Thomas Hart Benton: Murals in the Missouri State Capitol
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One of the aims of this site is to provide a resource for educators and the general public to encourage the study of the Thomas Hart Benton Murals in the Missouri State Capitol House Lounge as a work of art as well as a tool for studying history. Listed below are some visual arts education standards that may be achieved by working with the Benton mural “A Social History of Missouri,” as an art work. 
Targeted Missouri Grade Level Expectations (GLE):

GLE: FA 3: 1.A Aesthetics - Investigate the nature of art and discuss responses to artworks.

GLE: FA 3: 2.A Art Criticism - Analyze and evaluate art using art vocabulary.

GLE: CA 5: 1.5, 1.7, 2.7 Media Messages - Develop and apply effective skills and strategiesto analyze and evaluate visual media. (e.g., videos, pictures, websites, and artwork)

Targeted National Standards (Visual Arts):

NA-VA.9-12.3 Choosing and Evaluating a Range of Subject Matter, Symbols, & Ideas. Students reflect on how artworks differ visually, spatially, temporally, and functionally, and describe how these are related to history and culture.

NA-VA.9-12.5 Assessing the Characteristics and Merits of the Work of Others. Students correlate responses to works of visual art with various techniques for communicating meanings, ideas, attitudes, views, and intentions.

NA-VA.9-12.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines. Students compare the materials, technologies, media, and processes of the visual arts with those of other arts disciplines as they are used in creation and types of analysis.