This online gallery complements the Exploring the New World guided tour, which examines the earliest art of the Americas.
This Exploring the New World lesson examines the earliest art of the Americas. Students will explore the portraits, furniture, silver and gold that tell stories about life in the pre-Columbian era, colonial North America, and the new nation. This lesson is designed to complement the Exploring the New World guided tour, which will be offered from October 6, 2014 - June 11, 2015, and is recommended for students in grades 2-12.
In exploring this lesson, students will:
•Consider the range of artistic expression of American ancient civilizations, the Colonial period, and the early republic.
•Discover how the objects and paintings embody the values, beliefs and interests of the cultures that produced them.
This discovery will require students to:
•Look closely and make visual observations about art.
•Express their ideas and share them with either peers.
•Generate hypotheses and observations based on prior knowledge of history and social sciences.
Using this resource:
•Social Studies teachers will be interested in the connections between the events of early American history and the images in the gallery.
•Visual arts teachers will be interested in the examination of the history of art in early America and its relevance to the politics and social events of the time.
For additional information, view the links available under Related Resources.
The objects in this lesson are just a beginning. We encourage you to explore the Museum's online collection through this web resource—or even better, to visit the Museum and walk through the physical galleries—to look for other objects that will provide further insights into the relationship between words and images.