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Thornton Dial, Don't Matter How Raggly the Flag, It Still Got to Tie Us Together, 2003
Teacher Resource Downloads
Click below to download a PowerPoint presentation of the exhibition and Common Core Georgia Performance Standards.
Teacher Resource Downloads
Thornton Dial, The Stars of Everything, 2004
Introduction and Exhibition Overview
Use this resource to prepare your students for a visit to see this exhibition or as follow-up after your visit. This exhibition can complement your K–12 curricula in language arts, social studies, and/or visual arts.
Introduction & Exhibition Overview
Note To Elementary School Teachers
About The Artist
Dial's journey as an artist has been extraordinary.
Quotes by Thornton Dial
Activity: Reading a Work of Art
Project The Stars of Everything or any work of art from the PowerPoint and use the following strategy as an introduction to looking at and discussing works of art.
Reading a Work of Art
Thornton Dial, Setting the Table, 2003
Activity: Artful Thinking Routine
Dial drew inspiration for this piece from a traditional still-life painting by American artist William Merritt Chase, which he had seen in the nearby Birmingham Museum of Art.
Colors/Shapes/Lines: Artful Thinking Routine
Activity: Looking 5 (or 10) Times Two
In this piece, the image of a torn and ravaged U.S. flag symbolizes the struggle underlying American history and the quest for freedom, liberty, and equality.
Looking 4 (or 10) Times Two: Artful Thinking Routine
Thornton Dial, All the Cats in Town, 1993
All the Cats in Town
Activity: Write A Story
Thornton Dial, Eye of Fabric, 2007
Activity: What Makes You Say That?
This is a tribute to the Southern quilt-making tradition.
What Makes You Say That?
Thornton Dial The Art of Alabama, 2004
"Reading" A Work of Art
Describing, analyzing, interpreting, and evaluating.
How To: "Reading" A Work of Art
Thornton Dial, In Honor, 2002
Activity: Artwork That Honors
This piece pays homage to African American quilt-makers from the rural South.
Artwork That Honors
Thornton Dial Lost Cows, 2000-2001
Recommended Books for Teachers
These books can support your lessons on Thornton Dial and folk art.
Thornton Dial, Surviving the Frost, 2007
Activity: I See, I Think, I Wonder
This painting is an ode to the persistence of human life.
I See, I Think, I Wonder: Artful Thinking Routine
Thornton Dial, The Beginning of Life in the Yellow Jungle, 2003
Activity: Creative Questions
This epic work depicts the evolution of life.
Thornton Dial, The Last Day of Martin Luther King, 1992
Activity: Claim, Support, Question
The striped tiger here, made of twisted mop strings, represents Dr. King on the day of his assassination.
Claim, Support, Question
Thornton Dial Construction of the Victory, 1997
A list of key vocabulary terms.