Lessons and Activities

Bring the Farnsworth to your classroom through our inquiry based lessons and activities. New lessons and activities will be added frequently. 


scientific observation and illustration

What natural objects do we notice in the works of art in the Farnsworth Art Museum Collection? What other object can we find in Maine? What objects can we find in our own backyard? Brainstorm a list as a class and then use the handouts below to practice scientific observation and illustration skills. 

Writing Prompts for Scientific Illustration and Observation

Scientific Illustration - Observation Worksheet

Scientific Illustration - Our Local Ecosystems

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writing prompts and observation activity 

Pair the Student Writing Prompt handout with any image from the Farnsworth's Collection for a lesson in observation. Alternatively, you may find four specifically paintings specifically selected for writing prompt observation activities here

Fitz Henry Lane, Shipping in Downeast Waters, 1854, oil on canvas, museum purchase, 1960

Fitz Henry Lane, Shipping in Downeast Waters, 1854, oil on canvas, museum purchase, 1960