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What is America? (middle)

Last changed: 05/29/2019 9:25am
6 , 7 , 8
Visual Art Social Studies
Grade Level Program Alignment
1 120 min
Combo Offsite Tour & Offsite Workshop
New Britain Museum of American Art
56 Lexington St.
New Britain, CT 06052
All year (maximum 125 students per visit). The NBMAA is proud to offer busing reimbursement in the 2019-20 calendar year. Spaces are limited and available on a first come first served basis.
$10 0
no Phone , In-Person , Email
miniature gallery models and collection images, pencils, paper, other multimedia supplies as needed
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NBMAA gallery and studio spaces

-I can look at art in different ways and respond and collaboratively share my interpretations with my classmates.
-I can understand how artworks can be interpreted as primary source documents.
-I can collaborate respectfully with my classmates.
-I can apply my understanding of history and the curatorial process to create and curate my own art gallery.

Throughout time, artists have contributed to a visual record of history, depicting people, places, events, and ideas from multiple points of view. Students will develop a new perspective on American history by taking this "What is America? (Interpreting America)" tour, which uses the NBMAA collection as a fascinating visual timeline of primary source documents. Students will collectively analyze and discuss how artists interpret history through symbols and imagery, and think critically as they construct their own interpretations of the past. Following the tour, students will visit the art studio to curate their own miniature exhibit of a variety of artworks that each relate to a predetermined theme or question.

Maximum 125 students per visit

Parents and teachers are invited and encouraged to participate as chaperones during school visits! We require at least one chaperone per 10 students, but more are always appreciated and welcomed.

Grade 6

Grade 6-7: Geography: Global Interconnections: 6-7.9: Analyze the ways in which cultural and environmental characteristics vary among various regions of the world.
Grade 6-7: Geography: Geographic Representations: Spatial Views of the World: 6-7.2: Use maps, satellite images, photographs, and other representations to explain relationships between the locations of places and regions, and changes in their environmental characteristics.
Grade 6: Visual Arts: Presenting: Anchor Standard 5: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation. Individually or collaboratively, develop a visual plan for displaying works of art, analyzing exhibit space, the needs of the viewer, and the layout of the exhibit.
Grade 6: Visual Arts: Responding: Anchor Standard 7: Perceive and analyze artistic work. Identify and interpret works of art or design that reveal how people live around the world and what they value.

Grade 7

Grade 6-7: Geography: Global Interconnections: 6-7.9: Analyze the ways in which cultural and environmental characteristics vary among various regions of the world.
Grade 6-7: Geography: Geographic Representations: Spatial Views of the World: 6-7.2: Use maps, satellite images, photographs, and other representations to explain relationships between the locations of places and regions, and changes in their environmental characteristics.
Grade 7: Visual Arts: Presenting: Anchor Standard 5: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation. Based on criteria, analyze and evaluate methods for preparing and presenting art.
Grade 7: Visual Arts: Responding: Anchor Standard 7: Perceive and analyze artistic work. Explain how the method of display, the location, and the experience of an artwork influence how it is perceived and valued.

Grade 8

Grade 8: History: Change, Continuity and Context: 8.1: Analyze connections among events and developments in historical contexts.
Grade 8: History: Perspectives: 8.5: Analyze how people’s perspectives influenced what information is available in the historical sources they created.
Grade 8: Visual Arts: Presenting: Anchor Standard 5: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation. Collaboratively prepare and present selected theme-based artwork for display, and formulate exhibition narratives for the viewer.
Grade 8: Visual Arts: Presenting: Anchor Standard 4: Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation. Develop and apply criteria for evaluating a collection of artwork for presentation.