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Dear Wonderful Art Parents – 

As you probably know, February 12, 2009 is the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth.  We are trying to launch a school wide celebration of this grand milestone, so I thought I would make you aware of some LINCOLN resources that you may want to incorporate into your program and work with our kids! 

The following links are that I found that could be used to help the kids understand portraiture (and use the portraits of ABE)–

Picturing America Lesson Plan (poster available in media center)



Resources/lesson plans available through the National Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian

 Guide to portrait reading- (RECOMMENDED!)



Lesson plans with related art materials- 






Of course, there are numerous other things you creative types can come up with (construction paper stove pipe hats?!)


Please let me know if you will be helping us out with our Lincoln campaign –I will help all that I can (note I absolutely have no artistic talent!)—I can certainly help track down resource material.


Thanks so much,

Kathy Rolfes


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As those of you who came to the new volunteer meeting know, the Mann library now is home to some VERY LARGE prints and teaching material for several masterpieces of American Art called “Picturing America.”

This work is from an initiative from the National Endowment for the Humanities and our library and our students are lucky to have these works.  Each of these large prints (which include photographs, sculptures, paintings & more) may be checked out of the Mann library in advance of your presentation.


Making the experience even richer is a teaching guide that is also available.  The resource book may be viewed online as well, HERE.

The work is so diverse, each painting/photo/building chosen not just as a work of art, but as a captured moment in history.


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Recommended Reference Book

Discovering Great Artists – Hands-On Art for Children in the Styles of the Great Masters


This book is a thorough overview of artists from the Renaissance to modern day.  One volunteer has used this book or a Dali project, and another has used it for Picasso.  Projects are listed by artist, but ability level is considered as well.  Supply lists and prep time are included.

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If you’re a fan of contemporary illustration, I’m recommending a great new book called Play Pen, edited by Martin Salisbury.  The book devotes a couple of pages per illustrator and includes a short biography and interview of each artist.  Most of the work is from international artists whose work might not be well known, but it does include American favorites like j. otto siebold  and Brad Biggs. It’s also a great jumping off point if you’re looking for new art to expose to your kids!

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