| 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.
National Geographic: Greatest Photographs of
the American West
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.
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
Pueblo to Pueblo: the Legacy of Southwest Indian
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.
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,
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.
en la Charrería: The Artisanship of Mexican Equestrian Culture"
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
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.