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December 2007

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Integrate Art and Language Arts

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Art meets language arts in two new lessons written by elementary teachers from the Los Angeles area. Students will write personal narratives and fairy tales inspired by works of art in the Getty Museum.

These are the latest lessons developed by teachers who participated in the Getty Museum's Art & Language Arts program. In this one-year professional-development program, teachers develop and test their own classroom materials, which are built around their existing language arts curriculum and works of art in the J. Paul Getty Museum.

View the lesson plan "Remembering Waiting."

View the lesson plan "Once upon a Time in the 1800s."

Learn more about the Art & Language Arts program and other professional development opportunities for teachers.

The Sisters Zénaïde and Charlotte Bonaparte / David
These two princesses can inspire students to write creative stories.

The Sisters Zénaïde and Charlotte Bonaparte, Jacques-Louis David, 1821

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Bright Up the Alphabet with Illuminated Letters

Current Exhibitions

Inspire K–2 students to learn the alphabet in a creative, colorful way by exploring books dating from the 800s to the 1500s in the exhibition The Decorated Letter.

Your students will marvel at the ways vines and leaves twist together to create the initials displayed in the exhibition. They will also discover stories unfolding within the forms of individual letters. Use the lesson "Create an Illuminated Alphabet Word Book" to teach students how to decorate uppercase letters in the style of handmade books from the medieval era.

View the lesson plan "Create an Illuminated Alphabet Word Book."

Learn more about the exhibition The Decorated Letter, on view at the Getty Center through January 27, 2008.

Decorated Initial SI / Ottonian
An elaborately decorated SI opens a chapter in this lectionary, a book of readings for Christian church services, made in the late 900s.

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Changes in the Galleries

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Did you know that works of art at the Getty Museum are often moved to new locations? Before you bring your class to the Getty, make sure all the artworks you want to visit are on view. Here is one recent change:

Bust of a Man / Harwood

Not on View
Bust of a Man by Francis Harwood is on loan through June 2008 for an exhibition at the Tate Britain.

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