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The following classroom lesson plans are for teachers who are planning a trip to the Museum. They examine objects and themes in the museum collection, and tie them to the Maine State Learning Results.
Artists Lesson Plans

Lesson: Alex Katz

Artist Alex Katz has created important art works in the style of modern realism. His paintings and prints explore light, landscape, time, fashion, and human relationships. Katz’s trademark techniques include: pouncing (perforating a drawing and dusting it with chalk to transfer an image to canvas); using billboard-scale canvasses, and painting in strong flat colors. These techniques showcase composition, scale, light (natural and artificial) and the ephemeral nature of moments in time. His works appear deceptively minimal, and yet they contain a blunt and aggressive beauty. Go to this lesson plan »

Lesson: Claes Oldenburg

Claes Oldenburg is well known for his large scale sculptures and for being a leader in the Pop art movement. Oldenburg radically changed the size of ordinary objects and used unexpected materials in making them. Have you ever seen a spoon with a cherry the size of a three-story building? He made a sculpture like this to be used in the outside garden fountain in Minneapolis! Go to this lesson plan »

Lesson: Richard Serra 4-5-6

Installed in the museum's courtyard in July 2000, Richard Serra's three-part sculpture, 4-5-6-was created specifically for the Paul J. Schupf Sculpture Court and scaled to echo the museum walls that surround it. The title "4-5-6" comes from the 4'x5'x6' dimensions of three identical, 30- ton masses, forged from solid COR-TEN steel, a material that oxidizes naturally to weatherproof the sculpture and produce the warm color fundemental to the sculpture's aesthetic. Each of the block-shaped elements rests on a different face to create the illusion that they are different sizes. Go to this lesson plan »