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The Life We Live


Courtney Gerber


November 19, 2009

Institution Walker Art Center

This is a tour for high school students (9-12 grade) that looks at a series of artworks in the Walker's collections. It's built around the theme of events experienced in everyday life both big and small. The tour encourages looking at these events from multiple vantage points and understanding how people can experience the same thing differently. For example, going to school, watching a sporting event, cleaning house, eating a meal, walking, or laughing -- we've all participated in these events and had our own individual experience of them.

The tour includes a modest selection of works of art, suggested events to which the works relate, conversation starters, several art historical facts, and an activity that has students work in pairs in order to compare and contrast their experiences of an event illustrated by a work of art in Event Horizon, a collections exhibition presently on view at the Walker.

Note: You may offer this tour as an on-line lesson through ArtsConnectEd's present mode or you can transfer the content to the Walker galleries for a self-guided visit. If you choose to provide this tour in the galleries you'll want to select fewer works. Have fun with the selection process and choose the art that resonates most with you, or that you feel will bring about discussion among your students.

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Type: Instructional Set
Grades: 9-Adult
Instructional Method: Classroom Discussion, Gallery Discussion
Added to Site: November 19, 2009