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    Weir Farm

    National Historic Site Connecticut

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  • Weir Farm National Historic Site

    Weir Your Badge, Lesson Plan Grades 1-4

    Weir Your Badge, Lesson Plan Grades 1-4

    This curriculum unit includes three seasonal visits to the park, as well as in-class lessons, which encourage students to gain a broad perspective of the park. Students will design a symbol or badge to represent Weir Farm National Historic Site using the National Park Service Arrowhead as a model, and their newfound knowledge of their local national park as inspiration.

  • Weir Farm National Historic Site

    Art Alive! (Grades 1-4)

    Art Alive! (Grades 1-4)

    Student will be able to: Recognize Weir Farm National Historic Site as being part of the National Park System. Recognize the importance of preserving places of natural, historical, and cultural significance. Identify the three artists who lived and painted at Weir Farm National Historic Site. Discuss personal responses to specific artwork. Compare and relate artwork of the park to the modern landscape. Recognize a studio as an artist’s workspace. Create artwork using a variety of media.

  • Weir Farm National Historic Site

    Weir Am I?

    Weir Am I?

    Student will be able to: Recognize the importance of maps in their surrounding environments. Explain why maps are important to society. Design an original map of Weir Farm National Historic Site incorporating park resources and landscape features. Identify the different sites associated with Weir Farm National Historic Site. Navigate through the park using park maps.

  • Weir Farm National Historic Site

    Art Alive! (Grades 9-12)

    Art Alive! (Grades 9-12)

    The student will be able to: Describe the natural and cultural characteristics of Weir Farm National Historic Site and relate them to the larger context of the National Park Service. Explain the progression of artists at Weir Farm National Historic Site and describe each artist’s contribution to the park’s history. Compare and contrast American Impressionism to other art movements. Compare and relate artwork of the site to the modern landscape. Reflect critically on the works of art. And more!

  • Weir Farm National Historic Site

    Art Alive! (Grades 5-8)

    Art Alive! (Grades 5-8)

    The student will be able to: Describe the natural & cultural characteristics of Weir Farm National Historic Site & relate them to the larger context of the National Park Service. Explain the progression of artists at Weir Farm National Historic Site & describe each artist’s contribution to the site’s history. Describe characteristics of American Impressionism in comparison with other art movements, styles, & contexts. And more!

  • Weir Farm National Historic Site

    Weir Farm: Home of an American Impressionist

    Weir Farm:  Home of an American Impressionist

    This lesson is based on the National Register of Historic Places registration file, "Weir Farm Historic District," Weir’s writings, correspondence, and the artwork he created at the site. It was written by Gay Elizabeth Vietzke, former Supervisory Park Ranger at Weir Farm National Historic Site. It was edited by Fay Metcalf and the Teaching with Historic Places staff. This lesson is one in a series that brings the important stories of historic places into the classrooms across the country.

Did You Know?

Weir Studio - Photo by Peter Margonelli

Weir Farm National Historic Site is one of two visual art sites in the National Park Service. The other site is Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, New Hampshire, dedicated to the sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. More...