Campfire Stories with George Catlin: Cracking Catlin's Code Lesson Plan
This is a creative approach to teaching basic skills involved in the formal visual analysis of works of art. Students will learn how to interpret artworks in cultural and historical contexts by becoming "art detectives." Students will analyze Catlin's formal compositions to learn about the Native American leaders he painted. They will examine visual clues and write a final "case summary" in which they "crack Catlin's code."
5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
History, United States History, History, Visual Arts, Writing (composition)
Smithsonian American Art Museum