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  • Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial

    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.

    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.

    Thornton Dial

    About The Artist

    Dial's journey as an artist has been extraordinary.

    Thornton Dial, The Stars of Everything, 2004

    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.

    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.

    Thornton Dial, Don't Matter How Raggly the Flag, It Still Got to Tie Us Together, 2003

    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.

    Thornton Dial, All the Cats in Town, 1993

    All the Cats in Town

    Thornton Dial, Eye of Fabric, 2007

    Activity: What Makes You Say That?

    This is a tribute to the Southern quilt-making tradition.

    Thornton Dial The Art of Alabama, 2004

    "Reading" A Work of Art

    Describing, analyzing, interpreting, and evaluating.

    Thornton Dial, In Honor, 2002

    Activity: Artwork That Honors

    This piece pays homage to African American quilt-makers from the rural South.

    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.

    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.

    Thornton Dial Construction of the Victory, 1997


    A list of key vocabulary terms.