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“North Carolina Focus in Art”

Recommended for Grades 3-5:

From Murphy to Manteo, and Bath to Boone! North Carolina has served as an inspiration for artists from colonial times to the present day. Learn about our state’s rich history through the eyes of artists who call it home (and some who might wish they could)!


North Carolina Common Core and Essential Standards Correlations:

Social Studies:

3.H.1, 3.H.2, 3.C&G.1, 3.C&G.2, 3.C.1

4.H.1, 4.H.2, 4.C&G.1, 4.C&G.2, 4.C.1

5.H.1, 5.H.2, 5.C&G.1, 5.C&G.2, 5.C.1

Visual Arts:

3.V.I, 3.V.2, 3.CX.1, 3.CR.1

4.V.1, 4.V.2, 4.CX.1, 4.CR.1

5.V.1, 5.V.2, 5.CX.1, 5.CR.1

English Language Arts:

3.SL.1, 3.SL.2, 3.SL.3, 3.SL.4, 3.SL.6

4.SL.1, 4.SL.2, 4.SL.3, 4.SL.4, 4.SL.6

5.SL.1, 5.SL.2, 5.SL.3, 5.SL.4, 5.SL.6


Pre-Visit Key Questions:

  • What are some “symbols” or images (or colors/shapes) that can represent the state of North Carolina?

  • How do the landscapes (from the mountains to the beaches) of North Carolina look different from (or similar to) other landscapes in other places you’ve seen?

  • Besides a state symbol, or a landscape of a place in North Carolina, how can a work of art reflect or represent the state? (Hint: what kinds of materials could be “North Carolina” materials?)


John Beerman,Three Trees, Two Clouds (American, 1990)


Thomas Sully, Udney Maria Blakely(1815-1842), (American, 1830)


Jacob Lawrence, Forward(American, 1967)


George Bireline, Matisse Window(American, 1964)


Beverly McIver, Reminiscing(American, 2005)


William Beechey,The Oddie Children(British, 1789)


John James Audubon, Birds of America: Plate #17 “Carolina Turtle Dove”(American, 1827-38)


Bob Trotman, Girl(American, 2002)


Joseph Albers, Homage to the Square: “Veiled,”“High Spring,”“Centered,” and “Michoacan”(American, 1956)


John Thomas Biggers, Untitled(American, 1994)


Post-Visit Key Questions

  • Do you have a favorite work of art you saw today? What made it your favorite?

  • What are some different ways works of art can reflect or represent where they live?

  • Does an artist have to live in North Carolina to be connected to the state?


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