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January 2008

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A Getty Curriculum Inspires Student Photography

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Looking for an innovative way to have students think and write about their home environments? Have them explore their worlds using photography.

Inspire your students with the photographs and artist statements created by Los Angeles middle school students, which are available online in a student gallery connected to the Exploring Photographs curriculum. These students all participated in the Getty Museum's annual Community Photoworks program, which used the curriculum to lead students through the analysis of photography.

Use the online gallery in conjunction with lessons in the curriculum, and watch your students turn snapshots into works of art.

Garden of Life / Miranda
When middle school student Athziry Miranda took this photograph, The Garden of Life, she was drawn to the fence as a symbol of protection and strength.

View the curriculum Exploring Photographs and see the student photographs.

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Portraits That Capture Character

Current Exhibitions

Learn how artists capture personality in portraits by studying the photographs of a contemporary master in the exhibition The Goat's Dance: Photographs by Graciela Iturbide.

Use Day 1 of the lesson "Portraits That Capture Character" to explore the definition of a portrait with students in grades 6–12. Then, have students think about the mood and character that Iturbide tried to convey in her portraits. Students can create their own portraits of their classmates and assemble photographs in a class exhibition.

View the lesson "Portraits That Capture Character."

Learn more about the exhibition The Goat's Dance: Photographs by Graciela Iturbide, on view at the Getty Center through April 13, 2008.

Cholas / Iturbide
Motivate students to create a dynamic portrait of classmates with Graciela Iturbide's Cholas, White Fence, East L.A., negative 1986; print late 1990s

Courtesy of the artist and RoseGallery, Santa Monica. © Graciela Iturbide

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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:

Portrait of a Girl / Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

On View
Portrait of a Girl Wearing a Gold-Trimmed Cloak by Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn is on loan to the Getty Museum through 2008.

Find the location of a work of art by using Getty Bookmarks. Register for an account and you'll always know the most current location of your bookmarked artworks. For the most up-to-date information, be sure to check Getty Bookmarks on the day of, or the night before, your visit.

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