Teaching Resources

Download lesson plans and activities inspired by our permanent collection and special exhibitions. Grade levels and ages are suggested for all resources and activities, however, they are designed to be open-ended and adaptable to all audiences.

 

Orbits (Grades 4–12) — June 3, 2020
What are the unique properties of planets in our solar system? What are some of the types of data used by astronomers and astrophysicists when studying and analyzing space? Write an autobiography using only data, explore concepts of scale, and analyze sets of data about our planets. Includes three 30-minute activities.
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The Map as Art (Pre-K–Grade 12) — May 26, 2020
What is a map? What is a landscape? What are some connections we can make between maps and works of art? Experiment with one-point perspective and design your own sculptural survey. Includes two 30-minute activities.
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River Mapping (Grades 4–12) — May 18, 2020
What is a map? What is a map used for and who uses it? Why? Practice mapmaking by creating a transit map of your interests and talents, a contour map of your room, and a panoramic map of a landmark in your life. Includes three 30-minute activities.
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Sky Legends (Grades 5–12) — May 11, 2020
What is a myth? What comparisons can be drawn between the myths of different cultures and/or the plots of popular fantasy books, movies, or TV series? What are the main components of the hero’s journey, or monomyth? Map out your own myth and then illustrate a comic strip. Includes two 30–45-minute activities.
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Portraiture: People & Places in Time (Grades 3–12) — May 4, 2020
What is a portrait? What is a self-portrait? How does an artist use stance and expression to communicate a specific emotion or emotions in a work of portraiture? What can a portrait of a person or group of people tell us about a specific time and place? Experiment with blind contour drawing, make a self-portrait, and capture a portrait in a scene. Includes one 15-minute activity and two 20-minute activities.
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Daily Planet (Grades 1–6) — April 29, 2020
What are the key characteristics of the planets in our solar system? What are the visual elements of each planet? Design your own planet and imagine your home without gravity. Includes two 20–30-minute activities.
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Sky Legends (Grades 1–6) — April 27, 2020
What changes have you noticed in the number of stars you can see since you’ve been sheltering in place? Learn how to write a myth and design your own constellation. Includes two 20–30-minute activities.
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Self in the City (Grades 6–12) — April 20, 2020
What is a community? How does the built environment (urban, suburban, or rural) encourage and/or discourage the formation of a community? To what communities do you belong, and in what spaces do they exist? Learn about artist Norman Lewis and poet Frank O’Hara, and try your hand at abstract drawing, collage, and poetry in this teaching resource inspired by Self in the City: Highlights from the Collections of the Hudson River Museum and Art Bridges. Includes three 30-minute activities.
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Dreamy Landscapes (Grades 1–12) — April 20, 2020
What is a landscape? What is the Hudson River School of painting? Why is landscape art important? Write a haiku in response to a work from our permanent collection, and sketch a landscape that you love using the principles of foreground, middle ground, background, and horizon line. Includes two 20–30-minute activities.
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Naturalist’s Journey (Pre-K–Grade 5) — April 20, 2020
What is a naturalist? How can we use our senses to gather information about our environments? What is data, and what are different ways we can represent data? Become a data detective by analyzing collections of objects found in your home, and create a naturalist’s journal to record your observations. Includes three 20-minute activities.
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Shapes and Patterns (Pre-K–Grade 5) — April 13, 2020
What are geometric shapes? What are organic shapes? How are shapes combined to create patterns in homes and in nature? Take a close look at our historic home, Glenview, and the decorations in Red Grooms’ The Bookstore in this hour-long lesson plan. Includes three 20-minute art projects.
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Self in the City(Grades 3–5) — April 6, 2020
How do different environments affect what you do and how you feel? What is your personal relationship to the city or place in which you live? What makes you feel at home? These are some of the essential questions explored in this teaching resource inspired by Self in the City: Highlights from the Collections of the Hudson River Museum and Art Bridges. Includes two 20–30-minute art projects.
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Derrick Adams: Buoyant (Grades 3–5) — March 30, 2020
How do you spend your free time? What brings you joy? These guiding questions are at the core of this teaching resource inspired by Derrick Adams: Buoyant. Includes two 20–30-minute art projects.
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