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J. M. W. Turner: Painting Set Free Educational Resources

Dear Educator:

Thank you for supporting your students’ visit to the exhibition J. M. W. Turner: Painting Set Free.

Bringing together more than sixty oil paintings and watercolors from a host of international lenders, J. M. W. Turner: Painting Set Free is the first major exhibition devoted to Turner’s achievements during his final period of productivity, when some of his most iconic works were created. Challenging myths, assumptions, and interpretations that have grown around his later work, this show reveals a painter distinguished by the broad scope of his knowledge and imagination, as well as his experimental techniques, processes, and use of materials.

The resources assembled here will provide you and your students with tools to experiment with one of the media in which Turner most loved to work, watercolor. The assembled lessons offer K–12 students an opportunity to explore specific techniques that will deepen their viewing experiences at the museum. These resources include four basic elements:

  • Words to Know
  • Images and Questions for Viewing
  • Pre-Visit Art Activity
  • Exhibition Layout

While these materials are written to support the visual art abilities within the intended grade levels, you may want to adapt them to meet the particular needs of your group.

Materials prepared by:

Heide Miller
Senior Teaching Artist
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

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