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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 to...
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ancient sculptures

Past Objects, Present Culture

Using the five themes of geography to guide their inquiry, students will explore objects from ancient civilizations to understand how human culture has evolved and how those advances affect our lives today.
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Native American headdress

Identity in the World: Looking at the Bigger Picture

Using this graphic organizer, students investigate how art can build an understanding of individual, group and world identity.
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Portrait painting

Individual Identity: Using Details as Clues

Help students capture descriptive details in their writing to make their thinking visible and find identities in art at the DIA.
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Romare Bearden mosaic

Building a Sense of Community

How can communities of the past help students understand their own? This graphic organizer is designed to help students draw connections between their own communities and the many different ones on view at the DIA.
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