Welcome, educators! The Valentien exhibit now has a valuable Teacher's Resource Guide in English or Spanish. This guide includes exhibition overview, background information, glossary, references, classroom activities, and a Musuem visit exercise.
This guide will assist educators in lesson planning around this fascinating exhibit. This exhibition displays 80 stunning watercolor paintings of California plants painted in the early 1900s by Albert R. Valentien.
In conjunction with the exhibit, a full-color book about the watercolors, the artist, the historical context of his work, and the importance of conservation of native California habitats has been published by the Irvine Museum in collaboration with the San Diego Natural History Museum. This volume includes over 325 color plates from the collection, finally published almost 100 years after their creation. The exhibition occured in San Diego and it ran until September 7, 2004, after which it began touring the U.S.