Manifest Destiny - The "American Progress" painting is one of the most famous images from the period of Westward Expansion. John Gast's painting, "American Progress", can be a great addition to your lesson on westward movement, the California Gold Rush, and/or lessons about the loss of Native American lands. This iconic image will be recreated by some of your students square by square from the grid that has been laid out over Gast's painting.
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)
I think what I'll do is print out each number, the corresponding section, and a photo of each young artist to tape to the wall next to the finished recreation so others can see who took part in the recreation.
Historical Paintings Recreation Series
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"Baptism of Pocahontas"
"Washington Crossing the Delaware"
"Bostonians Paying the Excise-Man"
"Spirit of '76"
"Surrender of Lord Cornwallis"
"Lewis & Clark at the Three Forks"
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