Recently, I had the chance to collaborate with the fabulous 8th Grade Social Studies team at my school. As part of their curriculum, they discovered the significance of the landscape artists of the Hudson River School. After a brief art history presentation of the hidden qualities of these paintings, students ventured across the country into the pop-up mini galleries. Using iPads to access QR codes, students compared and contrasted selected works of the portfolios Hudson River School artists and journeyed along the path in which an artist made their plein-air sketches before returning to their studio to paint. Students then used formative and extended their knowledge with a S’More.
Finally, students were challenged to take a photograph that illustrates the style of the Hudson River School artists over their Spring Break.