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Ansel Adams: Pure Photography

Few names are as closely associated with the medium of photography than Ansel Adams. His black and white photography is known for its ability to take a world of color and create an image in tones of grey that reflect how the scene felt, not just how it looked. Here you can find two activities...

Subjects of Art

Subject, form, and content comprise the three basic components of a work of art. In general, subject may be thought of as the “what” in a piece of art: the topic, focus, or image. The most common subjects of art include people (portraiture), arrangements of objects (still-life), the natural world (landscape), and abstractions (non-objective). The Subjects of Art activity series introduces you to...

Photograms

Photograms, shadowgraphs, or sunprints are a fun way to make images without a camera! Using materials you probably have around the house, you can record a shadowy image of things like leaves or grass – but this won’t be an instant image. Ultraviolet light from the sun will help us form these images over several hours or...

Subjects of Photography

Subject, form, and content comprise the three basic components of a photograph. In general, subject may be thought of as the “what” in a photograph: the topic, focus, or image. The most common subjects of photography include people, arrangements of objects, the natural world, and abstractions. The Subjects of Photography activity series introduces you to each of these subjects and instructs you in...

Frederick Hammersley

Frederick Hammersley was one of the Four Abstract Classicists, a group of groundbreaking young painters working in Southern California after World War II. Hammersley’s work is emblematic of their hard-edge painting style. Much like the artist himself, his artwork he created is measured, clever, intelligent, and cool.  Hammersley kept comprehensive notebooks and sketchbooks that capture his thought process,...

Patrick Nagatani

Patrick Nagatani (1945-2017) was an artist and teacher from Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is known for his use of color and the “directorial style” of photography. In this style of photography, the artist creates, or alters, the scene in front of their camera. In his images, Nagatani creates imagined stories about real truths. ACTIVITY WORKBOOK In...

Storytellers: Writing and Drawing Narrative Art

This activity explores creative writing and drawing using art from the collection as inspiration. We offer guidance on writing creative short stories, while sharpening observation skills and steps to make a gesture drawing. Gesture Drawing Telling Stories

Museum at Home

In the Museum at Home activity series, we will help you to pretend that your home is a museum! Museums are not the only places that show works of art. Many people collect artwork and objects to display in their homes. From handmade coffee mugs, to children’s drawings, to precious stones, to paintings and more, people...

Women Artists

The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women’s constitutional right to vote in the Untied States. In conjunction with this momentous anniversary, we want to celebrate the women who have helped shape the visual history of New Mexico. The Women Artists activity series introduces you to a...

Poetic Justice Activities

On View in gallery October 9, 2021 – June 19, 2022 Finding and Combining Bigger is Better Everyday Words, Everyday Objects