Teacher Guides

Teacher Guides can help bring art from the Joslyn's collection into your classroom! The guides approach works from a variety of perspectives, and ellaborate on multiple larger themes. They are versatile and appropriate for a wide range of age groups. You can download sections of the Teacher Guides from the links below. Enjoy!  

What's Pictured Above: after Karl Bodmer (Swiss, 1809-1893), The Travellers meeting with Minatarre Indians, near Fort Clark (Tableau 13), engraving with aquatint, hand-colored (produced in 1991 by Alecto Historical Editions, London, from the original ca. 1840 printing plates), Collection of Joslyn Art Museum.

The Maximilian-Bodmer Expedition: Travels in the Interior of North America, 1832-1834

This Guide will direct teachers in educating their students about Prince Maximilian and Karl Bodmers' journey up the Missouri River, and the American Indian tribes they encountered along the way. The guide accompanied a travelling exhibition of Bodmer's prints that toured venues throughout Nebraska in 2013-2014.

What's Pictured:
after Karl Bodmer (Swiss, 1809-1893), Wahk-tä-ge-li, a Sioux Warrior(Tableau 8), engraving with aquatint, hand-colored (produced in 1991 by Alecto Historical Editions, London, from the original ca. 1840 printing plates), Collection of Joslyn Art Museum.
Click Here to view a gallery of images from the exhibition.
There is also an Outreach Trunk with more information about Maximilian and Bodmer's travels.
Click Here to request the trunk for your classroom, today!

The Guide
Click on the links below to download sections of the guide.

Relating Material to Nebraska Academic Standards
Discussion material and questions are designed to accompany school curriculum and relate directly to the Nebraska social studies and language arts academic standards. Using maps, primary sources—including Bodmer’s prints and Maximilian’s published journal—as well as hands on materials and books, students will learn about Native American life and culture, local history and geography, about important inventions and the development of exploration of the West, as well as the basic economics of the fur trade. More information regarding connecting the material with Nebraska’s academic standards can be found in this section.

Understanding the Expedition
This portion of the guide is intended to help students put Bodmer’s work in its historical context. Organized around a series of questions, this section gives background on the explorers and their expedition across North America. Included are also discussion questions to guide classroom conversations.

Map of the Journey
This map illustrates Maximilian and Bodmer's journey up the Missouri River.

The timeline of the Expedition highlights key events that took place on the journey.

Images and Descriptions
This section highlights works in the exhibition, providing historical, ethnological, and art historical details on each work. There are discussion questions listed at the end of each description in order to help students engage with individual works.

Thematic Approach
After students are familiar with Bodmer’s work and the expedition, you may want to expand the discussion using a thematic approach. This part of the packet offers two themes, River and Buffalo, as catalysts for studying the interdisciplinary elements found in the exhibition.

Printmaking Process
This section focuses on the printmaking techniques Bodmer used to create the original plates and the process by which the new edition was printed. It includes a detailed narrative and a glossary of printmaking tools, materials, and processes.

Check out the bibliography for further reading, and to see what sources were used to create this guide.