The ArtLinks Inqui rer

A Student Newsletter of the North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts Summer 2001

THE FRONTIER TIMES


Write and Publish a Newspaper

You and your classmates will act as investigating reporters and illustrators to write and publish a newspaper called The Frontier Times, based on The Chisholm Trail Cattle Drive by artist Richard Haas. The first step is to make assignments for editors, reporters, and illustrators so that efforts will not be duplicated. Your teacher may make assignments for the topics suggested below, or allow the class to decide. Perhaps you could work with a team that includes an editor, writer, and illustrator.

Conduct Research

Next, research The Chisholm Trail Cattle Drive
and cowboy/cowgirl life through the information on
the back of the print, in books, and online. Write
articles, review and edit them,and then cut and
paste them into a newspaper format. If publishing
software is available, the entire newspaper may be
published on the computer.

If you live in the North Texas area, perhaps
your class can take a field trip to the actual site of
the mural in downtown Fort Worth. Take photo
graphs to use for illustrations in the newspaper
and/or draw appropriate illustrations to accom-
pany your writing.

Possible Topics/Articles for Newspaper


  1. What is a Cowboy/Cowgirl? (This could be the feature article, focusing on the contrast between movie depictions and real cowboys/cowgirls.)
  2. Cowboy Fashion (Include illustrations of cowboy attire, descriptions of the clothing, and explanations of their function. You may want to turn this section into an advertisement for a local department store sale.)
  3. Cowboy Sports (Focus on the history of the rodeo and various ways cowboys would entertain themselves while on the trail.)
  4. Art Review (Writing as an art critic, review an exhibition of The Chisholm Trail Cattle Drive, explaining its message, how it instructs and informs, why and how it was made, and how the painting serves to depict the life of a cowboy.)
  5. Art Reviews of other artworks that depict the West.
  6. Cowboy Advice Column (For what types of problems would cowboys, cowgirls, and ranch hands need advice? How could those problems be solved?)
  7. Cowboy Travel (This section can vary from trail drive related topics to opportunities for cowboys to take a vacation. Where would they want to go?)

Publish The Frontier Times

Upon completion of the newspaper, make copies for each class member and have a "reading the news" hour, or share the newspaper schoolwide. If possible, also publish the news-
paper on the school's web site. In addition, adddress a copy to the local area newspaper and related museums. The Frontier Times can also be displayed with a print of The Chisholm Trail Cattle Drive and other work from this unit.


MUSEUM MESSAGES

AMON CARTER MUSEUM 817/738-1933
http://www.cartermuseum.org/intro.html

The Artist and the American West
October 21, 2001 - May 26, 2002

DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART 214/922-1200
http://www.dm-art.org

Mondrian: The Transatlantic Paintings
August 19 - November 25, 2001

Great Masters of American Folk Art
October 7, 2001 - January 6, 2002

KIMBELL ART MUSEUM 817/332-8451
http://www.kimbellart.org

Treasures from a Lost Civilization: Ancient Chinese Art from Sichaun
September 30, 2001 - June 13, 2002

Murillo in America
March 10 - June 2, 2002

MEADOWS MUSEUM OF ART 214/768-1674
http://meadows.smu.edu/

Splendor of Soul, Beauty of Form: Royal and Ritual Art of Africa
September 16, 2001 - February 17, 2002

MODERN ART MUSEUM OF FORT WORTH
817/738-9215 http:www.mamfw.org/menu.htm

Ed Ruscha
July 1 - September 30, 2001

SID RICHARDSON COLLECTION 817/332-6554 Permanent Collection on Display

THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS ART GALLERY
940-565-4316, http://www.art.unt.edu/galleries/index.htm

Cal's Art: Sampling California Painting
September 12 - October 17, 2001


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