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…But What Does It Mean? Symbolism in Artwork

Have students create a mural that symbolizes aspects of their classroom–have each student pick an animal that represents them and scenery that reveals something about their classroom community. Extend the study of symbolism and critical analysis of artwork to other American painters. Benjamin West's Penn's Treaty with the Indians and Edward Hicks" Peaceable Kingdom are suggestions of two key works by prominent Pennsylvania artists to explore.

Field Trips

Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Philadelphia Museum of Art has a permanent collection with many representations of the early Republic. They also have many educational programs for children that explore art history.

Ben Franklin Parkway and 26th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts has an outstanding permanent collection highlighting Pennsylvania art history and artist. They also routinely have special exhibitions relating to the same subject matter.

118 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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