Offering Schools New Links to the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum

Cooperating School Districts is pleased to partner with the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University for a  unique videoconference experience for 8-12th grade students, their teachers, or other adult learners. This interactive videoconference is free, and could be a great curriculum supplement for language arts classes, social studies classes or art (history) classes. History, poetry, plus much more are covered.  (This would be a great addition to summer school curriculum).

History, Heroes, and Symbolism: Visual Analysis of George Caleb Bingham’s Iconic Painting Daniel Boone Escorting Settlers through the Cumberland Gap

Program Description
American artist and Missouri native George Caleb Bingham (1811-1879) is known and regarded for his genre paintings focused on the then Western frontier that feature the cities, people, and life along the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. Fascinated with Daniel Boone and the heroic stories of his life, Bingham’s Daniel Boone Escorting Settlers through the Cumberland Gap painted in 1851-52, is considered one of his most iconic works. Telling the story of the 1777 event, this painting is full of symbolism and classical art historical references. In this program, we will explore the painting compositionally, historically, and delve deeper into the symbolism represented.


  1. To introduce students to visual analysis.
  2. To explore the historical, religious, and classical references represented in Daniel Boone Escorting Settlers through the Cumberland Gap.
  3. To introduce students to Ekphrastic poetry.
  4. To provide students with the tools to thoroughly examine works of art and to learn to look deeper.

Program Format

  1. Intro video to the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum
  2. Introduce George Caleb Bingham and Daniel Boone
  3. Explore the painting compositionally using known art elements and design principles
  4. Discover references to classic Greek and Roman art history
  5. Discuss the religious symbolism and Daniel Boone as hero
  6. Discuss the painting as it relates to Manifest Destiny
  7. Incorporate the writing of an Ekphrastic poem
  8. Wrap up/question and answers

Program Length 1 hour; this program is available by request only
Date/Time Notes
this program is available on Tuesdays only; please request at least 2-3 weeks before desired date

If you have questions, or would like to register, contact Diane Tinucci.

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