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DIA At Home | Writing & Discussion Activities

Engage students of all ages with these three fun and easy-to-use gallery activities. Use the suggested images, which can be searched for at dia.org, or use your own images!
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Detroit Collects Scavenger Hunt

Students use this Scavenger Hunt to explore and make personal connections to the Detroit Collects exhibition.
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Terra cotta busts of Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, made in the 18th century by Jean-Antoine Houdon

The Impact of Benjamin Franklin and George Washington

Using Jean-Antoine Houdon’s portraits of Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, students will explore the life stories of these figures to deepen their understanding of the importance of individual political and social contributions during the American Revolutionary period.
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Perceptions of the Founding Generation

Students will use the Houdon exhibit to analyze different ways Benjamin Franklin and George Washington were perceived in the face of many challenges and conflicts during the American Revolutionary period.
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James Bowdoin, 1746–47 Oil on Canvas Joseph Badger American, 1708–65 Founders Society Purchase, Gibbs-Williams Fund, DIA NO. 58.354

Picturing Identity: Exploring Portraiture at the DIA

Through exploration of portraiture and self-portraiture across time and cultures in the DIA’s collection, students will understand how artists use pose, symbolism, clothing, facial expression, objects and other details t...

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