Smithsonian American Art Museum Private Videoconference Program – Young America

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Program Description:

The transition from colonial rule to national independence was a pivotal time in American history. Students will explore colonial and early federal art that tells the story of growing national ambitions, territorial expansion, and the beginning of industry. 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 the historical context of the creation of America as a new nation, as well as the resulting political infrastructure and economic development;
  • Understand the effects that changing government had on those living in the colonies and the new nation during the 1700s and 1800s;
  • Reflect upon and assess artworks portraying growing national ambitions, territorial expansion, and the beginning of industry;
  • Use visual vocabulary to articulate observations and interpretations of artworks.
  • Duration: 45-60 minutes
  • Grades: 4-12
  • Price: FREE (5 to 30 students)