Match the Painting
With the Century
Snack: As long as we're matching,
let's match a baked potato with some shredded cheddar cheese and a little
butter. Wash it down with a cool glass of all-American milk.
Internet access to project these paintings on a big screen
Piece of scrap paper and pencil for each student
Artwork is practically like a history
book for any given country.
Here are several
famous American paintings. They are numbered from 1 to 8, but that doesn't mean
that that is in chronological order - the oldest to the most recent.
That's YOUR job!
First, write down the following eight
years on a piece of scrap paper. Each of them is the year in which one of these
eight artworks was painted.
Now look at these paintings, projected on
a big screen, and write down in which century the painting was painted, or in
which century the event that is shown happened.
Look for clues in the objects that are
shown in the painting, and rely on your knowledge of how our country grew and
changed, and how our art styles changed with it.
You can ask to see the paintings more
than once if you get stuck.
Here are your three choices:
Now here are the answers. How did you do?
Crossing the Delaware, Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze
Harbor, Fitz Hugh Lane
Old Stagecoach, Jonathan Eastman Johnson
Broncho Buster, Frederic Remington
Gothic, Grant Wood
Morning Breakfast, Romare Howard Bearden
#4, Alex Katz
If you're interested in any of these
artworks or painters, it would be a fun project to research them and report
back to the group how that artist fit in to American history.