Trumpeter Swan

Trumpeter Swan from The Birds of America
John James Audubon, American, born Saint-Domingue, 1827-1838
(hand-colored aquatint/engravings on Whatman paper)
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh

Let’s see a print of a spectacular North American bird. Continue reading


Ralph Helmick and Stuart Schechter, American, 2003
(mylar butterflies, stainless-steel cables, pewter weights, contrails of fabric flowers)
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh

Let’s learn something about the intersection of art and nature.
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Burghers of Calais

The Burghers of Calais, First Maquette
Auguste Rodin, French, m. 1884, cast 1987
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh

In every community across the world, there are men and women who are willing to make a sacrifice. Let’s see a work of art that honors the courage of six leaders in France who were willing to give up their own lives in order to spare the lives of their fellow citizens. Continue reading


Coffin of Amunred
Egyptian, Third Intermediate-Late Period, circa 715-525 BCE
(wood with gesso and paint)
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh

Imagine you’re an archeologist and have entered an ancient Egyptian mummy’s burial chamber. What would you find? Continue reading

Fefi’s False Door

False Door of Ni-ankh-Snefru (Fefi)
Egyptian, Old Kingdom, circa 2321-2278 BCE
(white limestone with traces of paint)
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh

In ancient Egypt, powerful pharaohs (kings) ruled over a people for thousands of years. Let’s meet this ancient community and learn about their traditions and beliefs. Continue reading

Night Flight

Night Flight of Dread and Delight
Skunder (Alexander) Boghossian, Ethiopian, 1964
(oil on canvas with collage)
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh

Shall we visit a nighttime sky filled with planets and stars and birdlike spirits? Continue reading


Jacob Lawrence, American, 1967
(tempera on Masonite panel)
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh

Wars often divide communities. Let’s meet a brave American heroine who lived to see a devastating war that would divide the United States and pit citizen against citizen. Do you know what this war between the North and South is called? It is called the American Civil War (1861-1865). Continue reading

Egyptian Boat

Model of a Boat
Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, circa 1985-1650 BCE
(wood with gesso, paint, and twine)
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh

We’re off to ancient Egypt to learn about the mighty force of a river and meet the men and women who learned to tame her. Continue reading