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Winslow Homer: An American Original
SUBJECTS — Topics: U.S./1861 - 1913; Visual Arts;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Talent; Grieving; Mental Illness;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Trustworthiness; Responsibility.
Age: 8-12; Not Rated; 49 minutes; Color.
Winslow Homer: An American Original is a charming introduction to one of America's most interesting and unique artists. The movie presents a fictionalized version of Homer's efforts, during the summer of 1878, to find peace and quiet at a friend's farm in upstate New York. The film has won several awards. This made for TV movie is one of the award-winning "Artists' Specials."
The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide to this film will show teachers how to confirm and enhance the movie's lessons by providing additional interesting background on Homer and analyzing three of his paintings. The Guide will also show how the movie can serve as an introduction to post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
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Winslow Homer: An American Original shows one of America's greatest artists and the times he lived in.
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Description: Winslow Homer (1836 - 1910) needed peace and quiet to concentrate on his painting. In the summer of 1878, friends were planning to be away from a farm they owned in upstate New York. They offered Homer the use of the farm so that he could have the solitude he craved. This film tells the story of two fictional children who at first interrupt that solitude, but later pose for Homer and become his friends. This made for TV film is one of the award-winning "Artists' Specials."
Benefits: Winslow Homer, An American Original introduces children to an artist who captured the spirit of the United States during the last half of the nineteenth century. It also deals with the effects of the Civil War on soldiers who survived and on the families of the soldiers who did not.
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