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May 4, 2009

Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Use this image collection in association with the MIA's "The Skaters" Teaching the Arts feature and the following activity.

Investigate how artists can draw out different moods and feelings even when they depict the same subject.

  1. Make a catalog of the different qualities of winter using the Art Collector tool. You can get started with the images in this Set.
  2. Compare the examples of winter scenes and add your own text to explain what mood the artist has created.
  3. What do you see in each picture that helps establish the mood? (Think about how Beckmann played with diagonal lines and the space around figures to create the mood of The Skaters.)
  4. Which picture best expresses your favorite aspect of winter? Explain what you see in the picture that reminds you of your own experiences.  
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Type: Instructional Set
Grades: K-12
Instructional Method: Classroom Discussion, Multimedia Instruction, Self-paced Learning, Thematic Approach
Added to Site: May 4, 2009