Art in New Orleans

Curruiculm Objectives/Suggested Activities
Art Supplies & Tools
2002 -- Tree of Necklaces, Jean-Michel Othoniel
--- The 1970's ---
1970's -- Robert Indiana, LOVE, Red Blue
1979 -- Three Figures and Four Benches, George Segal
1975 -- Reclining Mother and Child, Henry Moore
1973 -- Four Lines Oblique, George Rickey
1971 -- Una Battaglia, Arnaldo Pomodoro
1979-80 -- Two Sitting Figures, Lynn Chadwick
--- The 1960's ---
1967 -- The Labors of Alexander, René Magritte
1965 -- River Form, Barbara Hepworth
--- The 1990's ---
1999 -- Claes Oldenburg, Safety Pin
1999 -- Restrained (Horse), Deborah Butterfield
1995 -- Spider, Louise Bourgeois
1991 -- Joel Shapiro, Untitled
--- The 1980's ---
1989 -- Rebus 3D-89-3, Ida Kohlmeyer
1987 -- Standing Man With Outstretched Arms, Stephen De Staebler
1983 -- Pablo Casals Obelisk, Arman
1949-57 -- Sacrifice III, Jacques Lipchitz
Ossip Zadkine, La Poetesse
Week 8 -- Hyams Fountain, 1921
Quick Review -- Weeks 1 -- 7
Week 9
Week 10 -- McFadden House -- 1920
Week 11 -- Reggie Bush Stadium
Week 11 -- Enrique Alferez -- City Park
Week 11 -- Enrique Alferez -- Fountain of the Winds
Week 12 -- Enrique Alferez -- Shushan Airport
Week 12 -- Enrique Alferez - marble chip and granite cast -- Molly Marine
Week 12 -- Story Land
Week 12 -- Blaine Kern -- Papier-mâché -- Mardi Gras Floats
Week 13 -- Hines Carousel -- Carved Wood
Week 13 -- New Orleans Museum of Art
Week 14 -- WPA in New Orleans
Week 15 -- Ida Kohlmeyer
Week 16 -- Review
Week 17 -- More Enrique Alfarez
Clark Mills -- Bronze Sculpture -- Andrew Jackson
Emmanuel Fremiet -- Joan of Arc
1897 - John McDonogh
Alexander Doyle - Margaret Haughery
Alexander Doyle -- Robert E. Lee
P.G.T. Beauregard
1860 - Henry Clay
Vietnam Veterans Monument
Louis Armstrong
Korean War Memorial
1910 - Jefferson Davis
1872 - Benjamin Franklin
1957 - Simon Boliva
World War II
World War I
Lin Emery
Woldenberg Park
Clarence John Laughlin
John Churchill Chase -- The Rummel Raider
André Breton -- Surrealist
Chalmette Monument
Liberty Monument
Arthur Q. Davis -- The Super Dome
1909 -- Antoine Bourdelle, Hercules the Archer
Wrought ironwork
Caroline Wogan Durieux
Daniel French -- Copper & Bronze -- The Ladies
Edgar Degas
Audubon Park
Abstract Expressionism
Art Nouveau (1880's -- 1920's)
Arts and Crafts Movement (1910 -- 1925)
Art Deco (1910 until 1939)
Baroque period
Contemporary Art
Figurative Style
German Expressionism
Kinetic Sculpture
Mobile (sculpture)
Modern Art
Murano glass
Negative space
New Deal
Nouveau Realism
Pop Art
WPA [Works Progress Administration]
Curruiculm Objectives/Suggested Activities
Bibliography and Suggested Reading
Church Statues
Smithsonian Art Inventories Catalog (New Orleans)



Following are suggestions for classroom activities and research projects. In parenthesis you will find coordinating Benchmarks from the Louisiana Department of Education’s State Standards for Curriculum Development:



          • The map of Europe has changed numerous times since the beginning of the 20th century. Research the countries in Europe that were either created or dissolved after World War I and World War II. Compare a map from 1900 to a map of present day. (G-1A-E2; G-1C-E6; G-1B-H1, H4; G-1C-H4, H6, M7)


          • On a map of Europe and North America, denote the major bodies of water and discuss each type. What are the major rivers that run through each continent? What cities are near these major water ways? Compare those cities and rivers in Europe to the Mississippi River and major cities in the United States. On a smaller scale, draw a map of City Park. Include in your map the lagoons, walkways and roads and the outdoor activity sites. (G-1B-E1; G-1B-M2, M3)


          • Research the various climates, vegetation and resources of different countries like France, Belgium and Italy. Compare and contrast your findings to the climates, vegetation and resources of the United States. (G-1B-E4; G-1C-E2, E4; G-1D-E4; G-1B-H1, H3)


          • Compare the populations of Paris and New Orleans from the 1920s. What are their populations today? What are the similarities and differences in both cultures? (G-1B-E2; G-1C-M3, M4; G-1C-H2)



          • Write a descriptive interpretation of Magritte’s and Moore’s sculptures from the image list. (ELA-2-E1, M1, H1, H5, ELA -7-E4, M4, H4)


          • Research the mythology behind Renoir’s Venus Victorious. Retell the story in contemporary language. (ELA-2, ELA-5, ELA-6)


                        • Research and write a report on a twentieth century art movement. (ELA-2)




          • Calculate the distance between Zurich and Paris, Moscow and Munich, New York City and Paris, and New York and New Orleans in both miles and kilometers. What is the shortest distance to travel to these places? Draw a graph to display the distances between all cities.


(N-4-E, M, N-6-E, M; M-1-E, M; M-4-E; M-5-M)

            • Use the map of the Sculpture Garden and choose a set of four sculptures located near each other. Walk the distances between your four sculptures using the heel to toe method. Measure your foot and calculate the distances between all sculptures. Compare the distances and give ratios for all sets of combinations. (M-1-E, M-3-E, M-2-M, M-6-M, M-3,H)


          • Find the average yearly temperature in degrees Fahrenheit of the five cities listed above and convert the temperature to Celsius. (M-1-E; M-4-E; M-5-M)


          • Look at Lipchitz’ Sacrifice III and George Rickey’s Four Oblique Lines from the image list. Compare and contrast the lines and shapes. Discuss the ways in which the shapes in a sculpture affect the overall composition. How do the shapes convey movement? (G-1-E, H, G-2-M)



          • Write a brief history of the life of an avant garde artist in Europe during World War II. (H-1D-E1, E3; H-1A-M2; H-1C-M17; H-1C-H10)


          • Discuss why the Dada movement was spawned by the effects of World War I. (C-1D-H1; H-1D-E3; H-1A-M2; H-1C-M17)


          • How did the governments change in the countries of Europe during and after World War I? World War II? Draw a map of the countries in Europe for each of these periods. Include the capitals, major rivers, mountain ranges, languages, dominant religions and major industries and crops. How did the changes affect people? Which artists chose to leave Europe for the United States and why? (G-1A-E3, M2; G-1B-E1, E2, E3, E4; G-1C-H2, H4, H5; C-1A-E6, M2, H2; H-1C-M17; H-1C-H13, H14, H15)


          • How did the Jewish population in Germany, France, and Italy change before and after World War II? What other countries had a dramatic shift in Jewish population? Discuss the holocaust in Europe. What other groups were singled out by the Nazis? (G-1C-E3; C-1C-E1, M1; H-1A-M6; H-1C-M17; H-1B-H13; H-1C-H13)


          • What was the American involvement in World War I and II? Research your family history to find relatives who were involved in either of the two wars. How did the wars affect the civilians living in the U.S.? What writers or artists were involved in the wars? (C-1C-M2, M3, H1, H2; C-1D-M3; H-1B-M16, M17; H-1C-M17; H-1B-H10, H11, H13; H-1C-H13)



          • What are some of the major technological inventions of the 20th century? How had this progress affect society? How did artists express the changes in technology in their writings and art? (H-1D-E2; H-1C-M17)


          • Discuss and research the Great Depression. How did it affect not only artists but the general population in America? Take a tour of City Park and other areas in New Orleans that were redesigned during the Great Depression. (H-1C-E1, E3; H-era 8)



          • Keep a pencil and a pad of paper by your bed. After having a dream, jot down the dream as you best remember it. Transform the dream into a visual image. (Benchmarks 2, 7, K-12)


          • What art styles developed at the same time as Surrealism in Europe and the US? Make a painting in the style of Surrealism and two other styles that developed at this time. (Benchmarks 1, 4, K-12)


          • Create a sculpture using only the basic shapes of a cone, sphere, and cube. (CE-1VA, Benchmark 3)


          Twentieth century artists such as Bourgeois and Segal found new ways to express emotions through form. Construct a painting or sculpture to express anger, joy, sadness, or fear. (HP-3VA, CA-4VA)


          Discuss abstraction versus realism. Paint or draw a realistic landscape or still-life. Create the same subject in the style of De Staebler, Butterfield, Chadwick and Moore. (CE-1VA-H4)


          Listen to three types of music such as Classical, Jazz and Rock. Choose a subject and draw three different artworks with each style of music. How does the music change your emotion? How does your artwork change with each music style?


          As a class project, design gates for the front of your school. What kind of symbols would you include? Use Scott’s Spiritgates near the entrance of the Sculpture Garden as an inspiration.


Source: The New Orleans Museum of Art


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