Explore Reynolda: Discovery Lessons

See, Think, Wonder: Thomas Cole's "Home in the Woods" (1847)

In this printable at-home activity, spark a discussion or writing exercise with slow looking at Thomas Cole's 1847 painting, "Home in the Woods." Click above for directions on how to get started!

Discovery Lesson: Animals

For ages 3–5, explore peace and kindness through this lesson plan that combines works of art from our permanent collection and literature. Get started with your young learner at the link above. 

 

Storytelling

For ages 2–adult, bring a painting to life in Eastman Johnson’s The Storyteller of the Camp (Maple Sugar Camp) (1861–1866). Using conversation prompts and slow looking, imagine new stories for Johnson’s characters as well as building narratives as a group. Download at the link above!

 

Art and the Five Senses

Can you hear this painting? Can you imagine the smell of a magnolia on a sweltering summer day? In this week’s at-home lesson plan for ages 2 and up, take a look at Childe Hassam’s Giant Magnolias (1904)  and Maurice Prendergast’s The Bathing Cove (circa 1916–1918) and see how these works of art can convey each of our 5 senses.

 

Still Life and Making Meaning

In this lesson plan for ages 4–5 to adult, explore Audrey Flack's Bounty and look for and consider complex and familiar symbols.

Storms

"A picture is a poem without words." — Horace

Make meaningful connections between art and poetry via weather, as depicited in George Inness's emotive "The Storm" (1885) in these at-home activities.

Cooperation

Have you ever tried to build something? How did it feel to collaborate, or, work together? In this lesson for your home or classroom, work with a partner to construct a hands-on building activity, modeled after Jacob Lawrence's 1968 Builder's No. 2.

 

Autumn

Autumn (sometimes called fall) is one of the four seasons of the year and is the time of year that transitions summer into winter.  Go inside the season of shorter days and dropping temperatures in Jasper Francis Cropsey’s Mounts Adam and Eve.

 

 

Opposites

Of his Minimalist stripe paintings, Frank Stella said, "What you see is what you see, but the worthwhile qualities of painting are always both visual and emotional, and it's got to be a convincing emotional experience." Immerse yourself in Frank Stella's Double Gray Scramble and examine how this composition impacts you. This Discovery Lesson is for those 2+. Download the lesson here.