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.
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.
Students are invited to explore themes of abstraction and collaboratively create Surrealist "automatic drawings" in the style of Jean Arp.
Discover how Barbara Hepworth was influenced by landscape, materials, and ancient monoliths as she created sculpture. Students are asked to consider their own experiences with the environment and create a collage based upon independent research of ancient sculptures.
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.
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.
Manuel Neri's figurative sculptures combine a keen interest in body language and "funk" to address universal experience and emotion.
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.
Artist Joel Shapiro's inventive use of space offers students new perspectives on constructing sculptures with compelling compositions.
Students are asked to consider how verbs can suggest unique approaches to working with materials, as in the work of artist Richard Serra.
The 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.