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Free Program--Lure of the West

from Smithsonian American Art Museum

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Part geography and part mythology, the American West retains a powerful allure in popular culture. Explore depictions of the people, lifestyles, and landscapes of the 19th century West to better understand this dynamic period of history.

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About This Program

Cost

Point to Point: $0.00
By Request: $0.00

FREE!



Length

45-60 minutes


Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult Learners Homeschool Public Library: Library Patrons Homeschool students

Minimum participants:

10

Maximum participants:

30


Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History, Fine Arts


Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Skype, iChat, Vidyo, Movi/Jabber, Blue Jeans, etc...)
Zoom
Vidyo



Booking Information

Offered Monday through Friday from September through June on a flexible schedule from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern. Programs are available from June through August on Tuesdays through Thursdays on a limited basis. Please note that you must register at least 4 weeks before your requested videoconference date. We schedule programs and send confirmations about a month before your requested program date. If you would like to check on the status of your request, please contact AmericanArtEducation@si.edu. All requests are subject to availability.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Confirmation of your videoconference is dependent on a successful test call. Cancellations must be submitted 48 hours prior to the scheduled videoconference. Frequent cancellations will result in the inability to register for additional programs at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Washington, DC
United States

The Smithsonian American Art Museum, the nation’s first collection of American art, is dedicated to collecting, understanding, and enjoying American art. The Museum celebrates the extraordinary creativity of artists whose works reflect the American experience and global connections.

NOTICE
Please submit a request NO MORE than three months in advance for September through May, Monday-Friday between 9-5 (Eastern). Summer requests (June-August) will be considered based on limited availability.

Contact:
Rebecca Fulcher
AmericanArtEducation@si.edu
(202) 633-8537

Program Details

Format

Videoconference presenters show American artworks from the museum’s collection using green screen. Through inquiry-based questions and discussion, presenters engage with participants as they explore artworks together.

Objectives

After participation in this videoconference, your students will be better able to:

• Understand the period of westward expansion in America during the 1800s;
• Describe the effects of westward expansion on Euro-American settlers’ and American Indians’ lives;
• Reflect upon and assess artworks depicting westward expansion and the ideals of Manifest Destiny;
• Use visual vocabulary to articulate observations and interpretations of artworks.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Videoconferences can touch on one or more of the following standards

National

Visual Arts
K-12.7: Perceive and analyze artistic work
K-12.8: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work
K-12.11: Relate artistic ideas and works from a variety of sources with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding

Historical Thinking
K-12.2: Draw upon the visual data presented in photographs, paintings, cartoons, and architectural drawings to clarify, illustrate, or elaborate upon information presented in the historical narrative, and appreciate and consider past historical perspectives
K-12.3: Analyze and interpret multiple perspectives in history to compare and contrast differing sets of ideas, values, personalities, behaviors, and institutions, and to challenge arguments of historical inevitability
K-12.4: Obtain and interrogate historical data from a variety of sources, including library and museum collections, in order to formulate historical questions from encounters with art and other records from the past

U.S. History
K-4.1: Living and Working Together in Families and Communities, Now and Long Ago
K-4.3: The History of the United States: Democratic Principles and Values and the Peoples from Many Cultures Who Contributed to Its Cultural, Economic and Political Heritage
5-12, Era 4: Expansion and Reform (1801-1861)

Civics
5-12.4: Relationship of the United States to Other Nations and to World Affairs

Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts/Literacy, College and Career Readiness

Standards have been slightly modified to expand the definition of "text" to include artworks.

Reading
R.1: Read closely to determine what the [artwork] says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific [visual] evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the [artwork].
R.2: Determine central ideas or themes of a[n artwork] and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
R.6: Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a[n artwork].
R.7: Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
R.9: Analyze how two or more [artworks] address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the [artists] take.

Speaking and Listening
SL.1: Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
SL.2: Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
SL.3: Evaluate a speaker’s [or an artist’s] point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
SL.4: Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.