Strategies for Using Norman Rockwell in the Classroom: This lesson plan suggests how to practice close-observation skills to support the visual arts and science, and makes connections with language arts, social studies, and visual arts curricula.
Design-a-Mag: Using Norman Rockwell’s Saturday Evening Post covers from a variety of eras as inspiration, students examine magazine covers to discover the ways in which a magazine cover’s headlines and graphics express the main ideas of the articles inside. Students then select a contemporary article from a newspaper. They analyze its content and create their own Saturday Evening Post cover that summarizes the information contained in the article. Students also choose a political cartoon from which the text has been erased and provide their own text for the image. The product serves as their “letter from the editor.”
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Some ancient myths say Vietnamese people are descendants of a dragon and a fairy. Lotus flowers are important because they represent purity or goodness. Can you find these dragons and lotus blossoms?
Help Bart find his friends with wings. They are flying all over the Museum!
August 26, 2012 – December 2, 2012 // bOhOrFOush gAllery
Taken from the Museum’s permanent collection, Intimate Interiors presents portraits of intimate moments and spaces including places of religious worship, bedrooms, and entertaining. It is within these spaces that we are at our most comfortable, and oftentimes most vulnerable. The works showcased in this exhibition are alternatives to the racist images of blacks encountered daily in the global visual culture. As cultural critic bell hooks states: the image is not about good or bad, but about “transforming... creating alternatives, asking ourselves questions about what types of images subvert, pose critical alternatives, and transform our worldviews and move us away from dualistic thinking about good and bad.” By exhibiting alternative images, we encourage dialogue about the similarities we all share while celebrating black cultural experiences.
This exhibition is made possible by the generous support of Cadence Bank.
September 16, 2012 – January 6, 2013 // Jemison Galleries
This fall, the Birmingham Museum of Art will host Norman Rockwell’s America, an in-depth look at the life and work of America’s favorite illustrator. Rockwell’s six-decade career coincided with one of the most eventful periods in American history, spanning four wars, the Great Depression, the space race, and the Civil Rights Movement, all vividly depicted in his work. The exhibition includes 52 original paintings and drawings, and all 323 Saturday Evening Post covers Rockwell created between 1916 and 1963. Organized by the National Museum of American Illustration in Newport, Rhode Island, the exhibition premiered to critical and popular acclaim at London’s Dulwich Picture Gallery in December 2010. Visitors to the exhibition will also enjoy a supplemental exhibition focusing on Norman Rockwell’s work for The Coca-Cola Company, as well as an exhibition of illustrations from the BMA’s permanent collection, including works by Frederic Remington, N. C. Wyeth, and Maxfield Parrish.
Norman Rockwell’s America was organized by the National Museum of American Illustration in Newport, Rhode Island. Local presentation is made possible by Regions Bank. Additional support provided by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, Vulcan Materials Company Foundation, the City of Birmingham, the Members and Corporate Partners of the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Alabama Tourism Department, the Alabama State Council on the Arts, and The Friends of Rockwell.
Second Saturdays, 10–11am
In this program for adults, specially trained docents present the permanent collection by means of verbal descriptions, three-dimensional tactile models based on original works of art, and sculpture. The experience may be enhanced by related music and/or art-making to provide multi-sensory access to the visual arts.
FREE. Space is limited; reservations are required. To reserve your spot, call 205.254.2964. Visually Impaired Program tours are also available for school-age or adult groups; for more information, click here or call 205.254.2964.
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