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Virtual Belfield and

La Salle University Art Museum

Welcome to the Virtual La Salle University Art Museum Page! Here you will find everything you need to teach about La Salle University Art Museum and prepare for your Live Google Meet/ ZOOM Session. Below you will find the workbook page numbers to assign, the VR Museum Tour, mini video lessons, and additional resources that you can download the files/ copy the links and include them on your Google Classroom Page. 

Workbook 2017 Edition

La Salle Pages 57- 70

Workbook 2020 Edition

La Salle Pages 55-67


Organizational Charts 

Students can use an organizational chart to help them take notes while reading the workbook section and watching the VR Tour. Students can refer to their notes during the Live Session with the Educator or while completing their post-visit Reporter Assignments.

KWL Chart- Students will write what they already know and what they want to know about Charles Willson Peale and early American portraiture before reading the workbook section. Then, they can write what they learned during or after reading the workbook.

Notes, Key Points & Summary Chart - Students can use this chart to take notes while reading the workbook or watching the VR Tour. After they take notes, they can pull out main points from their notes and summarize what they learned in a few sentences. (Standards 4th Grade: CC.1.2.4.A; CC1.4.4.W.   5th Grade: CC.1.2.5.A; CC.1.4.4.W.)

Remaining Questions- Encourage students to write 1 or 2 questions that they still have after reading the workbook and watching the VR tour. Teachers can email their students' remaining questions to the Program Director  after their Live Session, if the Educator does not have time to answer all questions.

La Salle University Art Museum VR Tour

Make sure students watch the museum tour prior to your scheduled live meeting with History Hunters Educators.

How to view: This video was recorded with a 360-degree camera. Click and drag the video around to look all over the room!


Assignment options: If time allows, you can assign the entire video (17:16). Here is a suggestion on how to assign the video in segments:

English Tour

Spanish Tour

Belfield and Campus intro: 0:00- 4:38

18th Century Gallery: 4:39- 9:58

19th Century Gallery: 9:59- 17:16

 Activities/ Lesson Plans

"I Am" Poem Template Google Doc- Let's get creative! This Google Slides presentation includes the portraits from the 19th century gallery that students usually use on-site to complete this poem activity OR you can have students explore La Salle University Art Museum's  Online Collections Database and choose any portrait to write about. Instructions for the "I Am" Poem: Choose a portrait. Pretend you are the person in the painting, and write a poem that describes who you are.

Washington Crossing the Delaware- Metropolitan Museum of Art lesson plan: "Imagine you are a Hessian scout charged with accurately reporting potential threats from the enemy. Write a message to your commanding officer describing the approaching army featured in the painting. Include any relevant information that may benefit the Hessians—such as number of soldiers, officers among their ranks, weaponry, and anticipated time of arrival. [Note: Washington was lucky no scouts actually detected him!]" Portrait, Goals, Standards, and Related Resources included. 

Family in Art-The Walters Art Museum lesson plan: "In small groups, students will analyze how each artist chose to portray the idea of “family.” Students will support their analyses by referencing specific details observed in the artwork. Students will then orally compare and contrast the portrayal of “family” in the four images. After class discussion, students will produce written compositions on their personal definition of “family,” including details from the artworks when appropriate."


Toys Now & Then- National Gallery of Art lesson plan: "Students will be introduced to a popular toy from the nineteenth century—the hobbyhorse—through a painting by Robert Peckham and a contemporary popular children’s verse. They will then complete research on other toys from this time period, selecting one to compare to its closest modern-day equivalent. Then, they will draw a portrait of themselves with a favorite toy or object."

Mount Pleasant & Slavery- Philadelphia Museum of Art Lesson Plan: "In this lesson, students study and interpret primary sources, including both objects (a historical house and a miniature portrait) and documents (a 1767 tax assessment and an excerpt from a 1769 issue of The Pennsylvania Gazette). Through these sources students examine the experience of enslaved people of African descent and ship captain and slave owner John Macpherson (1726–1792) at Mount Pleasant in the colonial era."

Moses Williams- Philadelphia Museum of Art lesson about Moses Williams and silhouettes.   

Peale's Mysterious Fortune Wheel-  From the American Philosophical Society: Take a look at the original fortune telling wheel made by Charles Willson Peale and spin an interactive web version of the “Fortune Wheel.” Each fortune appears on the original wheel.


Silhouette How-To Video- 4 minute video -  How to make a silhouette from Mount Vernon Hotel Museum.

Physiognotrace Video- 1:28 minute video - George Eastman House Process Historian Mark Osterman gives a real-time demonstration on how to make a silhouette by physionotrace.

Modern Silhouette Artist Video- 2:41 minute video- Silhouette Artist Kathryn Flocken can create an amazing 100 hand cut portraits in 4 hours!

Portrait in a Minute: Charles Willson Peale - 2:28 minute video- National Portrait Gallery  senior historian David C. Ward discusses Charles Willson Peale.

Peale, Staircase Group (Portrait of Raphaelle Peale and Titian Ramsay Peale) - 4:25 minute video- Up-close look at Charles Willson Peale's Staircase Group (Portrait of Raphaelle Peale and Titian Ramsay Peale), 1795, (Philadelphia Museum of Art).

History Hunters Video Series: "What the Heck is This?"

Get an up-close look at some art-related objects. Can you decide how they were used?

La Salle Art Museum #1 - Artists need many tools to paint: a pallet, paint, canvas, and paint brushes, of course! What were paint brush bristles made out of in the 18th and 19th centuries? Find out in this video.

La Salle Art Museum #2 - The cochineal is a tiny scale insect, but what does it have to do with art? Find out in this video.

La Salle Art Museum #3 - What are primary and secondary colors? Find out as we mix some paint in this video!

La Salle Art Museum #4 - Before cameras, there were many ways that artists could create a likeness of someone. Find out what these History Hunters Educators are up to in this video.

Reporter Assignments 

There are 7 different types of newspaper features listed below for your student reporters. You may choose to assign several students to each type of feature, or have students work in groups to complete the 7 assignments. Read over the assignments carefully with students before your virtual tour, so that they understand their own particular "fact-finding" mission. They will use the notes from their virtual visit to complete their newspaper writing assignment as a post-visit activity. These assignments are available in the workbook or below as Google Docs.

1. Travel writer's account 

2. News Story

3. Interview

4. Illustration

5. Editorial/ Art Review

6. Comics

7. Poem

Additional Assessments 

Belfield/ La Salle University Art Museum Vocab Quiz- Google Doc, Answer Sheet, and Google Form

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