Teachers and Schools

Teachers, administrators, parents, homeschoolers….we see you! This school year will be unique for all of you and the museum is here to help. While we’re not currently scheduling in-person museum visits, below you’ll find digital resources and other information you can use in your classroom or send along to students at home. Additional resources and virtual events are currently in the works, so check back here often.
In the meantime, if you’d like to connect with us or have a question, please contact Curator of Education Gina Thomas McGee at gThomas@akronartmuseum.org

Gallery Cards

Each of these cards offers a fun fact and an activity inspired by an artwork in the collection. Collect them all!

A Motion in Time

Students will explore the idea of movement in artworks found at the Akron Art Museum. After discussion and activities, students will collaborate to create stop-motion scenes about their everyday lives.

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)