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  • Beyond Landscape 5–12

    For Grades 5–12

    College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Writing; Mathematics; Science; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Language

    Featuring two works by Anselm Kiefer in the special exhibition Anselm Kiefer: Beyond Landscape (November 17, 2013–October 5, 2014)
    Students will become familiar with the artist Anselm Kiefer; learn about Kiefer’s use of landscape as a vehicle for themes such as memory, history, and spirituality; and create a work of their own to express their ideas about a personally meaningful landscape.

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  • Beyond Landscape K–4

    For Grades K–4

    College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Writing

    Featuring Anselm Kiefer’s der Morgenthau Plan (The Morgenthau Plan), 2012, in the special exhibition Anselm Kiefer: Beyond Landscape (November 17, 2013–October 5, 2014)
    Students will become familiar with the artist Anselm Kiefer; learn about the term texture and the difference between implied and actual texture; and, for grades 3 and 4, begin to understand how war affects a landscape.

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  • Bundle Up! Thinking in Three Dimensions

    Adaptable for Grades K–12

    Visual Arts; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Writing; Mathematics; Technology

    Inspired by Dennis Maher: House of Collective Repair (On View January 26–May 12, 2013)
    This lesson plan is inspired by an assignment that 2012–2013 Artist-in-Residence Dennis Maher uses to develop creative- and flexible-thinking skills in his architectural design students at the University at Buffalo.

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  • Ken Price: Weather or Not

    For Grades K–6

    Visual Arts; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Writing

    Students will become familiar with the artist Ken Price and his print portfolio Heat Wave, learn about the interactions between people and weather through Ken Price’s Heat Wave and two other works of art in the Gallery’s Collection, and discover and respond to the theme of weather as inspiration for artmaking and writing poetry.

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  • Life in Ancient Greece

    Grades 4–8

    Social Studies; Visual Arts; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening

    Inspired by Beauty, Life, and Spirit: A Celebration of Greek Culture (July 27, 2012–April 21, 2013)
    Students will learn about daily life in ancient Greece, as well as pottery and pottery-making in ancient Greece. They will also compare aspects of life in ancient Greece to life today.

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  • One and Another: Two Contemporary Sculptors

    For Grades 7–12

    Visual Arts; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Writing; Mathematics; Science; Technology

    Related to One Another: Spiderlike, I Spin Mirrors (March 7–June 1, 2014)
    Both works featured in this lesson depict a woman in combination with aspects of the natural world. Students view the works, learn about each artist and the histories and literature forms that inspired them, and create their own writing or visual art about the relationship of humanity to nature. 

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  • Robert Therrien: Poetry in 3D

    For Grades 5–12

    Visual Arts; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Writing

    Related to Robert Therrien (July 3–October 27, 2013)
    After viewing Robert Therrien’s sculptures at the Gallery, both as a class and in small groups, students will generate word webs based on their observations; learn about alliteration, personification, and anaphora in poetry; and analyze and combine their word webs and personal experiences to create free verse poetry.

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  • Robert Therrien: Tall Tales

    For Grades K–12

    Visual Arts; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Writing

    Related to Robert Therrien (July 3–October 27, 2013)
    After viewing Robert Therrien’s larger-than-life sculpture No title (folding table and chairs, beige), 2006, at the Gallery, students will use discussion and personal experience to create and illustrate a creative writing piece and/or choose an object of their own as inspiration for a drawing, sculpture, or photographic series.

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  • Your Own Special Exhibition

    For Grades 5–12

    Visual Arts; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Writing; College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Language

    Inspired by Surveyor (February 18–June 5, 2011)

    Students will learn about the decisions that curators make when they select works of art and plan an exhibition. Selecting as inspiration one of five works of art in the Gallery’s Collection, they will plan a theme, select other works of art to include, and write wall labels and an essay on their exhibition theme.

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