Smithsonian American Art Museum Private Videoconference Program – A House Divided: Civil War

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Program Description:

The Civil War tested and consumed the country for more than four years. Explore how this great conflict and subsequent Reconstruction period are depicted through the traditional mediums of painting and sculpture, as well as the then-new medium of photography. Videoconference presenters show American artworks from the museum’s collection using green screen. Through inquiry-based questions and discussion, presenters engage with participants as they explore artworks together.

Through an active discussion of works depicting the Civil War and Reconstruction, students will be better able to:

  • Understand the historical context of the Civil War and Reconstruction;
  • Explain the effect of the Civil War and Reconstruction on soldiers, families, and enslaved people;
  • Describe how the Civil War shaped our national identity;
  • Use visual and contextual evidence to interpret artworks depicting the Civil War and Reconstruction.
  • Duration: 45-60 minutes
  • Grades: 5-12
  • Price: FREE (5 to 30 students)