Identity: My Symbols, My Identity

Authors: National Museum of Mexican Art Education Staff Summary: This lesson explores how the symbols in a work of art can help express the identity of an individual or a cultural group. Students discuss popular cultural symbols and identify symbols that have personal importance for them. They look closely at Ester Hernández’s serigraph print The […]

Western Expansion: Perspectives on Westward Expansion

Authors: Sara Jatcko, Terra Foundation for American Art Kelly Naughton, Chicago Public Schools Charlotte Ross, Newberry Library With contributions from: Mary Hawley, Literacy Consultant Summary: In this lesson students analyze a map, artworks, informational texts, and primary sources that present different perspectives on Manifest Destiny and the westward expansion of settlers and miners into U.S. […]

Journeys: Mapping Real and Imagined Journeys

Author: Lauren C. Watkins, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Summary: This lesson begins by having students explore how maps can help them imagine, record, and remember journeys. They discuss how journeys may take place in the physical world or in the imagination. Then students analyze John Cage’s A Dip in the Lake: Ten Quicksteps, Sixty-two […]

Journeys: Sharing Journeys through Words and Images

Authors: Joel Javier, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art Sheri Snopek, Columbus Elementary School Kimberly Houston-Moore, Fort Dearborn Elementary School Summary: In this lesson, students explore real and imagined journeys by analyzing the life and artworks of Joseph Yoakum. Students then write narratives and create artworks of their own real or imagined journeys. […]

Identity

Summary The theme of identity is explored in these two lessons by examining how one’s identity can be forged and how it can be remade after a devastating loss. Students look closely a serigraph print, photographs, and a sculpture to analyze how elements of one’s identity can be expressed. They analyze related informational texts and […]

Journeys

Authors: Jennifer Barron, Kennedy High School Melissa Covington Tanner, Art Institute of Chicago Sara Jatcko, Terra Foundation for American Art Joel Javier, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art Sheri Snopek, Columbus Elementary School Lauren C. Watkins, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Manuel Valderrama, Lane Tech College Prep High School With contributions from: Mary […]

The Dust Bowl Experience

Summary The epic stories of hardship and survival during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl have inspired numerous artists and authors to think critically about the era and the experiences of those who lived at that time. These theme-related lessons provide a framework for closely reading and comparing a range of images and texts about […]

The Dust Bowl Experience: Dust Bowl Writing Project

Authors: Amy Andrews, Chicago Public Schools Jennifer Chisholm, District 65 Judy Koon, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art Sarah Salto, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art Summary: This lesson is designed as a culminating activity about the Dust Bowl. It allows students to synthesize their learning by recreating the voices of those who […]