Smithsonian American Art Museum Private Videoconference Program – Found Object Artworks


Program Description:

From beads to bottlecaps, tinfoil to toys, artists have used many nontraditional materials to express themselves and create art. This videoconference covers how artists use everyday materials, vision and imagination, storytelling, and a sense of place. 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.

After participation in this videoconference, your students will be better able to:

  • Understand some of the purposes and processes of American artists who work with found objects;
  • Understand how nontraditional materials can be vehicles for artistic expression;
  • Use visual vocabulary to articulate observations and interpretations of artworks made with a variety of materials;
  • Identify alternative artistic uses for nontraditional materials.
  • Duration: 45-60 minutes
  • Grades: 3-12
  • Price: FREE (5 to 30 students)