Picture This: A Young Person's Point of View
June 8, 2009
Our Teacher Programs Coordinator, Suzannah Niepold, describes one of our Education Department's local outreach activities.
Three hundred and fifty D.C. eighth graders spent their spring semester studying eight artworks from the American Art Museum as part of Creating American Stories, a partnership between the museum and three local schools. This activity is funded by the William Randolph Hearst Endowment for America’s Artistic Heritage. Each student selected one work to respond to in writing. Their compositions ranged from historical fiction to deeply personal reflections connecting the art to their own lives, insecurities, and dreams.
If you’re interested in learning more about Interior with Portraits, take the Director's Choice tour, wherein the museum director, Elizabeth Broun, shares her thoughts on the painting. The director traces her interest in art history back to her grade school days in Kansas, when the "picture lady" would visit her classroom and share images of the world's great paintings. Perhaps one of the students in the Creating American Stories program will be similarly inspired? We'd like to think this could happen.
- Thomas Le Clear, William Randolph Hearst Endowment for America’s Artistic Heritage,
Eighth Grade, American Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum
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