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From Farm to Table
May 2013

Go on a delicious adventure to learn about food-related artworks from around the world.

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The Lasting Impression of French Impressionism

Learn what made French Impressionism so radical in the late 19th century and so influential in subsequent times.

The Art of Realism
January 2013

What's real? See for yourself how five artists represent the reality of their - or other - worlds.

Money Tree
November 2012

Flying horses, monkeys, and money bring this tree to life - forever!

Identity and Prestige in Mayan Textiles
September 2012

Discover how the designs of Mayan textiles from Mexico and Guatemala communicate identity and status.

Dear Diary—Never Since We Left Prague
May 2012

Discover the intriguing world of the painter Leonora Carrington.

Don't Knock Wood
March 2012

Explore the versatile art of wood from around the world.

Lew Alcindor, basketball player, 61st Street and Amsterdam Avenue, New York, May 2, 1963
January 2012

This photograph embodies the stories of two superstars-artist and athlete.

Making Peace
November 2011

These five diverse artworks represent stories about peace

Japanese Samurai Armor

This 400-year-old Japanese suit of armor is beautiful and ready for battle.

Art and the Court of Burgundy
January 2011

Explore art of medieval France in "The Mourners: Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy," a special exhibition at the MIA, January 23 to April 17, 2011.

Bella Coola Frontlet
September 2010

This ceremonial headdress was created in a rich environment and culture.

Math in Art
March 2010

Discover the many ways artists use math in creating their masterpieces.

Korean Dragon Jar
January 2010

A playful dragon communicates the artistry of a Korean ceramic tradition.

The Art of Identification
November 2009

Discover the different ways artists identify themselves on their works of art.

Theseus Slaying the Centaur Bianor
September 2009

In this sculpture by Antoine-Louis Barye, ancient Greek art meets 18th century artistic trends.

Edgar Degas
April 2009

Experience the art and look at the life of Edgar Degas.

Asmat Bis Pole
February 2009

Discover the two worlds of the Asmat – one of the living and one of the spirits.

Minnesota Artists
March 2009

Each making art in a different way, the artists featured here all added something to the story of Minnesota.

Album Quilt
January 2009

Special stitches and symbolic images tie this quilt together.

You Are What You Wear
December 2008

Five artworks that show how the things you wear tell about who you are.

Miao Festival Outfit
November 2008

For the Miao people of southwestern China, nothing is more valuable, or more telling, than their elaborate, handcrafted festival wear.

Benin Head
October 2008

How do we honor our leaders? This sculpture is fit for a king.

Everyday Art
September 2008

See how artists make the ordinary extraordinary.

The Gamblers
May 2008

In most games there are winners and losers—and sometimes cheaters.

Animals in Art
April 2008

Artists show their love of animals.

Japanese Kimono
March 2008

Imagine wearing a stylish Japanese kimono.

Money and Trade
February 2008

Spending and saving through times and places.

Golden Bird

An abstract bird soars in fanciful flight.

It's About Time
December 2007

These five artworks have time on their side.

Weather or Not
November 2007

Weather is a popular topic for discussion. It’s also a favorite subject for artists.

Pedernal-From the Ranch #1
October 2007

An artist shows us her favorite place through a unique lens.

Art of the Apsaalooka
September 2007

Horses are honored for the changes they have brought to life on the Great Plains.

Japanese Ukiyo-e Prints
May 2007

Layers of artistry form "pictures of the floating world."

Inuit Figures
April 2007

Learn about the animals of the Arctic.

Music and Art
March 2007

Colorful sounds abound in these five works of art.

Paul Revere Tea Service
February 2007

Discover the artistry of a famous patriot.

Tiger Pillow
January 2007

A pillow like this could mean a good night of sleep - and good luck for its owner.

Goya's Self-Portrait with Dr. Arrieta
December 2006

A painter thanks his doctor for saving his life—by painting a portrait.

Henri Matisse
November 2006

Drawings, paintings, sculptures, prints, and collages - Henri Matisse was a master artist like no other.

Getting from Here to There
October 2006

Five artworks show us different ways to get around.

Asante Kente Cloth
September 2006

A West African tradition weaves together colors, symbols and status.

Building a Museum
May 2006

The dreams of Twin Cities art lovers of a century ago continue to take shape.

April 2006

See what happens when artists set out to change our view of reality.

Insects in Art
March 2006

Even the smallest creatures can inspire artists.

Italian Half Armor
February 2006

This Renaissance soldier’s armor was designed to keep him alive—and fashionable.

Kuba Yet Belt
January 2006

Shapes and patterns reinforced the power of a Kuba king in central Africa.

American Scenes
December 2005

Explore the diverse American landscape through the experiences of five artists.

Lakota Winter Count
November 2005

Pictures held the key to history for the Lakota people of the Great Plains.

Ink Tablet in the Form of a Tortoise
October 2005

Learn why this little tortoise was such a prized possession for a Chinese scholar.

Around the World at the Time of Columbus
September 2005

Let art take you on a journey around a world about to change forever.

Everything Under the Sun
May 2005

Everyone, everywhere and in every time, has experienced the sun. See how ideas about the sun have appeared in art from a variety of cultures.

Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts
April 2005

Discover the art of bookmaking.

Japanese Tiger and Dragon
March 2005

Two powerful animals represent the forces of the universe.

American Period Rooms
February 2005

Recreations of historical rooms offer a glimpse into the lives of five American families.

Virgin and Child in a Landscape
January 2005

A 15th century painter saw spirituality everywhere in the world around him.

Beauford Delaney's Untitled
December 2004

Take a look at a painting that marks a transition in an artist's career.

Color My World
November 2004

Compare how five artists from around the world used color to communicate.

Chinese Scholar's Study
October 2004

Discover a place to connect with nature through poetry, painting, and music.

Village Story Blanket
September 2004

An embroidered blanket tells the story of traditional Hmong life.

View of Fort Snelling
May 2004

A simple landscape tells the story of Minnesota's early history.

African Masks and Masquerades
April 2004

Learn the meanings behind the masks. French translation available under "Related Activities" inside this issue.

Portrait of an Older Woman
March 2004

A close look at a portrait of an unknown Roman woman reveals more than just what her face looked like.

February 2004

A shirt created to honor a Plains Indian warrior tells the story of a changing way of life.

Indian Art
January 2004

The art of India, birthplace of three major religions, provides an introduction to a fascinating culture.

The Skaters
December 2003

Learn about Max Beckmann's depiction of a favorite wintertime activity. German translation available under "Related Activities" inside this issue.

Art of the Ancient Americas
November 2003

The people of the ancient Americas were as varied as the landscapes they lived in, but their art has some qualities in common. Spanish translation available under "Related Activities" inside this issue.

With All Due Respect
Educators' Evening
October 2003

People everywhere have used art to honor someone they admire. Compare five examples to explore a variety of ways art can express respect.

Portrait of George Washington
September 2003

Meet George Washington–general, president, and symbol of a nation. Spanish translation available under "Related Activities" inside this issue.

Find Yourself Face to Face

Get familiar with faces found at the museum.

A Sense of Place

What gives meaning to a place? How does an artist create a sense of place? Explore these questions through five artworks from different times and cultures.

Curriculum Materials
Mexican Prints

Mexican Prints at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Obra Gráfica Mexicana en el Instituto de Arte de Minneapolis) provides a close-up look at fourteen prints from the collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) made by a selection of Mexico’s leading artists from 1890 to 2010. This resource is designed to be relevant to visual arts, social studies, English language arts, Spanish language, and interdisciplinary lessons for students in grades 6 to 12. Guiding questions and activities encourage students to look closely at, analyze, and communicate about each of the works of art using various methods ranging from discussion and writing to art creation.

These materials are not designed as a curriculum of sequenced lessons. Instead, the components are intended as springboards for you to integrate into your curriculum or use as a discrete lesson plan to challenge your students and meet their curricular needs. We have provided a list of Minnesota state standards that can be supported by using these materials.

Reproduction, including downloading of the individual image files of Toledo, Jiménez, Orozco, Rivera, Siqueiros, and Cuevas works is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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Mexican Prints single-page format (Spanish) »
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Additional Resources

MIA Inside/Out: The Battle of Everyouth
This new curriculum guide is a resource for 8th–12th-grade educators of English Language Arts, Geography, and Visual Arts. These materials are not a traditional curriculum, but rather a springboard for teachers to design their own units around these big questions: Violence & Me, The Collateral Damage of Violent Conflict, Non-Violence—Is It Humanly Possible?, Artists on the Subject of Violence & War, and Faith, Loyalty, Pride, Morality, Security & Violence. The units and learning activities contextualize the museum resources provided, including high-resolution images, background information, and discussion questions for 15 artworks from the MIA’s collection.

Battle of Everyouth single-page format »
Battle of Everyouth book format »

Young People's Ofrenda: Expressions of Life and Remembrance
Classroom curriculum about this project is available in Spanish and in English.

Ofrenda Teacher's Guide »
Guía para maestros »


Art of the Native Americans: Thaw Collection

Download (.pdf) classroom curriculum and high quality images from the Fenimore Art Museum and the MIA's permanent collection.

Online Resources

ArtsConnectEd ScreenshotArtsConnectEd is a joint project of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Walker Art Center. Through the site the complementary art collections and education resources of these two museums are shared with K-12 educators and their students, higher education scholars, and an international public. Explore over 100,000 resources in the Art Finder, including works of art, texts, audio, video, and interactive resources. Save, customize, present, and share items in the redesigned Art Collector. Comment, tag, and rate everything!

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