The Historic Woodstock Art Colony: The Arthur A. Anderson Collection
Long before the famous music festival in 1969, Woodstock, New York, was home to what is considered America’s first intentionally created, year-round arts colony—founded in 1902 and still thriving over 100 years later. Collecting the remarkable range of work produced there has been Arthur A. Anderson’s focus for three decades, resulting in the largest comprehensive assemblage of its type. The artists represented in it reflect the diversity of those who came to Woodstock, including Birge Harrison, Konrad Cramer, George Bellows, Eugene Speicher, Peggy Bacon, Rolph Scarlett, and Yasuo Kuniyoshi, among many others. Anderson recently donated his entire collection—some 1,500 objects by almost 200 artists—to the New York State Museum. This exhibition introduces to the public for the first time just a sample of the highlights of this extraordinary collection, which represents a body of work that together shaped art and culture in New York and forms a history of national and international significance.
The following three lessons have been designed to aid educators in teaching students about a variety of factors related to art making, including specific methods and techniques, stylistic movements, and the context and impact of place in creativity. The Educator Guides, downloadable as PDFs, provide both in depth information for the teacher as well as structured recommendations for student engagement. The Google Classroom slides can be utilized directly by students.
Educator Guides (PDF)
Google Classroom Slides
The following slide presentations were created for optimal use with Google Drive and Google Classroom. If you do not have or do not want an account with Google (gmail), you can still view the slide presentations online OR easily download and save the documents as PDFs or Word Documents.