Read, Write, Create


These classroom resource are designed to connect intermediate and secondary students with primary source texts that offer opportunities for critical thinking and interdisciplinary connections with works in the Nasher collection. Resources include interactive components and TEKS alignment.

Magdalena Abakanowicz standing in front of headless sculpture figuresMagdalena Abakanowicz

Consider the impact of World War II through a firsthand account by artist Magdalena Abakanowicz. Students are asked to use sculpture as a framework for understanding how an individual's behavior may be swayed by the influence of a crowd.

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Jean Arp sitting among his sculptures Jean Arp

Students are invited to explore themes of abstraction and collaboratively create Surrealist "automatic drawings" in the style of Jean Arp.

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Artist Sol Lewitt in his studioSol Lewitt

Learn about the work of artist Sol LeWitt, then create your own set of instructions for a conceptual artwork to be completed by a friend or family member. 

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Artist Ana Mendieta standing next to a wooden sculptureAna Mendieta

Rooted in nature and the body, artist Ana Mendieta's art paved the way for artists of subsequent generations to create works involving identity politics, feminism and performance.

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Artist Manuel Neri standing between plaster figure sculpturesManuel Neri

Manuel Neri's figurative sculptures combine a keen interest in body language and "funk" to address universal experience and emotion.

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Artist Isamu Noguchi standing in front of two of his sculpturesIsamu Noguchi

Discover how Noguchi's Gregory (Effigy) draws upon Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis and the artist's own experiences in an internment camp for Japanese Americans during World War II.

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Artist Joel Shapiro standing among his sculpturesJoel Shapiro

Artist Joel Shapiro's inventive use of space offers students new perspectives on constructing sculptures with compelling compositions.

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Artist Richard Serra flinging lead at a wall in his studioRichard Serra

Students are asked to consider how verbs can suggest unique approaches to working with materials, as in the work of artist Richard Serra.

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Raymond and Patsy Nasher standing in NorthPark construction siteThe Nasher Collection

Examine the purpose and nature of collecting through the lens of the Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection. Students are invited to discuss their own experiences with collecting and to propose an exhibition for the Nasher Garden.  

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