The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum fosters the study and appreciation of art, history, and culture—both within the university and throughout the global community. View their website.
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VANISHING TRADITIONS: TEXTILES AND TREASURES FROM SOUTHWEST CHINA (SPRING LOTTERY)
Presented by: GWU Textile Museum
For centuries, minority cultures in southwest China have donned elaborate textiles, jewelry, and accessories for community celebrations. Dazzling festival costumes new to the museum’s collections explore traditions now endangered by modernization. The pre-visit materials consist of a guide to familiarize students with a few of the objects they will see at the museum. Students will looks at the objects made by the Miao people and decipher the symbols on the garments as well as learn the stories behind the symbols. At the museum, students will have the opportunity to stitch a patch of their own (related to what they will see in the gallery) with a symbol they choose to use to represent something about themselves. Post-visit activities include the design of a garment in a collage-style with a paper template and magazine images.
Dates: 3/19, 3/26, 3/28, 4/2, 4/4, 4/13, 4/18, 4/23, 4/27, 5/2, 5/4, 5/9, 5/11, 5/14, 5/16, 5/18, 5/21, 5/23, 5/25, 5/30
Time: 10:30 am
Length of Event: 90 Minutes
Location: 701 21st St. NW
Curriculum Connections: Determination and Creation sections in the DCPS Arts Framework. There will also be a review of Identity as it relates to the expression of the Miao people.
Grades: K-12 (the activity and discussion will be adjusted to meet the needs of each age group.)
Ticket capacity 40 per date.
THE BOX PROJECT: UNCOMMON THREADS
Presented by: GWU and the Textile Museum
Part 1: Students will go on a 40 minute gallery exploration of the special exhibition The Box Project: Uncommon Threads. During the exploration, students will examine artworks and handle materials to learn about processes used by the artists. This will provide an opportunity for the students to use the vocabulary from the pre-visit materials in context alongside an object-based learning experience. Younger grades will focus on material and process, while the high school students will delve into how these artists incorporated culture and environmental influences into their work. The gallery exploration is designed to prepare students for the art making activity by showing them contemporary artists’ work from their community and around the world as well as introducing them to unfamiliar art making techniques.
Part 2: After the tour, groups will participate in the following art activity:
Build Your Own Box Project (4-12th grade) 40 minutes
Students will be given a small box and additional materials that speak to what the artists used to create their own projects. Older students will be challenged to think about how their own culture and environments can influence their aesthetic as artists, while younger student will focus on exploring the material and using new techniques.
Available Dates: 1/3, 1/5, 1/10, 1/12, 1/17, 1/24, 1/26
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event: 1.5 hours
Location: The George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum
701 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20052
Discipline: Visual Arts / Photography/ Film
Curricular Connections: English/ Language Arts
Ticket Capacity: 40 students per date.
View: Educational materials and the Brochure