Are you American art smart?
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Museum is currently unable to offer Museum Outreach Presentations at this time.
Sharing our love of American art is what we do every day through outreach presentations and tours.
Museum Outreach Presentations
Museum Outreach Presentations provide interesting, age-appropriate, interactive presentations that highlight the Museum’s outstanding collection of American and southwestern Pennsylvania art. Presentations are facilitated by expert Museum docents and last approximately 45 minutes. Let us bring the Museum’s collection to your community group, nursing home, school or other venue and enrich your members, residents and students.
Fee: $40 per session and $20 for each additional session on the same day. The Museum can include repetitive presentations of one topic, if requested. To learn more, contact the Education Department at 724.837.1500 x141 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scheduling: Schedule outreach presentations at least two weeks in advance.
Museum Outreach topics
Each provides essential elements for student learning in Arts and Humanities for grades 3–12, meeting targets of Academic Standards 9.2 Historical and Cultural Contexts; 9.3 Critical Response; and 9.4 Aesthetic Response.
WHAT’S INSIDE? A LOOK AT THE PERMANENT COLLECTION OF THE WESTMORELAND MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART
Explore highlights of the Museum’s collection of American art in portraits, still lifes, landscapes, and early 20th century modernism. See paintings, decorative arts, and sculpture by artists including John Singleton Copley, William Michael Harnett, George Inness, and Alfred Maurer, that parallel developments in art history from mid-18th to the modern era.
AMERICAN HISTORY THROUGH ART: 1750 – PRESENT DAY
Trace American history through the eyes of artists whose work is closely tied to the period in which they lived. (Also meets targets for Academic Standards for History 8.2 Pennsylvania History and 8.3 United States History.)
VALLEY OF WORK: SCENES OF INDUSTRY
Discover how artists paid tribute to the industrial heritage of southwestern Pennsylvania through works of art that illuminate the drama and power of the region’s industrial era. (Also meets targets for Academic Standards for History: 8.2 Pennsylvania History.)
WHAT DOES THE PICTURE TELL YOU?
Narrative and genre paintings can describe literature, myth, or real life experiences. Examine the work of artists whose stories range from simple to complex, from real to imaginary.
IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD: AMERICAN LANDSCAPE PAINTING
From Hudson River School painting to explorations of the majestic mountains of the West, from the pastoral to the industrial, learn the many different ways artists interpreted the American landscape.
THE ART OF THE PORTRAIT
Examine the range of styles used by artists to make portraits. See how they used their creativity to transfer/translate the likeness of their sitter onto canvas.
WHAT IS A STILL LIFE?
Examine the evolution/development of still life painting, from a simple tabletop arrangement of fruit to an abstract composition of colors and shapes.
EARLY AMERICAN PAINTING, FOLK ART, AND DECORATIVE ARTS
Experience the work of both formally trained and untrained artists, from utilitarian objects such as quilts, redware, samplers and fraktur to sophisticated portraits and furniture design.
WOMEN IN ART
Experience the work of women artists from mid-nineteenth to mid-twentieth century and see how each approached subject matter, from the traditional flower still life to non-traditional scenes of industry. (Also meets targets for Academic Standards for History 8.3: United States History.)
Due to Covid-19 restrictions and limited access during our hours of operation, the Museum is currently unable to offer docent led tours to groups. This includes adult tours and school tours.
We are working on creating virtual field trips for our school programs K-12 and hope to launch these in the fall. See below for examples of the School Tour descriptions prior to Covid-19. Please keep an eye on our Museum Tours link for updates or contact the Education Department at email@example.com or Patrick Bochy at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more and to book a virtual field trip for your students.
CURRICULUM BASED SCHOOL PROGRAMS
The Museum currently offers a signature program that integrates an outreach presentation and museum tour that utilizes the Pennsylvania History curriculum for fourth grade students. What’s more, it provides essential elements for student learning in History and the Arts and Humanities, meeting Academic Standards 8.2.6 Pennsylvania History; 9.2.5 Historical and Cultural Contexts; 9.3.5 Critical Response; and 9.4.5 Aesthetic Response.
EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY: EXPLORING PENNSYLANIA HISTORY THROUGH ART
This program explores the Museum’s two regional exhibitions, Southwestern Pennsylvania Landscapes and Valley of Work: Scenes of Industry, to teach fourth-grade students about their state’s history, including the changing of the landscape from agricultural to industrial.
For information on the guided tours and curriculum based school programs The Westmoreland offers, please visit our Museum Tours page.