Manifest Destiny - John Gast's "Amerian Progress" Painting Recreation & Anaylsis

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John Gast's "American Progress" is one of the most recognized images in American history. In this bundle, your students will analyze Gast's portrayal of Manifest Destiny on their own, and then have you will walk them through the various portions of the scene in a PowerPoint to show what he was trying to get the viewer to see in this incredible work of art. They will then recreate this iconic image as a large mosaic on your classroom or hallway wall.

American Progress Painting Analysis
Table of Contents:
2 pages on 8.5” x 11” paper:
-1 page: American Progress image
-1 page: Table with 10 blanks for students to write in

PowerPoint:
27 slides that include the explanation of the different pieces of the painting, such as the Western Union carriage, the differing skyline, the California Gold Rush, etc.

American Progress Painting Recreation
I have many students who enjoy drawing and art-related challenges and I'm sure you do too. This image gets printed out square by square, cut, and taped to the wall. Students then voluntarily choose which section from the 30 squares of the image they'd like to recreate (it is fun to have teachers participate too!). Even students who don't feel they are great at drawing want to participate by choosing a square that doesn't have a lot of detail. When they show me their completed image I have them cut it out and tape it to the wall in a grid I made of tape.

NOTE: Because there are two topless Native American women in the painting I have also included an alternate version of this product along with the original that has the words "MANIFEST DESTINY" covering their upper halves making the product totally G-rated

CHECK OUT THE PREVIEW FOR SOME STUDENT EXAMPLES FROM MY BOSTON MASSACRE RECREATION

I have been amazed at how many students volunteered that I've decided to create a whole series of historic images for students to try and recreate so stay tuned for more!

Included in this product:

Everything gets printed on standard 8.5" x 11" paper

1 - "American Progress" image
1 - 30 numbered squares on image to choose from
1 - Grid
1 - Set of printing instructions
30 - Sections for students to draw (with corresponding number on the back - so 60 total pages, but 30 back-to-back)

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