19th Century American Art

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19th Century American ArtUsing geometric properties to gather a sense of history : 

19th Century American ArtUsing geometric properties to gather a sense of history WebQuest for 4th Grade Designed by Tracy Mercier tmercier@ewindsor.k12.ct.us

Introduction : 

Introduction You are an Art Historian who has stumbled upon 19th Century American Art. After looking at the artwork you’ve made numerous observations about 19th Century American Life, as well as geometric properties.

Task : 

Task You will carefully examine 3 – 5 pieces of artwork from at least 2 different artists. While looking at their artwork, you will… think about & discuss what this piece of art says about 19th century life think about & discuss what geometric properties &/or patterns are used in the art.

Process : 

Process Work with a partner/group to examine, think about, & discuss art. Record your observations in your notebook. You may print 1 copy of this sheet to help guide your group. Choose artists or artwork from the links to view, discuss, & record observations. You should be able to click on each piece to see a larger view of the artwork Record your observations & thinking in your notebook AFTER you discuss each piece.

Evaluation ~ you are to print out one copy for each of you to complete & hand in with your notebook. : 

Evaluation ~ you are to print out one copy for each of you to complete & hand in with your notebook. Master Historian Your notes are complete & easy to read Your thinking about the artwork is related to the art & the time period Your observations about the artworks’ geometric properties is accurate Apprentice Historian Your notes are complete OR easy to read Your thinking about the artwork is related to the art OR time period Your observations about the artworks’ geometric properties may have a couple of inaccuracies Novice Historian Your notes are incomplete & difficult to read Your thinking about the artwork is not related to the art or time period Your observations about the artworks’ geometric properties has numerous inaccuracies.

Conclusion : 

Conclusion Now that you have seen how these artists used geometric properties to depict 19th Century American life, how will you? In what ways can you do the same with your current 19th century region topic/event? Try to think outside of the box. Many of these are paintings, however you are not limited to a painting. Record your ideas in your notebook.

Geometric Properties : 

Geometric Properties Slides, Flips, Turns Symmetry &/or Congruence Angles Parallel &/or Perpendicular Lines Shapes &/or Solids

Artists & Artwork : 

Artists & Artwork Artists Mary Cassat John Singer Sargent Winslow Homer Samuel Finley Breese Morse Steele James Abbott McNeill Whistler Art Work 19th Century American Art ~ Virtual Tour Mahantango Valley Farm The Hobby Horse Jolly Flatboatmen The Lackawanna Valley Memorial to Robert Gould Shaw and the Massachusetts Fifty-fourth Regiment Paintings and Sculptures

Record Your Observations & Thinking : 

Record Your Observations & Thinking Set up a blank page in your notebook to look this: In this column you will list the geometric shapes, lines, & other properties used. In this column you will record what the artwork makes you think about 19th century life. In this column you will write the name of the artwork. In this column you will write the name of the artist. Geometry History Artwork Artist

Connecticut State Standards : 

Connecticut State Standards Social Studies gather historical data from multiple sources; engage in reading challenging primary and secondary historical source materials, some of which is contradictory and requires questioning of validity; write short narratives and statements of historical ideas and create other appropriate presentations from investigations of source materials. exhibit curiosity and pose questions about the past when presented with artifacts, records or other evidence of the past; be active learners at cul-tural institutions, such as museums and historical exhibitions; Mathematics Build, draw, describe and classify two- and three-dimensional figures. Analyze two-dimensional shapes and determine lines of symmetry and congruence. Identify translations, reflections and rotations in geometric designs. Language Arts use content vocabulary appropriately and accurately (math, music, science, social studies, etc.). elicit, discuss and respect the opinions of others about written, oral and visual texts. share opinions and judgments based on texts heard, viewed or read. develop a critical stance and cite evidence to support the stance. use oral language with clarity, voice and fluency to communicate a message. use strategies to generate and develop ideas for speaking, writing and visual activities. research information from multiple sources for a specific purpose.

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