Artworks are Primary Sources... Say WHAT!?!

by  The Mariners' Museum

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What exactly are primary sources, and how can we use them? Specifically, can works of art be evaluated to learn about technology and its evolution? By evaluating and “visually reading” a painting of the Sailmaker’s Shop at Newport News Shipbuilding by Thomas C. Skinner, students can answer these questions and explore how paintings can teach us about the past while also displaying technology’s continual state of change. In this visually engaging program, students will interpret data, timelines, and charts, compare and contrast artifacts and images, and understand the difference between low-tech and high-tech. At the program’s conclusion, students will be encouraged to find an example of technology in their house or classroom and build a visual timeline of that object’s trajectory throughout history.

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Point to Point: $125.00
By Request: $125.00


45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6

Minimum participants:

no minimum

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Primary Disciplines

Fine Arts, Social Studies/History, Technology/Information Science

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

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The Mariners' Museum

Newport News, VA
United States

The Mariners’ Museum is located in Newport News, Virginia, but our educational reach extends far beyond our physical doors. Just as Man has used the sea to journey around the world for thousands of years, The Mariners’ now uses Interactive Videoconferencing to offer programming to schools across the country and around the globe.
The Mariners' Museum, one of the largest and most comprehensive maritime history museums in the world, houses a treasure trove of more than 35,000 items inspired by human experiences with the sea.

Harriet Smith

Program Details


1. Students practice examining and visually reading a painting.
2. Students search for clues about past technologies by examining a painting.
3. Students learn about the evolution of every day technologies.
4. Students make their own image timeline of using the technology around them for inspiration.


- Students will identify aspects of technological advances.
- Students will evaluate and create object timelines.
- Students will compare past to the present through the lens of technology.
- Students will visually analyze a painting.
- Students will identify world oceans.
- Students will analyze infographics.
- Students will do basic equations on a calculator.
- Students will identify historical events and changes through time.

Standards Alignment

State Standards

Virginia History (2015): 3.1a, c, d, g; VS.1b, c; VS.2c; VS.10b, c; USI.1a, b, d, e, g;
USI.2a, c, d; USII.1a, c, d, g; USII.2b

Virginia Math (2016): 3.15b; 4.4b, d; 4.14a, b; 5.4; 5.16a, b; 6.6a, b

Virginia Science (2018): 3.1a, c; 3.2a; 4.1a, c; 4.8a; 5.1a, c, e; 5.8d-e; 5.9a, c;
6.1a-d; 6.4d; 6.8c

Virginia Visual Arts (2013): 3.2, 3.4, 3.6, 3.11, 3.16, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.18, 5.1, 5.2,
5.3, 5.12, 5.14, 5.18, 5.20, 6.1, 6.3