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Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

American History with a STEM Focus

  • Silversmithing

    Slide Notes

    Students will learn about Paul Revere's midnight ride, and the others who made the same journey. 

    Students will also discuss Revere's dress in ths portrait, comparing an contrasting it to portraits of royalty from the same period. 

    Students will also learn about the process of Silversmithing, Revere's chosen trade. 

    Details

    Paul Revere

    1768

    John Singleton Copley, American, 1738–1815

    Dimensions

    89.22 x 72.39 cm (35 1/8 x 28 1/2 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    30.781

    Collections
    Americas
    On View
    Lynch Gallery (Colonial Boston) - 132 More Info

    Description

    Multimedia

  • Magna Carta

    Slide Notes

    Students will view a visiting copy of the Magan Carta, the 13th century document that was the foundation for many declarations of freedom around the world, including the Declaration of Independence. 

    Students will also learn about how the Magna Carta survived through the ages. 

    Details

    Samuel Adams

    about 1772

    John Singleton Copley, American, 1738–1815

    Dimensions

    125.73 x 100.33 cm (49 1/2 x 39 1/2 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    L-R 30.76c

    Collections
    Americas
    On View
    Lynch Gallery (Colonial Boston) - 132 More Info

    Description

    Multimedia

  • Westward Expansion

    Slide Notes

    Students will visit a large gallery full of images of the American West. Students will learn about how and why Americans settled westward, and what technologies and skills were needed to survive the long journey. 

    Details

    Niagara Falls from the Foot of Goat Island

    1857

    Jasper Francis Cropsey, American, 1823–1900

    Dimensions

    39.05 x 61.28 cm (15 3/8 x 24 1/8 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    47.1238

    Collections
    Americas
    On View
    Vinik Gallery (Salon: Americans Abroad) - 233 More Info

    Description

    Multimedia

  • Space Race

    Slide Notes

    Students will learn how the technological innovations of the 50's and 60's influenced art and culture. 

    Students will learn how the space race inspired a flurry of building, industry and growth, with scientific themes made apparent on every items such as jewelry and housewares. 

    Students will also learn about non-traditional art making materials. 

    Details

    Necklace

    about 1958

    Art Smith, American, born in Cuba, 1917–1982

    Dimensions

    Overall: 43.8 x 26 x 1.9 cm (17 1/4 x 10 1/4 x 3/4 in.)

    Medium

    Silver; turquoise, rhodochrosite, chrysoprase, and amethyst (or garnet)

    Classification

    Jewelry / Adornment, Necklaces, Neck Bands

    Accession Number

    2006.537

    Collections
    Americas
    On View
    1940s and 1950s - 336 More Info

    Description

    Large silver necklace comprised of three free-form elements each with three applied bezel-set stones (semi-precious). Framed and connected by hammered flat curved silver elements.

    Multimedia

  • For the art activity, students will create a painting on canvas inspired by current technologies or events. 

    Students will learn how to mix paint colors, and how to use traditional artist's materials.