Educator Resources

Gallery Cards

Land Escapes

Travel around and take inspiration from the neighborhood with this lesson about environments and collaborative murals. (Recommended for grades 1-3)

Identity Theft

Identity Theft: Reveal the many identities of the people in the artworks with this lesson about roles and self-portraits. (Recommended for grades 9-12)

Dark Art

Dark Art: Explore the dark side of artworks with serious moods and tones in this sculpture lesson that utilizes found objects and monochromatic hues. (Recommended for grades 7-9)

Scrumptious Sculptures

Using the art elements of line, shape & color as ingredients, students will develop their own art “recipe” and create sculptural works representing their ideal meal. (Recommended for grades K-4)

Mystical Mark-Making

This lesson will push students beyond the boundaries of traditional art-making through the use of non-traditional resources in the creation of non-objective artworks. (Recommended grades 5-8)

Grey Area

Students will search for the “grey areas” in black & white photography, such as narrative, mood, and social/cultural contexts. (Recommended for grades 9-12)

Ezra Jack Keats: Mixed Media Storytelling

Explore collage and paper marbling techniques used by picture book author/illustrator Ezra Jack Keats with this mixed media lesson. (Recommended for grades 6-12)

Ezra Jack Keats: Storytelling Resist

Take inspiration from the simple shapes and bold use of color in the illustrations of picture book author/illustrator Ezra Jack Keats with watercolor resist lesson. (Recommended for grades K-5).

M.C. Escher: Impossible Realities Sarah Kabot: Unfolding Space

Examine the mathematics behind Escher’s prints and learn meaningful mathematical and artistic experiences that will enrich your visit.

John Heartfield vs. Nazi Germany

Learn about history, sociology, and art through the work of photomontage artist John Heartfield.

Jean-Pierre Gauthier: Machines at Play

Use the artwork of kinetic sculptor Jean-Pierre Gauthier to explore science concepts such as sound, electricity, and simple machines. (Recommended for grades 2-9)

Ink. Print. Repeat

Layer up and explore the possibilities of printmaking with this lesson inspired by the exhibition Multiplicity: Contemporary Prints from the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Recommended for grades 5-9)

Become a Docent

Being a docent offers an extraordinary experience for people who love art, working with others and continually challenging their minds through learning.

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Family Guides

Whether you’re visiting the museum for the first time or the hundredth time there is always something to learn. Use the Family Guides when preparing to visit, while in the museum or as a way to remember your trip.
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Classes

Children join the museum’s educators to explore artworks and ideas in the galleries and art-making in the classroom.

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Educator Workshops

They provide an in-depth look at artists, art and processes designed just for teachers.
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