Picturing America

Picturing America

Picturing America, an exciting new initiative from the National Endowment for the Humanities, brings masterpieces of American art into classrooms and libraries nationwide. Through this innovative program, students and citizens will gain a deeper appreciation of our country’s history and character through the study and understanding of its art.

The nation’s artistic heritage—our paintings, sculpture, architecture, fine crafts, and photography—offers unique insights into the character, ideals, and aspirations of our country.

Picturing America Websites

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Picturing America on Screen

Picturing America on Screen

Picturing America on Screen is an NEH-funded documentary film project produced by Channel 13, WNET, New York. A group of 25 films created by 9 talented directors presents a sampling of Picturing America ranging from ancient Anasazi pottery to the sculpture of Martin Puryear.

Picturing America Student Resources

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<a href="/student-resource/benjamin-franklins-many-hats-hiram-powers-statue">Benjamin Franklin's Many “Hats”: Hiram Powers statue</a>

Benjamin Franklin's Many “Hats”: Hiram Powers statue

4b HIRAM POWERS [1805–1873], Benjamin Franklin, 1862. Picturing America Teacher's Resource Book

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Composition Basics: Botticelli Line Drawing

3. Compose a Visual Symphony: Pulling towards the Center

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Composition Basics: Carpaccio Diagram 1 (Figure 8)

2. Compose a Visual Symphony: Variety of Visions

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Composition Basics: Carpaccio Line Drawing

2. Compose a Visual Symphony: Variety of Visions

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Composition Basics: Catlin (Dance) Diagram 1 (Triangle)

2. Compose a Visual Symphony: Variety of Visions

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Composition Basics: Catlin (Dance) Diagram 2 (ellipse)

2. Compose a Visual Symphony: Variety of Visions

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Composition Basics: Catlin (Dance) Line Drawing

2. Compose a Visual Symphony: Variety of Visions

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Composition Basics: Catlin (Paris Diagram Figure 2 (ellipse)

2. Compose a Visual Symphony: Variety of Visions

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Composition Basics: Catlin (Paris) Diagram Figure 1 (oval)

2. Compose a Visual Symphony: Variety of Visions

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Composition Basics: Catlin (Paris) Line Drawing

2. Compose a Visual Symphony: Variety of Visions

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Composition Basics: Conegliano Diagram 1 (triangle)

3. Compose a Visual Symphony: Pulling towards the Center

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Composition Basics: Conegliano Line Drawing

3. Compose a Visual Symphony: Pulling towards the Center

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Composition Basics: David Diagram 1 (ellipse)

3. Compose a Visual Symphony: Pulling towards the Center

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Emmanuel Leutze's Washington Crossing the Delaware

Roll over the image to explore the areas of the painting, clicking to bring up the descriptive pop-ups. Make notes in the pop-up's tabs to prepare you for the follow-on multiple-choice questions (under "Test Your Knowledge"), and answer the essay questions on the pop-up tabs. After completing these tasks, follow the instructions for printing out your answers and notes, and you can also print the image istself.

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Launchpad: Composition Basics (Student)

In this launchpad, students learn the definition of composition in the visual arts and some of its most basic components.

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<a href="/student-resource/launchpad-paul-revere">Launchpad: Paul Revere</a>

Launchpad: Paul Revere

Read the directions and make use of the resources this LaunchPad is linked to to gain a better understanding and appreciation of Wood's painting.

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Line in the Visual Arts: Line drawing of Grien’s painting

3. What Kind of Lines?

Hans Baldung Grien’s Man of Sorrows

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Line in the Visual Arts: Line drawing of Rice’s painting

2. In the Line of Sight

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Line in the Visual Arts: Line drawing of Waugh’s painting

2. In the Line of Sight

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Line in the Visual Arts: Woods diagram 1

1. Lining Up

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<a href="/student-resource/midnight-ride-paul-revere-fact-fiction-and-artistic-license">Midnight Ride of Paul Revere: Fact, Fiction, and Artistic License</a>

Midnight Ride of Paul Revere: Fact, Fiction, and Artistic License

This student interactive, from an EDSITEment lesson plan, allows students to explore Grant Wood's painting, "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere"

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Repetition in the Visual Arts: Bellows diagram 1

3. Working together: Form and Color
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Repetition in the Visual Arts: Biggers diagram 1

3. Working together: Form and Color

John Biggers’ Shotgun, Third Ward #1

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Repetition in the Visual Arts: Biggers diagram 2

3. Working together: Form and Color

John Biggers’ Shotgun, Third Ward #1

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Repetition in the Visual Arts: Crite Diagram 1

2. Repetition and the Use of Color

Alan Rohan Crite’s School’s Out

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Repetition in the Visual Arts: Crite Line Drawing

2. Repetition and the Use of Color

Alan Rohan Crite’s School’s Out

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Repetition in the Visual Arts: Diagram 1

1. Practice Makes Perfect? Introducing Repetition in Composition

Claude Monet’s Palazzo del Mula Venice

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Repetition in the Visual Arts: Johnson Diagram 3

2. Repetition and the Use of Color

William H. Johnson’s Harlem Street

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Repetition in the Visual Arts: Line drawing for Bellows

3. Working together: Form and Color
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Repetition in the Visual Arts: Line drawing for Biggers

3. Working together: Form and Color

John Biggers’ Shotgun, Third Ward #1

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Robert Gould Shaw and the Massachusetts 54th

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Symmetry and Balance: Avercamp Line Drawing

1. Mirror, Mirror: Symmetry in Painting

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Symmetry and Balance: Benton Line Drawing

1. Mirror, Mirror: Symmetry in Painting

  • Thomas Hart Benton’s Trail Rider
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    <a href="/student-resource/road-santa-fe-interactive-map">The Road to Santa Fe:  Interactive Map</a>

    The Road to Santa Fe: Interactive Map

    Come along with EDSITEment this summer and discover the multilayered heritage of the peoples who call New Mexico their homeland. Our virtual road trip will take us through the terrain and annals of American history which characterize this remarkable landscape.