artworks among the more than 3,300 objects on display. Get all of the answers correct and win a prize! Please let the Luce Center staff know (see contact info above) if you are visiting with a group larger than 10 people so we can have enough prizes ready for everyone who completes a hunt.
Are you a country mouse or a city mouse? You decide with this artist-made scavenger hunt that features a variety of Aesop's Fables.
Think you have the luck of the Irish? See if you do with our Ireland-inspired scavenger hunt!
Give yourself a hand if you can complete our Objects in Hand scavenger hunt!
Find these artworks by your favorite African American artists in the Luce Foundation Center.
Take a stately tour around the Luce Foundation Center with our Presidential Scavenger hunt!
If you liked our first Hispanic Heritage Month Scavenger Hunt, give this one a try!.
Roses are red, violets are blue, complete this hunt by following the clues!
¡Pon a prueba tu conocimiento de la historia de la Institución Smithsonian!
Discover strange portraits and bizarre expressions in the Funny Faces scavenger hunt.
Work off your Thanksgiving meal with this Luce Foundation Center scavenger hunt!
¡Siga el desfile de animales por el Luce Foundation Center hasta llegar al circo!
Hunts for Tots
Find and check off the artworks in the Luce Foundation Center with these scavenger hunts for all ages! Get all of the answers correct and win a prize! Please let the Luce Center staff know (see contact info above) if you are visiting with a group larger than 10 people so we can have enough prizes ready for everyone who completes a hunt.
Escape the busy city with our Life on the Farm scavenger hunt for all ages!
Every dog has its day... in the Luce Foundation Center! Come find some cute pooches with our Dogs scavenger hunt.
Audio Tour Self Guides
What do you like? Download one of our self guides to use as you take our audio tour!
Explore artworks by Selma Burke, Joshua Johnson, and more!
Say what? Learn how to pronounce some of your favorite arists' names.
Explore artworks by Howard Finster, Byron Browne, Michael Goldberg, and more!
Proud to be from D.C.? Learn about some artists from D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.
Don't be blue! We've got some artworks highlighting the color red for you!
Sketching: Draw and Discover!
Draw inspiration from artist's sketches as well as thousands of objects on display in the Luce Foundation Center. Bring one of the handouts below to the museum at any time, or join our weekly sketching workshop on Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m.
Come explore our versatile craft collection on the fourth floor of the Luce Foundation Center. Pick one of the craft works made from glass, clay, metal, wood, or fiber to sketch on paper or sculpt in Model Magic.
Symbols are used in art to imply associations of objects or people outside of the artwork. Look at the symbols and colors used in the paintings on the 4th floor of the Luce Foundation Center and put them together in your drawing to find the story the artist is trying to tell.
Modern Art is typically considered the time from 1860 to 1970 when artists were moving away from traditional representational art, and towards expressionist art. Examine the 20th-century paintings on the 4th floor of the Luce Foundation Center and try to emulate the emotion and energy that you see in the artwork to create your sketch.
Understanding color is an important step in making art. Take a piece of colored ribbon and lay it on the table to draw in colored pencil. Think about whether the piece of fabric is a darker shade of blue, for example, near the shadow and a lighter shade of blue near the highlight. Do you see complementary colors in the ribbon?
Take some time to take a closer look at the objects on the 3rd floor of the Luce Foundation Center which consist of 20th-21st-century art. These artworks are made of a diverse array of materials from black Belgian marble to painted red oak. Try to emulate the texture of the piece in your drawing.
Sketching from original artworks is an essential practice that has been going on for centuries. Take advantage of our Graphic Masters show of works on paper by studying the energy of the artists' marks and try to capture that in your drawing.
Drawing from still life is an important exercise for any artist. Using drapery as well as folds of paper we will practice finding the lightest light and the darkest dark of the objects through sketching.
Sketch from the Luce Center's selection of 18th-20th-century sculpture including full scale plaster casts of figures. Does the sculpture look heavy? Try to capture the weight of the object in your drawing.
Discover the Luce Foundation Center's collection of 18th-20th-century portraits. Why was a portrait made? Was it to document the sitter's life or to mark a marriage ceremony?