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Exploring Portraits of African Americans with the Harmon Foundation Collection

The Harmon Foundation Collection, one of the treasures of the National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection, comprises a group of more than forty portraits of prominent African Americans. The portraits were part of an unprecedented attempt in the 1940s and 1950s to counter racist stereotypes and racial prejudice through portraiture.

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Briana White
43
 

Hispanic Heritage Month: Understanding the American Experience

This Learning Lab collection has been created in conjunction with the Hispanic Heritage Month: Understanding the American Experience professional development workshop, hosted by the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Workshop Description: Whether you are a teacher of social studies, English, Spanish, or visual arts, this program will add nuance and depth to your classroom. Educators will learn how to use art and portraiture by Latino artists or of Latino figures to enhance their students’ understanding of our collective American history.

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Briana White
30
 

The Great Debate: Portraiture and Primary Sources

This collection is created in conjunction with a professional development workshop facilitated by the National Portrait Gallery and Teaching with Primary Sources Northern Virginia (TPSNVA is funded by a grant from the Library of Congress). 

Have you ever wondered if a portrait is a primary source? In this workshop, we will examine portraits from the Portrait Gallery, along with primary sources from the Library of Congress, to consider this question and explore connections between the two distinct collections. Participants will brainstorm and come up with strategies to incorporate these rich resources into their English and social studies curriculum.  

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Briana White
57
 

A Morning in Damascus

This collection features a series of three independent activities around one singular portrait of Bayard Taylor (formally titled A Morning in Damascus) painted by Thomas Hicks, 1855.  Taylor was one of America's foremost and most popular travel writers of the mid to late 19th century.  

These activities were created for my Advanced Placement World History course to practice close reading skills as well as historical thinking skills.  The notations provided here are for teacher reference and would not be given to students. 



This collection was created in conjunction with the National Portrait Gallery's 2017 Learning to Look Summer Teacher Institute.

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Lauren Hetrick
12
 

Artist Edward Biberman: See, Think, Wonder & Compare

Artful thinking routines to explore, critique, compare and contrast  two portraits  by the artist Edward Biberman from the National Portrait Gallery. #npgteach

Greta Schorn
15
 

Do I Terrify? Sylvia Plath and Katharine Hepburn in Self-Portrait

Although they are primarily known for their other artistic pursuits, both Sylvia Plath and Katharine Hepburn were avid amateur artists. Despite differences in their ages and professions, the two share other similarities as well: both women were born into privilege in New England, both had formative experiences with death in their childhoods, both attended prestigious women's colleges, and both have come to be viewed in popular culture as feminist icons. This collection includes portraits and self-portraits of both women, examples of some of their professional successes, and information on how those successes were defined by the demands of others. How do their self-portraits allow us to understand them beyond their mythology? How can they help us to unpack their various images - public, private, historical, fabled? 

This collection was created in conjunction with the National Portrait Gallery's 2017 Learning to Look Summer Teacher Institute. 

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Haley Potter
18
 

Self-Portrait - Katie O'Hagan

This collection is designed to help students learn and understand the idea, artistic approach, decision making and creative processes that come to play when one creates a self-portrait.

This collection was created in conjunction with the National Portrait Gallery's 2017 Learning to Look Summer Teacher Institute. 

TAGS: #NPGteach, learning to look, National Portrait Gallery, self-portrait, portrait, figurative painting

Elena Murphy
8
 

Memoirs & Portraits: Creating Dynamic Characters

This collection supports students to write their own memoirs and is aligned to the Teacher's College Reading Writing Project (TCRWP) Memoir Writing Unit. One objective of this unit is students will create "well-developed characters who change." Through the examination of portraits matched with mentor texts, students have the opportunity to examine how artists capture the complexity of people through visual art and language.

This collection was created in conjunction with the National Portrait Gallery's 2017 Learning to Look Summer Teacher Institute. #NPGteach

Michelle Van Lare
21
 

Portraits

Pick two objects. Compare/Contrast the two objects you chose.

 Why are they in a collection together? Why is the title of this collection "portraits"?

This collection was created in conjunction with the National Portrait Gallery's 2017 Learning to Look Summer Teacher Institute.

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Mei-Ye Wong
52
 

History & Hair: Lesson and Collection

What does your hair reveal about your identity? This guided lesson and image gallery invites students to explore their  identity and  to interrogate the role that hair plays in the presentation of self. Using artful looking techniques, students can think critically about the dynamic between the subject and the artist. 

This collection was created in conjunction with the National Portrait Gallery's 2017 Learning to Look Summer Teacher Institute. 

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DanSymonds
22
 

Bob Dylan

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Rebecca Burck
9
 

Human Determination in Portraits

This collection is based on artworks that appear to show human determination through visual clues created by the various artists.  The collection shows a variety of portraits and quotes about the meaning of determination. The focus artwork is "Cat's Cradle", a painted portrait of Muhammed Ali by Henri Caselli, Jr.. Although we know he was historically a determined individual, what artistic elements does the artist use in this artwork to show this human determination? Why and how do all the portraits selected show this idea as well? This collection was created in conjunction with the National Portrait Gallery's 2017 Learning to Look Summer Teacher Institute. #NPGteach

Kristin White
28
 

Jean-Michel Basquiat

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Phaedra Michelle Byrd
25
 

Wilma Rudolph

Wilma Rudolph defied the odds and paved the way for African American female athletes. Discover her strength and courage.

This collection was created in conjunction with the National Portrait Gallery’s 2017 Learning to Look Summer Teacher Institute.

 

TAGS: #NPGteach, portrait, learning to look, National Portrait Gallery


Jennifer Houston
6
 

Horn Players

This is introductory information for Jean-Michel Basquiat's "Horn Players" from 1983.

This collection was created in conjunction with the National Portrait Gallery's 2017 Learning to Look Summer Teacher Institute.

TAGS: #NPGteach, portrait, learning to look, National Portrait Gallery, jazz, Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Basquiat, AP Art History

Stacey Horman
12
 

Acquisitions Debate

Use these resources to have your students debate the acquisitions of a work of art.

This collection was created in conjunction with the National Portrait Gallery’s 2017 Learning to Look Summer Teacher Institute.
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Stacey Churchill
4
 

Feminist History

This collection was created in conjunction with the National Portrait Gallery's 2017 Learning to look Summer Teacher Institute. The activities, which should take 1 hour over two class days, use two photographs for student visual analysis, as well as a short reading on feminist history, to help students investigate context to further their understanding of characterization, theme, and plot elements in Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale.  A page of teacher notes is included at the end of the collection, outlining suggested uses of the slides.


TAGS: #NPGteach, portrait, learning to look, National Portrait Gallery

Davina Smith
6
 

Man In The Mirror

This collection is dedicated in memory of the KING OF POP. It includes images throughout MJ's career and explores his many different looks.

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Reynaldo Quinn
13
 

John Brown Portraits

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Maryann Nugent
6
 

Japanese Internment (June 29, 2017)

This collection was created in conjunction with the National Portrait Gallery’s 2017 Learning to Look Summer Teacher Institute.

TAGS: #NPGteach, portrait, learning to look, National Portrait Gallery

erin waller
11
 

Henry Frick - Two Portraits

In this lesson, students will do a close look at a 1910 double portrait of Henry Frick.  Students should closely examine the portrait using the See-Think-Wonder Learning to Look Strategy.

Students may also use the hotspots to closely examine the portrait and answer the T/F questions about the portrait.

Then, students should watch the video excerpt from the History Channel series The Men Who Built America and decide how this video acts as a portrait of the  turn-of-the-century businessman.

What is the same in the two?

What is different?


To extend the lesson, students may complete the sorting activity.  Have them think about how each image or video portrays the robber barrons.  Is each more negative or positive?Why?


To further extend this lesson, students could also redraw the portrait as a political cartoon from a negative point of view.  They may want to be a resident of Johnstown after the flood or one of the Homestead Strikers.




This collection was created in conjunction with the National Portrait Gallery’s 2017 Learning to Look Summer Teacher Institute.

 

TAGS: #NPGteach, portrait, learning to look, National Portrait Gallery


Jessica Illingworth
3
 

American Foundations

#NPGteach  Portraits of Early American Leaders

Elizabeth Corcoran
4
 

Summer Teacher Institute

Shirley Chisholm's 1972 presidential campaign poster and paraphernalia

This collection was created in conjunction with the National Portrait Gallery's 2017 Learning to Look Summer Teacher Institute.

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Timothy Wilson
8
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