Teaching the Art of the American West
These educational on line study units are written for middle school students and teachers as
a way for the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum to deliver curricular materials to
classrooms for those schools unable to complete a field trip to the Museum.
|| Walter Ufer: Rise, Fall, Resurrection
February 7 - May 11, 2014
Organized by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
and guest curator Dean Porter, this is the most significant exhibition
of work by Taos Society artist Walter Ufer (1876-1936) ever presented.
Here you can experience an in-depth look at an artist whose fall
from fame long overshadowed his remarkable achievements as painter
and humanitarian during a short career.
Worksheet is suitable for middle school grade levels and older,
and is intended to encourage discussions and to provide a deeper
look into Walter Ufer's art. Print and bring it with you to tour
the exhibit. Copies also will be available at the exhibit entrance."
||Allan Houser and His Students
On exhibit August 30, 2013 - May 11, 2014
In the exhibit, "Allan Houser and His Students," The National
Cowboy & Western Museum examines Houser as artist, teacher and
mentor. He has been referred to as the "Grandfather of Contemporary
Native American sculpture." He has-without question-had the most
influence in establishing the canons of Native sculpture. Houser passed
on his unique talents, vision and passion for pushing the boundaries
of American Indian art to countless students. Use this Activity
Guide to learn more.
|| Emigrants Crossing the Plains
Emigrants Crossing the Plains carries out Bierstadt's
tradition of oversized painting, reflecting the grandiose size and
spectacle of the American West.
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|| End of the Trail
Focusing on the life and works of award winning western artist
James Earle Fraser and his sculpture, The End of the Trail.
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Previous Exhibit Education Guides
|| National Geographic: Greatest Photographs of the American
On exhibit October 27, 2012 - January 06, 2013
The American West has been photographed countless times. The subject
has continued to fascinate people and has defines a national sense
of identity. Curriculum
guides for middle and high school students in the areas of geography,
history, science, language arts and arts will aid educators in presenting
the material to students. Learn about different themes of the exhibit
and topics that relate to the West.
|| Pueblo to Pueblo: the Legacy of Southwest Indian Pottery
On exhibit January 28, 2012 - April 8, 2012
The Pre- and Post-Visit Lesson Plan is designed as introductory
learning activities for teachers interested in taking their students
to see Pueblo to Pueblo: the Legacy of Southwest Indian Pottery.
These lesson plans can be adapted to many age groups, but they are
primarily designed for middle school and high school groups. For
use alongside the lesson plans is a Pueblo to Pueblo PowerPoint.
Also available is an Activity Guide suitable for ages 8+.
and Post-Visit Lesson Plan
Pueblo to Pueblo PowerPoint
for use with the Lesson Plan
|| Allen True's West
On exhibit February 4, 2011 - May 15, 2011
Allen True is regarded as Colorado’s premier native-born artist
of the early 20th century. He was noted for having three distinct
phases in his long and distinguished artistic career: first as an
illustrator, then as an easel painter, and finally as a muralist.
Use the Curriculum Guide
to learn more.
|| To Picture the Words: Illustrators of the American West
On exhibit January 21, 2011 - May 15, 2011
This exhibit highlights the Museum's rich collections of original
and published works by Western illustrators. Several of the books
highlighted in the exhibit can be found in your local library, book
store or online. The youth oriented stories included illustrations
by renowned western artists in their original printing. The reading
list provides boys and girls an opportunity to explore the wild
West through the eyes of young adventurers.
|| American Indian Printmakers
On exhibit October 1, 2010 - May 8, 2011
Printmaking underwent drastic changes in the 20th century. Reflecting
the artists’ connections with the contemporary art scene between
the 1930s and the 1990s, and their Native American heritage, these
prints demonstrate diverse experiences in a wide variety of styles
and subjects. Use this Curriculum
Guide to delve deeper into the art of printmaking.
|| The Guitar:Art, Artist and Artisans
The guitar is the world's most popular instrument. From its historical
roots in Europe, the instrument became popular throughout the American
West, evolving into an icon of cowboy music. Often a stunning visual
art from, the guitar is the star of this exhibit. Use this Curriculum
Guide to take a closer
look at the Gibson "Tribute to the 20th Century"
Guitar. The artwork and imagery used spans 100 years of history.
|| The Power of Music: Photographic Portraits of Americans
and their Musical Instruments, 1860-1915
This exhibition provides a rare insight into the prevalence of
performed music among 19th century Americans. With the birth of
photography, many musicians were able to pose with their favorite
instruments to show their pride and love of music. This Resource
Guide is provided by the exhibit's creator, Smith Kramer.
|| "Arte en la Charrería: The Artisanship of Mexican Equestrian
The very essence of the Mexican experience is exemplified by the
culture of the charro, or Mexican cowboy. It is a rich legacy of
tradition and valor, of honor and custom, of war and peace.
|| Craft in America--Expanding Traditions
The mission of Craft in America is to document and advance original
handcrafted work through programs in all media. Companion Educator
Guides written for teachers support each of the three episodes-Memory,
Landscape and Community. Content can be modified for students of
all ages and different educational settings. The guides can be used
in any order or stand alone and used independent of the others.