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Overview: Students create a small exhibit of four to six pieces
of artwork based on a THEME. They will use the websites at the bottom of this page or others that
- Students will record the necessary information for each artwork they choose--artist,
title, date, medium, size, museum/location, etc. They will write a brief description of
each work, telling why it fits their chosen theme. They will write an introduction and
create a brochure or poster advertising their exhibit.
- Students can download the images and print them or save them to a computer document.
If the software is available at school or home, the students can create their exhibits
using Hyperstudio, PowerPoint, etc. Or, the students can mount copies of the artwork on
poster board or a classroom wall where their classmates can visit each exhibit and offer
comments and critiques.
Check out our project EXAMPLE.
- Students will understand that a curator learns to make choices and organizes
art exhibits based on a theme.
- Students will learn about specific artworks and learn how to present
information in a coherent and creative manner.
- (1) Roles and responsibilities of a curator
- (2)Different ways art shows can be organized, with
specific examples of actual exhibits from museums
(3) That a exhibit will often be organized around a theme
- Examples of possible themes:
- Subject matter: animals, portraits, landscapes, still lifes, flowers.
- Genre: Abstract Expressionism, Impressionism, Cubism, Surrealism
- Media: sculpture, watercolors, prints, photographs.
- Time period: Classical, Medieval, Contemporary.
- Content: Religion, Social Protest, etc.
- Culture: American, African, Native American
- (4) That themes can come in many different shapes and forms and can
be combined, i.e. Far Eastern Paintings, American Indian Pottery, etc.
Up for a video? Consider using our Electronic
Field Trip to the JB Speed Art Museum
as a starting point for this project. Click the link for air dates and a complete
print packet. This program is also available as Broadcast 28, Humanities through the Arts.
A field trip? After your students have watched KET's Electronic Field Trip to the Speed Museum and created their own art exhibit, they are probably ready for the real thing! (But are YOU??) Click on the following web sites for names and phone numbers of museum personnel who will help
make the planning easier.
Portfolio option: Have students write a review of a project
other than their own. The subject may be an exhibit that they found interesting, disturbing, or
For starters, some web sites:
- Art Institute of Chicago
- WebMuseum, Paris
- The British Museum
- Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
- The Louvre, Paris
- Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy
- The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
- San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
- The Musee' d' Orsay, Paris
- Guggenheim Museum, New York
- Web Gallery of Art
This assignment addresses these KDE Academic Expectations:
- 1.13 Students make sense of ideas and communicate ideas with the
- 2.23 Students analyze their own and others' artistic products and
performances using accepted standards
- 2.24 Students have knowledge of major works of art, music and literature
and appreciate creativity and the contributions of the arts and humanities