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Teaching Kits

Looking to Write, Writing to Look

This teaching resource features twenty-five remarkable works of art from the Museum’s collections and uses them as inspiration for an array of writing activities for K-12 students. The works of art represent a wide range of time periods and cultures, and the writing exercises include narrative, descriptive, expository, and persuasive writing, as well as poetry. Looking to Write, Writing to Look is generously supported by the Sherman Fairchild Foundation, Inc.

This kit includes the following works of art:

Available online.

Art Speaks!

Art Speaks is a museum visit program designed specifically for fourth-grade classrooms in Philadelphia public schools. The content is art and the wonderful ways we can learn about and respond to what artists create. The learning strategies are literacy based, and connect to The School District of Philadelphia’s fourth-grade language arts curriculum.

Available online.

Finishing Techniques In Metalwork

Works of art made of metal are decorated through a variety of methods, which are referred to as finishing techniques. These techniques can be classified into two major categories: chemical (by chemical processes) or physical (by mechanical means). This teaching kit describes several finishing methods along with a brief history of their use.

Available online.

Learning to Look: Works of Art Across Time and Cultures

This teaching kit uses four themes—Stories, People, Things We Use, and Nature—as lenses for looking at works of art in the Museum's collections. Included are objects and images from a variety of time periods and cultures. Learning to Look: Works of Art Across Time and Cultures was developed by the Division of Education and made possible by the Comcast Foundation, The Delphi Project Foundation, and Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company.

This kit includes the following works of art:
Available online.

Asian Art Teaching Kits

These three teaching kits focus on the arts of Japan, Korea, and China. Each kit includes slides, image cards highlighting works from the Museum's Asian arts collection, and a video, as well as a resource book featuring looking questions, related classroom activity suggestions, a map, time line, glossary, and bibliography. A CD-ROM version of all the elements in the kit is also included.

Asian art teaching kits are made possible by a generous grant from the Freeman Foundation of New York and Stowe, Vermont.

Learning from Asian Art: Japan

This kit features ten objects in the Museum's Japanese collection. Works of art from a variety of mediums and eras have been chosen, from a 4,000-year-old ceramic Jōmon Jar to a nineteenth-century woodblock print by Katsushika Hokusai.

This kit includes the following works of art:

Available in an online version.

Learning from Asian Art: Korea

Focusing on the Museum's collection of Korean art, this kit introduces students to ten different works. A wide variety of objects and eras have been chosen, including an eighth-century bronze Buddha and eight hanging calligraphic scrolls by a contemporary Korean artist.

This kit includes the following works of art:

Available in an online version.

Learning from Asian Art: China

Ten different works in the Museum's collection of Chinese art are featured in this kit. The works of art chosen represent different mediums and eras, from a 4,500-year-old ceramic Banshan Jar to an embroidered robe for a Daoist priest made at the end of the nineteenth century.

This kit includes the following works of art:

Available in an online version.

Rodin Museum

Auguste Rodin’s sculptures inspire us. They engage our eyes with dramatic forms, grip our hearts with powerful emotion, challenge our minds with complex ideas, and hold our attention with layered meaning. The Rodin Museum in Philadelphia invites you to integrate Rodin’s art into your classroom curriculum and deepen students’ understanding of his work through close observation and thoughtful response.
 

For more information, please contact Education: School & Teacher Programs by phone at (215) 684-7580, by fax at (215) 236-4063, or by e-mail at .

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