The Walters Art Museum


Art Education Resources at the Walters Art Museum

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Common Core Connections

Each month we will add a new activity which links a Walters' work to the Common Core Standards. Check out these ideas and bring the Walters to your classroom.

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Descriptive Language and Lost Illusions

In this lesson, students will identify sight and sound sensory imagery in a primary-source document, artist Charles Gleyre’s diary, about a painting called Lost Illusions. Then, students will match descriptive language in Gleyre’s diary to images in the artwork.

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Problematic Metals

Students will learn about the problem of tarnishing of museum objects as well as the Walters’ conservation work through a video clip and/or article. Then, students will experiment with various metals in solutions to theorize which metals might prove challenging to museum conservators and why.

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Designing an Art Exhibition

This activity starts with a portrait of the founder of the Walters Art Museum, Henry Walters. Henry Walters collected objects and arranged them in interesting and meaningful ways when designing his museum. In this activity, students will create an exhibition by grouping works of art in meaningful and deliberate ways.

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Allegory

Students will understand and apply the concepts of allegory in art. Students will analyze four allegorical bronze sculptures created by Francesco Bertos that represent Africa, America, Europe, and Asia.

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Painting and Poetry in Japan

Students will use two Japanese paintings from the Walters Art Museum as the basis for ekphrastic poems—that is, poems inspired by art. Using the paintings' visual appearance as well as their own emotional responses to the paintings, students will write prose responses and brainstorm descriptive verbs and adjectives before condensing their thoughts into a series of evocative three-line poems.

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The Art Of War

Students will compare and contrast the visual and material elements of two suits of armor from Japan and Germany. They will use their creativity to design their own suits of armor, which will be drawn to scale to fit their own bodies. Precision will be vital in recording measurements, making the correct mathematical conversions, and drawing their armor in the correct scale.

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Family Ties

In small groups, students will analyze how each artist chose to portray the idea of “family.” Students will support their analyses by referencing specific details observed in the artwork. Students will then orally compare and contrast the portrayal of “family” in the four images. After class discussion, students will produce written compositions on their personal definition of “family,” including details from the artworks when appropriate.

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Show and Tell

Students will practice their communication skills as both speakers and listeners by completing this partner- based activity. Each student will choose a work of art from the Walters Art Museum at art.thewalters.org. One student will describe her artwork to the other student, who will attempt to draw the artwork, based on the student’s verbal description, and without seeing it for himself. The partners will have to be articulate and patient in order to accurately recreate each artwork.

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Papyrus Production

Students will learn about the ancient Egyptian Book of the Faiyum, a papyrus scroll that details the religious customs and environment of the Faiyum region along the Nile River. With the Book of the Faiyum as a model, students will learn about the processes that Egyptian scribes used to create written works. Stressing precision, creativity, and group collaboration, students will work in a similar assembly-line structure to create their own "scrolls" that include both text and illustration.

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Mathematical Landscapes

In this math and art activity, students will use the skills of estimation and measurement to better understand the composition of 19th-century landscape painting.

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Precise Patterns

Challenged when trying to integrate math and art? This activity encourages students to calculate how to draw patterns on an ancient Greek vase.

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Read all about it!

What was the news like in 1848? Download this activity, which examines the painting Politics in an Oyster House by Richard Caton Woodville . After conducting research and examining the painting Politics in an Oyster House, students will write an article for a 19th-century newspaper. Students will develop their topic with facts, definitions, concrete details and other examples related to the image and the time period.

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From Your Point of View

Stories can be examined from many perspectives. Download this activity, which tells the story of the painting An Accident by Pascal-Adolphe-Jean Dagnan-Bouveret , 1879. Students will read a story from the perspective of the hurt child in the painting. Using their creativity and analytic skills, they will construct their own story from the perspective of a character in the painting.

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What's the Drama All About?

Who doesn't love a good story? Download this activity and use your imagination to discover what happened before, during and after this scene.

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Who is this Little Girl?

When the Walters Family purchased this painting in 1902 it looked very different than it does today. The child in the painting wasn't there. Download this activity and discover the secrets behind the painting while making links to the Common Core Standards for Reading.

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Restoration or Destruction

Download this science, language arts and visual arts integrated activity to reveal the mysteries behind this Renaissance painting. Students will use the skills of the Integration of Knowledge and Ideas while learning about conservation in an art museum.

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