7th – 12th Grade

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Red Talkers by Paul Pletka, 1978 Acrylic on linen

2 Possible Tour Themes to Choose From!

School Group Tour

The Western Experience & the Artist Perspective

Tour Description

The James collection documents many significant events related to the American Westward expansion.  This tour combines a careful look at how artists have recorded these events with conversations about their significance to American history.  Docent presentation includes sharing documents and written works about the events.

Florida Education Standards

VA.912.H.1.In.a,b | VA.912.H.1.Su.a,b
VA.912.H.1.1,2 | VA.912.H.1.Pa.a,b
VA.912.H.2.3,5 | SS.912.H

Goals

To interpret an historical event when presented as a work of art
To discuss the power of visual arts to document moments in history
To examine the impact of an artist’s perspective on our own perspective
To build skills that enable independent art appreciation

Topics

How art documents history and culture
How art helps people to interpret events from the past
Definition of art terms related to works seen during the tour
How to discuss an artist’s portrayal of history while using a visual vocabulary
Mountain Men Rendezvous, Navajo Long Walk, Captain Murie’s Pawnees, Wild Bill Hickok’s last game, Bison hunting, Lewis and Clark Expedition…contact the Education department for a full list
Independent art appreciation

Heroes or Anti-heroes?

How does an artist’s portrayal of an individual influence our understanding of the person’s character and decisions?

Tour Description

Students investigate icons of the American West who speak through artwork found at the James Museum.   Artistic style and the artist’s biography will be considered as students study the icon.  As a group, students will collaborate to determine whether the icons are considered heroes or anti-heroes by society today and develop a measured response to the character’s actions.

Florida Education Standards

VA.912.H.1.In.a,b | VA.912.H.1.Su.a,b
VA.912.H.1.1,2 | VA.912.H.1.Pa.a,b
VA.912.H.2.3,5 | SS.912.H

Goals

To use an artist’s lens to understand why an individual from the past was important to history
To examine an individual from the past and determine their influence today
To discuss artwork as a document and as a perspective on history
To build skills that enable independent art viewing and appreciation

Topics

How art reflects history, culture and characters from the past
Face to face encounters with historical figures featuring how they looked, their life-style and what was important to them
The power of visual arts to communicate ideas about the past
Geronimo, Crazy Horse, Chief Joseph, Little Wolf, Navajo Code Talkers, Sitting Bull, Gall, John Wayne, Clayton Danks, and Old Blue. Contact the education department for a full list
Independent art appreciation

The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art