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Arts in the Basic Curriculum: Amazing Art Materials

This resource guide provides supplemental resources to accompany the Saint Louis Art Museum’s “Arts in the Basic Curriculum” (ABC) program. ABC is a multi-visit tour program for student groups that offers six themed tours to choose from.

Theme Summary

Amazing Art Materials focuses on the tools and materials artists use to design and produce their creations. By examining common art materials, such as paint, and uncommon materials, such as bottle caps, students will discover the unlimited possibilities.

SLAM Resources

Richardson Memorial Library Books

MOBIUS Books for Kids

Artist Biographies

Google Books

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Beaded Crown (adenla)

Unidentified Yoruba artist; Beaded Crown (adenla), early 20th century; glass beads, cloth; height: 30 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, Gift of Thomas Alexander and Laura Rogers 19:2020

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Cell (Three White Marble Spheres)

Louise Bourgeois, American (born France), 1911–2010; Cell (Three White Marble Spheres), 1993; steel, glass, marble, and mirror; box: 81 3/4 x 85 1/2 x 84 1/2 inches, each large ball, diameter: 36 3/16 inches, small ball, diameter: 11 1/2 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, Friends Fund and funds given by Mr. and Mrs. Lester A. Crancer Jr., the Henry L. and Natalie Edison Freund Charitable Trust, Mr. and Mrs. Donald L. Bryant Jr., Gary Wolff, Susan and David Mesker, the Honorable and Mrs. Thomas F. Eagleton, Alison and John Ferring, Dr. and Mrs. Alvin R. Frank, Donna and William Nussbaum, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin J. Siteman, Anabeth Calkins and John Weil, Mrs. Eleanor J. Moore, Mr. and Mrs. Adam Aronson, Mrs. Joan B. Bailey, John and Yvette Dubinsky, Dr. Linda Gibson, Nancy and Kenneth Kranzberg, Mrs. James W. Singer Jr., and Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Thomas Jr. 173:1995a-i; © Louise Bourgeois Trust/Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Landscape of the Four Seasons

Matsubayashi Keigetsu, Japanese, 1876–1963; Landscape of the Four Seasons, 1932; pair of six-panel folding screens: ink and color on paper; overall: 67 3/16 inches x 12 feet 3/4 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, Museum Shop Fund 214:1986a

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Bactrian Camel

Bactrian Camel, 8th century; Chinese, Tang dynasty; earthenware with three-color (sancai) and transparent lead-fluxed glazes over white slip; 34 x 26 1/2 x 9 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, William K. Bixby Trust for Asian Art 181:1942

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Gray Mirror

Gerhard Richter, German, born 1932; Gray Mirror, 1991; paint and enamel on glass; a: 118 1/16 x 69 1/16 inches, b: 118 1/16 x 69 1/16 x 3/16 inches, c: 118 1/16 x 68 15/16 inches, d: 118 x 69 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, Gift of Gerhard Richter 734:1991a-d; © Gerhard Richter, 2013

Burning Rods

Anselm Kiefer, German, born 1945; Burning Rods, 1984–87; oil, acrylic emulsion, and shellac on canvas with lead, copper wire, straw, iron, and ceramic; 130 1/4 inches x 18 feet 3 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs.

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