Art Making: Stretching the Canvas
Explore contemporary Indigenous artists and artworks from Stretching the Canvas: Eight Decades of Native Painting, an exhibition at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York City.
- Recognize that Native artists are individuals from different Native nations.
- Identify elements of a painting (e.g., color, line, geometry, shape, design, emotion, rhythm, brush strokes).
- Compare and contrast the modern and traditional elements in a painting.
1: American Indian Cultures
Culture is a result of human socialization. People acquire knowledge and values by interacting with other people through common language, place, and community. In the Americas, there is vast cultural diversity among more than 2,000 tribal groups. Tribes have unique cultures and ways of life that span history from time immemorial to the present day.
2: Time, Continuity, and Change
Indigenous people of the Americas shaped life in the Western Hemisphere for millennia. After contact, American Indians and the events involving them greatly influenced the histories of the European colonies and the modern nations of North, Central, and South America. Today, this influence continues to play significant roles in many aspects of political, legal, cultural, environmental, and economic issues. To understand the history and cultures of the Americas requires understanding American Indian history from Indian perspectives.
Use the calendar below to request a virtual field trip. Please note:
- All program times are in Eastern Time (ET).
- Programs must be requested at least 7 days in advance.
- Registration is now open for January and February virtual field trips. Registration opens on the 1st of each month for the following month. Virtual field trip slots are limited and available first come, first served.
Questions? Contact Group Reservations at NMAI-NYEducators@si.edu.