Connecting art and history

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By Kirsten Laskey

A piece of art and a piece of history can appear to be two separate things.

Are there any ties between an oil painting depicting George Washington crossing the Delaware River and the accounts of the Revolutionary War?

Perhaps through more than what meets the eye.

This summer, Los Alamos Middle School teachers Jon Pyle and Dana Kline will discover just how art and history are linked.

Pyle, a social studies teacher, and Kline, a special education teacher, were accepted to the National Gallery of Art’s Teacher Institute Summer 2010 in Washington, D.C.

The theme for the institute is “Crosscurrents of American Art: 18th and 19th Centuries.”

Pyle explained he learned about the institute from a postcard advertisement.

He talked to Kline about the program and they agreed it sounded “right up our alley.”

The two teachers applied as a team and were accepted into the institute last week.

Kline said the institute offers a six-day training that focuses specifically on American art and teaching history through art.

Lectures, gallery talks, discussion groups and hands-on activities will be utilized.

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