What people are saying about Picturing the 1930s


"Social media is efficacious for planning and organizing and marketing exhibitions.  By sharing checklists, images, didactic text, educational media, publication materials and other documentation, curators streamline the process of exhibition planning from day one to de-installation.  Due to the rising costs of exhibitions, curators will create more exhibitions that exist solely in digital form.  These “born digital” exhibitions are the gallery space, education center and publication unified in one social interactive experience.  The Smithsonian American Art Museum's Picturing the 1930s site (http://americanart.si.edu/education/picturing_the_1930s/index.html) is a prototype for creating these types of exhibitions."


Neal Stimler

The Metropolitan Museum of Art




"Picturing the Thirties is another great virtual web activity from the Smithsonian. This virtual museum exhibit teaches students about the 1930’s through eight exhibitions. Students will learn about the Great Depression, The New Deal, The Country, Industry, Labor, The City, Leisure, and American People in the 1930’s. Art from the Smithsonian American Art Museum are supplemented with other primary sources such as photographs, newsreels, and artist memorabilia. Students can explore the virtual exhibits complete with museum guides that explain each exhibit to students. The feature presentation of the museum is a series of interviews of abstract artists describing the 1930’s. User created documentaries can be viewed from the theater’s balcony. Students can visit the theater’s projection booth where they can find primary access and a movie making tutorial."


Kelly Tenkely

iLearn Technology
An edublog about integrating technology into the classroom.




"Learning from multiple sources facilitates historical understanding more than does reading one source. Students who explore a topic through paintings, diary entries, newspaper articles, and songs are more engaged and develop a deeper understanding than just reading about it in a single secondary source. Multiple sources should also allow for multiple perspectives on the same topics. Corroborating these diverse viewpoints is challenging, but it is a skill students need to perform well on standardized tests and to participate in a democratic society."


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New Smithsonian site lets teachers and students create short historical movies.




"I'm a big fan of online activities that provide students with learning materials and provide a place for students to immediately use their new knowledge. Picturing the 1930's does just that. Picturing the 1930's could be used in an art class or in a US History class. The other activities provided by the Smithsonian American Art Museum look just as promising as Picturing the 1930's."


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