Be a White House art detective! Students will use clues and special detective packs to explore the artwork in the White House collection. Acting as "detectives," they will locate important symbols of the executive branch in portraits of significant historical persons, White House furnishings, and other items in the White House collection. Students will conclude the program by planning their own portraits, using symbols from their own lives and times.
This pre-visit lesson plan and accompanying image sets were designed to prepare students for our Executive Detectives I: K-2 in-school program, a free outreach program available to teachers in the DC Metro Area.
If you are an educator outside of the DC Metro Area, this lesson includes several engaging activities perfect for classroom use. Instructions for each image set and reproducible can be found within the lesson plan.
Pre-Visit Lesson Plan and Background Information ›
Image Sets ›
Program Related Online Resources ›
For more information on the White House art collection and American symbols:
White House History Online Resources ›