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Do You See Me Like I See Me?: Cultural Perspectives in Western American Art

Looking at art through different lenses

Students grades 6 and up will explore how culture, individuality, technique, and place in history influence an artist’s production. In this 30–45 minute lesson, presenters will engage students using artwork from the Whitney Western Art Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West as a tool to introduce students to historical and contemporary reflections of Plains Indian life. We will show European views of Native life, as well as American Indian perspectives of their own experiences.

Suggested pre-lesson activity

Prior to the lesson students should draw a self-portrait in a setting that reflects who he/she is and work with a partner to draw a portrait of his/her classmate in a setting they think reflects who his/her classmate is.

Additional resources

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Do You See Me Like I See Me? Cultural Perspectives in Western American Art
Grade Level: 6–12
Length: 45 minutes (35 of instruction & 5–10 for questions)
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