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“I have to have that!”.pdf
Before walking into any grocery store, we know a battle is waiting for us…a struggle between what we need and what we want. We need the carrots and the strawberries, but the chocolate ice cream looks oh so good! This struggle is not reserved only…

reCapturing Youth Wax Resist Memory Portraits.pdf
Passages of time and concepts of aging become more concrete as we age, but during adolescence remain somewhat abstract. Learners are aware of milestones of getting older- driving, graduating from high school, college, marriage or partnership- but are…

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remixed messages.pdf
Visual art and visual culture are often responsible for creating and responding to culturally constructed notions of beauty. Despite one’s subjectivity, those ideas are communicated in ways that determine standards for what gets to count as…

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Gaul_After the Battle.jpg
Gilbert Gaul is best known for his American military (earlier period) and genre scenes (later work). He was variously a painter and graphic illustrator, producing works for “Century Magazine” and “Harper’s Weekly” during and after the Civil…

Hutty_At the Wedding.jpg
Alfred Hutty’s At the Wedding is an excellent example of a Southern urban genre scene. Though the image is charming and ordinary in its character, closer investigation reveals significant social and historical interest. It records a newlywed bride…

Walker_Bald Mountain.jpg
William Aiken Walker was not renown as a landscape artist. He is best known for the prodigious quantity of his small paintings depicting rural African Americans. These paintings were produced en masse, sold cheaply, and were widely distributed. For…

Burchfield_Barber Shop.jpg
Charles Burchfield came to South Carolina as a draftee into the National Guard when the United States prepared to join World War I. He trained as a camouflage artist at Camp Jackson in Columbia, and often took sketching excursions to nearby towns.…

Silva_Beside the Still Waters.jpg
The subject of this painting is Magnolia Gardens, near Charleston, South Carolina. Silva visited this particular location many times during his artistic career, which did not start until he was nearly fifty years old. After leaving his family’s…

Benton_Tent Meeting.jpg
Benton was born in Missouri, and spent a great deal of time with his family in Washington, DC where his father was a US Congressman. Benton’s political upbringing, combined with his artistic instincts, resulted in artworks which reflected both the…

Murphy_Bricklayers.jpg
Christopher Murphy was born in Savannah, Georgia, in 1902. His parents were both working artists, and encouraged their son to pursue an artistic career. This work was produced during Murphy’s student years. It records the city's urban scenery and…

Hutty_Cabbage Row.jpg
The subject of these two works is Cabbage Row, a term used by local residents to refer a small cluster of historic residential buildings on Church Street, in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. The houses and residents of Cabbage Row became subjects…

Benton_Chain Gang.jpg
Labor is one of the most prevalent themes in Regionalist art, and in art of the American South. In its more common form, such artistic treatments of Southern labor reflect a Romantic atmosphere of untroubled simplicity associated with agrarian…

Hutty_Charleston Gossips_watercolor.jpg
Alfred Hutty completed very few oil paintings relative to the prodigious number of his etchings and watercolors. In the latter media, however, Hutty’s works on paper often revisit the same subjects and compositions. Charleston Gossips presents one…

Bacharach_Corner Store.jpg
Rather than presenting the familiar motif of rural subsistence agriculture commonly found in Southern art of this period, this painting documents an opposite aspect of Southern life during the Great Depression; urban unemployment. Elise Bacharach had…

Benton_Cotton Pickers.jpg
Thomas Hart Benton is arguably the most famous painter of the Regionalist movement in American art. His art recorded aspects of American folk culture that were embedded in its rural music, labor practices, and religious beliefs. This small sketch was…

Herzog_Cradling Rye.png
German-born artist Hermann Herzog belongs to a small but significant number of turn-of-the-century academic painters from the North who achieved critical and financial success with their works in Southern subject matter, accounted for in this case by…

Melrose_Early Morning.jpg
This painting by Andrew Melrose synthesizes many of the essential elements which characterize the South in visual art during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As we look east over the Ashley River in Charleston, SC, we see the landscape of the…

Johnson_WH_Ezekiel.jpg
This work by Florence native, William Henry Johnson, echoes the trend among African American artists in both the South and the North to create artworks whose subject matter was inspired by the lyrics of well-known Negro spiritual music. Johnson…

Smith_Gathering Wood.jpg
Though only a small sketch, this watercolor demonstrates a pervasive influence of Asian artistic styles and motifs upon Southern artists of the time. This is especially apparent by the strong vertical composition and the use of black, ink-like…

Harrison_Hidden Moon.jpg
Birge Harrison was one of the first dignitaries from the American art Establishment who recognized rich and latent artistic potential available in the Southern landscape. Harrison had studied and lived abroad, painting and publishing articles on the…

Taylor_Middleton Oak.jpg
Anna Heyward Taylor was one of several female artists from South Carolina who became associated with the Charleston Renaissance in the years between World War I and World War II. Unlike her peers, whose graphic work was largely confined to the…

Cooper_Miles Brewton House.jpg
The subject of this painting is the colonial residence of the successful Charleston merchant, Miles Brewton. The home was built during the years 1765 – 1769, and is considered by historians to be one of the finest American examples of the…

Biddle_Nannies.jpg
George Biddle's reputation in the art of the South was established in 1930, when he was invited by George Gershwin to produce illustrations for the printed libretto of his widely popular opera, Porgy and Bess. The invitation resulted in a trip to…

Schoppe_Cabin.jpg
In the 1930s, the Regionalist trend in American art was effecting palpable changes in popular culture. It’s foothold evinced its acceptance as the primary countermovement, and perhaps compromise, against the more extreme elements of Modernist…

Burchfield_Spanish Mission_Camden.jpg
This watercolor sketch by Charles Burchfield was created during the artist’s brief period of military training in South Carolina during WWI. Though it does not embody Burchfield’s signature enigmatic blend of naturalism and surrealism, it does…

Schoppe_Speriences Meetin.jpg
Speriences Meetin' is another excellent example of how itinerant artists in the early 20th century interpreted Southern African American culture. Here, the artist uses dramatic lighting and an expressive composition to relate his own observations of…

Johnson_WH_Cagnes sur Mer.jpg
William H. Johnson Johnson was born in Florence, SC in 1901. After high school, he studied at New York’s National Academy of Design until 1926. Encouraged by his peers and mentors at the academy, Johnson left New York and moved to France,…

Halsey_Study in Red_II.jpg
William Halsey is one of the first notable South Carolina Modernist artists. Although much of the work he created in his home town of Charleston was non-representational, he credited the city’s urban atmosphere, with its architectural angles and…

Smith_Tumultuous Surf.jpg
Tumultuous Surf is one of Alice Smith’s most exemplary watercolors. In it, we can clearly see evidence of the inspiration that Smith took from the subjects and compositions of traditional Asian art. Smith received no formal academic training as an…

Key_View of Washington.jpg
John Ross Key was the grandson of American poet and attorney Francis Scott Key, author of the Star Spangled Banner. In the 1850s, Key befriended the artist James Abbot Mcneil Whistler while the two were working with the US Coast Survey. This is one…

A Note to Self,  Mixed Media Self-Portrait Drawing.pdf
High school years are a time when many adolescents begin the quest of self-discovery, establishing their own identity. This unit explores the enduring idea, Identity, through a multidisciplinary approach incorporating language arts, social media,…

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Altered Self.doc
This lesson has been developed for students in 5th-8th grade. During this lesson learners will discuss the history of altered books and its elements and purpose. They will examine various examples of altered books and discuss its elements as a visual…

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Relationships Lesson.pdf
Learners will explore the varying relationships that they and humankind have with animals by creating a clay animal sculpture that expresses their own views on relationships with animals and by writing a poem or short story. By experiencing this…

Animal Object Transformations.pdf
The concept of fantasy can lead the learner in many different directions, both as a way to problem solve and to discover new possibilities of creation. In this particular unit, learners will discuss fantasy as a way of expressing creativity and…

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Animals in Nightmares and Dreams.pdf
Learners will view artworks and listen to stories featuring animals in nightmares/dreams. They will discuss what it means to dream and use their imaginations to create a watercolor painting featuring an animal in a nightmare or dream.

Art of Healing.pdf
“Art of Healing” can be interpreted very literally. When learners think about being healed, I believe their first thoughts would be a hospital. You go to a hospital for help through medicine or surgery. I want learners to think more about healing…

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Chandelier Shindig.pdf
“There’s a party goin’ on right here
A celebration to last throughout the years
So bring your good times and your laughter too
We gonna celebrate your party with you”

Celebration is a song that was released in 1980 created by Kool & the…

Character Exploration with Embems and Objects.pdf
The identity of an individual derives from their set of personal and behavioral characteristics. Furthermore our identities are in constant transformation because we continue to be influenced from our relatives, culture and our environment. In the…

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Choosy Artists Choose Gif.pdf
Teenagers are very connected with technology—the internet, their smart phones, and trending memes. Animated GIFs have become prevalent on social media sites, and as a result, many artists are finding innovative ways to explore the medium. To…

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Containment Capturing dreams and nightmares in art.pdf
Learners explore works of art representative of containers and use chosen media to create a container to hold a personal or collective nightmare or dream.

Contrast through Clay.pdf
Many learners struggle with new processes. Their lack of experience often translates into unsuccessful results and, at times, may deter them from continuing to practice a process. By studying the myriad of conflicts that occur internally and…

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Culture and perseverance.pdf
Learners will be introduced to the cultural aspects of perseverance. Understanding that students belong to all kinds of cultures will help students to become more empathetic across cultures. Empathy is an integral means of knowing and relating to…

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Dreams One day I will….pdf
Learners view images that inspire ideas about goals and dreams of the future and create an artwork representing their dreams for the future.

Exploring Our Identities.pdf
“Everyone has one! If I don’t get it, I won’t have any friends.” Everyone has wither heard these words being uttered by a child or have spoken them personally. This attempt at “fitting in” is a life-long issue, whether it is art school as…

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Expressive Burlap Figures.pdf
Through their work, artists have dealt with and represented the suffering within communities. They may or may not have been a part of a persecuted group but nonetheless feel motivated to represent it visually. Within this unit, the learners will…

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Facing Emotions.pdf
Adolescence can be an extremely emotional time when individuals are flooded with a variety emotions and feelings. Learning how to identify emotions may help learners to develop empathy. Within this multidisciplinary unit, learners will explore the…

Fantasy animals for a better world.pdf
Fantasy is an excellent way for learners to explore science through art and develop creative ways to solve issues within the biological world. Our world is full of relationships between man, animals and nature; some relationships are positive and…

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Feel It Out.pdf
Teenagers deal with emotion all the time. They are in a moment in their life where it seems that everything is dealt with based on their emotions. Having them look at different forms of expressing emotion will help them connect words, lines, colors,…

Fitting In.pdf
The pressure to fit in, to be accepted, or to be liked starts early and never seems to end. Starting school in kindergarten, children begin to consider how to make friends. What things can they do to make and keep friends?
This dilemma does not end…

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Funny Faces.pdf
It is common for artists to employ specific colors, mark making, textures, etc. to create mood in their artwork. By carefully manipulating the elements of art and principles of design, artists can project emotion onto their subject matter or even…

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Gender Portrayals in Toys.pdf
On many occasions, the toys we play with or the games we participate in reflect roles that many of us will some day fill. These objects and events are often associated with long standing gender portrayals through the characteristics they promote.…

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Genre Painting Humble and Societal Roles.pdf
In this unit, learners will discuss the artworks of Irving, Kidd, Dupre, and Allston from the CMA, as they portray depictions in society and everyday life. The artists Brueghal the elder, Edward Hopper, Andrew Wyeth, and Grant Wood will also be…

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Inside the Box.pdf
Objects are often “clues” within an artwork that, when investigated, provide deeper insight into the artist’s intentions. Within this unit, learners will analyze how objects are used symbolically and create their own small box installation. …

Its Icing on the Cake.pdf
It was popular when I was in elementary school to throw your birthday party at the local skating rink. Listening to the music, talking with friends, and feeling the wheels over the carpet as you rolled from the rink into the arcade. Despite all of…

It’s all in my mind Dreaming and the Subconscious.pdf
Learners will be exploring dreams and nightmares, in particular why do we dream and what do our dreams mean? Throughout the unit, learners will focus on the subconscious. Learners will discuss their own personal experiences with dreams and will…
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