National Museum of Women in the Arts

The National Museum of Women in the Arts brings recognition to the achievements of women artists of all periods and nationalities by exhibiting, preserving, acquiring, and researching art by women and by teaching the public about their accomplishments. To learn more about how the Women’s Museum champions women through the arts, visit their Member Feature Page. 


Winter Programs
Asterisk (*) indicates synchronous engagement available.

Thinking Routine Thursday: Art and Advocacy *
These resources will encourage students to look closely at developmentally appropriate artworks, contribute respectfully to open-ended discussions, pose questions, share their opinions, and make connections between visual art and their world.
Warm up your students’ looking skills with a close viewing activity. Then, use Harvard Project Zero’s See, Think, Wonder Thinking Routine with images from the provided virtual art gallery. Finally, use Art Making: Zines for a Cause to complete a thematic art project.
If you request a synchronous experience with NMWA educators, your students will practice See, Think, Wonder, along with other HPZ Thinking Routines.
Downloadable materials provided.
Content Areas: Arts
Discipline: Visual Arts
Resource Type: Online or Printable Lesson Plan/ Study Guide
Learning Standards: Art and Advocacy: DCPS’s Arts Framework for Learning for 3rd–5th graders Transformation/Bridging arc; National Core Arts Standards: Visual Arts--Responding (Anchor Standards 7-9) and Connecting (Anchor Standard 11); Common Core State Standards: English Language Arts--Speaking and Listening; and Language
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th
Length: 60 minutes
Accessibility Measures: Closed Captioning, Large Font Print available upon request. 

Thinking Routine Thursday: Make a Wish *
These resources will encourage students to look closely at developmentally appropriate artworks, contribute respectfully to open-ended discussions, pose questions, share their opinions, and make connections between visual art and their world.
Warm up your students’ looking skills with a close viewing activity. Then, use the Harvard Project Zero’s See, Think, Wonder Thinking Routine with images from the provided virtual art gallery. Finally, use Art Making: Artists' Books as Personal Timelines to complete a thematic art project.   
If you request a synchronous experience with NMWA educators, your students will practice See, Think, Wonder, along with other HPZ Thinking Routines.
Downloadable materials provided.
Content Areas: Arts
Discipline: Visual Arts
Resource Type: Online or Printable Lesson Plan/ Study Guide
Learning Standards: Make a Wish: DCPS’s Arts Framework for Learning for 3rd–5th graders Identity/Becoming arc; National Core Arts Standards: Visual Arts--Responding (Anchor Standards 7-9) and Connecting (Anchor Standard 11); Common Core State Standards: English Language Arts--Speaking and Listening; and Language
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th
Length: 60 minutes
Accessibility Measures: Closed Captioning, Large Font Print available upon request. 

Thinking Routine Thursday: Powerful Beyond Measure *
These resources will encourage students to look closely at developmentally appropriate artworks, contribute respectfully to open-ended discussions, pose questions, share their opinions, and make connections between visual art and their world.
Warm up your students’ looking skills with a close viewing activity. Then, use the Harvard Project Zero’s See, Think, Wonder Thinking Routine with images from the provided virtual art gallery. Finally, use Art Making: Create Your Own Self-Portraits to complete a thematic art project.   
If you request a synchronous experience with NMWA educators, your students will practice See, Think, Wonder, along with other HPZ Thinking Routines.
Downloadable materials provided.
Content Areas: Arts
Discipline: Visual Arts
Resource Type: Online or Printable Lesson Plan/ Study Guide
Learning Standards: Powerful Beyond Measure: DCPS’s Arts Framework for Learning for 3rd–5th graders Language/Connecting arc.; National Core Arts Standards: Visual Arts--Responding (Anchor Standards 7-9) and Connecting (Anchor Standard 11); Common Core State Standards: English Language Arts; Speaking and Listening; and Language
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th
Length: 60 minutes
Accessibility Measures: Closed Captioning, Large Font Print available upon request. 

Art, Books, Creativity (ABC) Curriculum
Art, Books, and Creativity (ABC) is an arts integration curriculum developed by the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The curriculum unites visual arts and language arts through the creation of artists’ books, while also maintaining a specific focus on the cultural contributions of women artists. ABC promotes visual literacy and critical thinking by developing students’ skills in observation, reflection, and arts creation.
ABC is designed for use by 4th- and 5th-grade teachers, regardless of their level of training in the arts. The curriculum’s concepts, goals, and activities can be differentiated for use in other grades and learning situations.
Content Areas: Arts, English/Literature
Discipline: Writing/Reading/Journalism, Visual Arts, Hands-On/Lab
Resource Type: Online or Printable Lesson Plan/ Study Guide
Learning Standards: Visual Arts and English Language Arts Common Core
Grades: 4th, 5th (curriculum written for 4th and 5th grades, but is adaptable)

Can You Name Five Women Artists?
During Women’s History Month and beyond, the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) asks the seemingly simple question in person and on social media (#5WomenArtists): Can you name five women artists? This inquiry raises awareness about gender inequity in the art world and beyond. Check out this webpage for facts about and quotes by women artists, graphs and charts addressing art world injustices, videos, and a crossword puzzle.

Content Areas: Arts, Diversity, Equity
Discipline: Visual Arts
Resource Type: Other Interactive Distance Learning Activity/ Online or Printable Resource
Learning Standards: Visual Arts Common Core
Grades: 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Educator's Guide: American People, Black Light: Faith Ringgold’s Paintings of the 1960s 
This resource packet was developed in conjunction with the exhibition American People, Black Light: Faith Ringgold’s Paintings of the 1960s, which was on view at NMWA from June 21–November 10, 2013. The guide contains:

  • Nine digital images
  • Information about the artist and artwork
  • Suggested discussion questions
  • Worksheet and classroom activities
  • Related standards of learning (Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia)
  • Glossary of selected art terms, movements, and historical moments
  • Civil Rights Era quotations that put the artwork in context

Content Areas: English/Literature, Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Arts
Discipline: Visual Arts
Resource Type: Online or Printable Lesson Plan/ Study Guide
Learning Standards: Visual Arts and English Language Arts Common Core
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Educator's Guide: Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today
This resource packet was developed in conjunction with the exhibition Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today, on view at NMWA from October 13, 2017, through January 21, 2018. The guide contains:

  • 11 digital images
  • Elementary school lesson plan
  • High school lesson plan
  • Gallery games adaptable for classroom use
  • Student worksheets
  • Grading rubric

Content Areas: Arts
Discipline: Visual Arts
Resource Type: Online or Printable Lesson Plan/ Study Guide
Learning Standards: Visual Art (Creating, Connecting, and Responding) and English Language Arts Common Core
Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Educator's Guide: Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea
This resource packet was developed in conjunction with the exhibition Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea, which was on view at NMWA from December 5, 2014–April 12, 2015, and the online exhibition A Global Icon: Mary in Context (https://nmwa.org/global-icon). The guide contains:

  • 30 digital images
  • Exhibition labels and thumbnail images for 60+ objects
  • Detailed fact sheets about six women artists
  • Suggested discussion exercises
  • Instructions for a bookmaking activity
  • Glossary of selected material and technique terms

Content Areas: Arts, Religion
Discipline: Visual Arts
Resource Type: Online or Printable Lesson Plan/ Study Guide
Learning Standards: Visual Art (Creating, Connecting, and Responding) and English Language Arts Common Core
Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

NMWA@Home: Story Time with Women in the Arts
Enjoy special NMWA@Home videos - created and curated by NMWA staff to help you stay entertained and safe while you #StayatHome. Story Time with Women in the Arts features books for kids about women artists and/or authored or illustrated by women.
Content Areas: English/Literature
Discipline: Visual Arts
Resource Type: Other Interactive Distance Learning Activity/ Online or Printable Resource
Learning Standards: English Language Arts Common Core standards
Grades: PreK, K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, teachers and parents

See for Yourself Cards
See for Yourself cards correspond to selected works from NMWA’s collection and special exhibitions. Use them to learn about women artists, see and engage with artworks, and discover fascinating facts. Currently 73 cards are accessible.
Content Areas: Arts
Discipline: Visual Arts
Resource Type: Other Interactive Distance Learning Activity/ Online or Printable Resource
Learning Standards: Visual Arts Common Core
Grades: Early Childhood (0-5), PreK, K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Slow Looking Activities
This Slow Looking How-To guide offers artwork selections from the National Museum of Women in the Arts as well as a variety of prompts--including writing, art making, and movement exercises--to engage learners in multi-modal slow looking experiences.
Content Areas: English/Literature, Arts
Discipline: Writing/Reading/Journalism, Visual Arts
Resource Type: Other Interactive Distance Learning Activity/ Online or Printable Resource
Learning Standards: National Visual Arts standards and English Language Art Common Core standards
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


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Thinking Routine Thursdays 
Presented by: National Museum of Women in the Arts

These age-specific tours, led by museum educators at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, use Harvard Project Zero's Thinking Routines to engage students in an active process of learning about art from the 16th century to today. Students look closely at three to five developmentally appropriate artworks, contribute respectfully to open-ended discussions, pose questions, respond in writing, and make connections between visual art and their world. 
These tours are designed to improve students’ vocabulary; observation and inference skills; and their ability to identify various artistic techniques and media. 
Dates: 5/7/20; 5/14/20; 5/21/20; 5/28/20; 6/4/20; 6/11/20
Time: 10:00 AM (1:00 PM on select dates)
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005
Discipline: Visual Arts/ Photography/ Film
Curriculum Connections: English/ Language Arts, Diversity, DCPS Framework for Arts Learning, History/Geography
Grades: 3rd - 5th
Ticket capacity: 40 per date 

Supplementary Materials: VideoPre and Post LessonsSee Think Wonder RoutineMaking Thinking Visible; Chaperone Guidelines 

Thinking Routine Thursdays 
Presented by: National Museum of Women in the Arts

These age-specific tours, led by museum educators at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, use Harvard Project Zero's Thinking Routines to engage students in an active process of learning about art from the 16th century to today. Students look closely at three to five developmentally appropriate artworks, contribute respectfully to open-ended discussions, pose questions, respond in writing, and make connections between visual art and their world. 
These tours are designed to improve students’ vocabulary; observation and inference skills; and their ability to identify various artistic techniques and media. 
Dates:1/9/20; 1/16/20; 1/23/20; 1/30/20; 2/6/20; 2/13/20; 2/27/20; 3/5/20; 3/12/20; 3/19/20
Time: 10:00 AM 
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005
Discipline: Visual Arts/ Photography/ Film
Curriculum Connections: English/ Language Arts, Diversity, DCPS Framework for Arts Learning, History/Geography
Grades: 3rd - 5th
Ticket capacity: 40 per date 

Supplementary Materials: VideoPre and Post LessonsSee Think Wonder RoutineMaking Thinking Visible; Chaperone Guidelines 

 


 

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