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Hood Museum of Art
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755

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Teacher Resources

European Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art

These resources are designed to help teachers integrate learning at the museum and through the visual arts into the classroom curriculum.

Learning to Look

Learning to Look, created by the Hood Museum of Art, is an approach designed to help viewers look carefully and think critically about a work of art. This resource provides a full screen image of one painting in the museum's European collection and guidelines to help you lead a discussion with your students about it. It will introduce you and your students to the five steps involved in exploring a work of art: careful observation, analysis, research, interpretation, and critique. Workshops for teachers on the Learning to Look technique are offered at the Hood Museum of Art periodically throughout the year.

Classroom Activity

This activity will allow students to stage a tableau vivant (living picture) of a work of European art as a way to look carefully and closely at it. This activity has been designed as a pre-visit exercise for students who will tour the European collection at the Hood. It can also be used independent of a museum visit to teach students about storytelling in European art.

Learn More!

This annotated web resource list will allow you and your students to learn more about European art. It includes sites that provide teacher lesson plans on European art.

Please visit the Hood Museum of Art to see a wide range of original works of art from around the world. There is no charge for admission and the museum is open every day of the week except Monday. Free tours for K-12 school groups as well as programs for adults, teens, and families are available. Visit the museum's web site to learn more.


Last Updated: 1/14/09