Teaching with Museum Collections

Sunset in Yosemite Valley William Bradford MABI 1758
Sunset in Yosemite Valley William Bradford MABI 1758

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Students will make detailed observations and create two artistic images, one realistic and other abstract, based on a landscape painting's most important features. Students will reflect on their chosen painting and the experience of interacting in depth with a specific work of art and compose label-style text about their chosen painting.Students will collaboratively design and develop Hudson River School-style murals.

Additional Resources


McGrath, Robert L. “Special History Study: Art and the American Conservation Movement”. Boston: National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior, 2001.

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park.“Summary and Location Catalog.” Woodstock, Vermont.

Paintings at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park,


MBRNHP catalogue entries for Bierstadt, Bradford, Bricher, Cole and Durand paintings (ask Laura if these should be available to the public).



Art, Conservation, Environment, History, Landscapes, Language Arts, Museum Studies, Social Studies
National/State Standards:
NL-ENG.K-12.7Evaluating Data; NL-ENG.K-12.12Apply Language Skills; NSS-USH.5-12.4ERA; NA-VA.K-4.2Using Knowledge of Structures and Functions; NA-VA.5-8.4Understand the Visual Arts Relation to History and Cultures; NT.K-12.3Technology Productivity Tools
art, Hudson River School, paintings, stewardship, museum collections, curriculum, elementary school, students, lesson plan, visual arts, history

Last updated: February 26, 2015