The Stark Museum of Art offers your students the opportunity to explore connections between visual art, history, language arts, and natural science while engaging with our extraordinary collection.
We are committed to providing active learning experiences dedicated to building twenty-first century learning skills. All programs are aligned with TEKS and Common Core.
School experiences at the Stark Museum of Art are free for schools, teachers, and required chaperones. Busing reimbursement is available for schools throughout Region 5, Texas and Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana.
We look forward to seeing you and your students during the 2015-2016 school year!
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Check out these handy, printable information sheets or see below for details:Pre-K through 3rd Grade 4th Grade through 12th Grade Stark Museum and Shangri La Combination Field Trips Outreach to Your School Teacher Workshops Juried Student Art Exhibition Guidelines
The Reading Rug: Curious Colors Explore color at the art museum during this 1-hour program designed just for early learners! Students will observe colors inside and outside the museum, learn about colors during an interactive song, discussion, and story time in the gallery as we read Yesterday I Had the Blues by Jerod Ashford Frame, and experiment with mixing colors while making their own watercolor painting in our Art Studio. Maximum of 50 students per session.
The Reading Rug: P is for Pottery Dig in to the art of pottery at the art museum during this 1-hour program designed just for early learners! Students will learn about the ancient art of pottery during an interactive song, discussion and story time in the gallery featuring The Pot that Juan Built by Nancy Andrews-Goebel, touch authentic American Indian pottery from the SMA Education Collection, and make their own clay pot in our Art Studio. Maximum of 50 students per session.
The Reading Rug: All About Animals Go on an animal adventure at the art museum during this 1-hour experience designed just for early learners! Watch for animals as we visit one of the museum galleries for an interactive song, discussion, and story time including the story Over in the Forest by Marianne Berkes, touch and learn about the tools artists use to make pictures of animals, and make an animal inspired masterpiece in our Art Studio! Maximum of 50 students per session.
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Folktales and Wagon Trails Saddle up for an adventure in the Wild West during this 1.5-hour museum and studio art experience combining art, language arts, and social studies. Students will practice storytelling, illustration, and journaling while exploring folktales told throughout the American West during their visit to the museum’s galleries. During a studio art experience, students will create a contemporary illustration of a traditional folktale. Maximum of 50 students per session.
Art of Animals Discover the animals living in the Museum during this 1.5-hour museum and studio art experience that combines art and science. Search high and low for mammals, birds, and insects as we uncover how artists create works of art featuring animals and make field sketches documenting our gallery adventure. This experience will encourage students to observe closely as we also explore each animal’s habitat as shown in the work of art. Students will create their own animal inspired work of art in our Art Studio. Maximum of 50 students per session.
Art Across America All aboard! Join us for a 1.5-hour museum and studio adventure in art as we discover the people, places, and things from across the United States depicted in our works of arts. During this road trip across the United States, students will document their experience, including sketching, journaling, creative writing, and map making. During the Art Studio experience, students will create their own watercolor resist painting documenting one of the places they visited! Maximum of 50 students per session.
Language ARTS! Uncover how artists and writers use the same language during this 2-hour museum and studio art experience. Students will use language arts activities to explore the Stark Museum of Art’s collection and make meaningful connections with works of art. Students will compare and contrast, write poetry, illustrate a prediction distinguish fact and fiction, and write their own opinion of a work of art. During the studio art experience, students will create their own hand-bound sketchbook and illustrate the cover. Maximum of 50 students per session.
Treasures of the Collection Discover your inner artist during this 2-hour museum and studio art experience! Students will learn about the elements of art and explore masterworks in the Stark Museum of Art through sketching and journaling activities while connecting with social studies, language arts, and history curricula. During the studio art experience, students will create their own watercolor resist painting inspired by the Collection. Maximum of 50 students per session.
Do All Indians Live in Tipis? Explore the American Indian collection at the Stark Museum of Art during this 2-hour museum and studio experience. In the galleries, students will be introduced to the Southwest American Indian tribes and grapple with common myths and frequently asked questions. This program provides students with a special opportunity to handle authentic, contemporary American Indian items while learning how American Indian arts and crafts continue to thrive today. During the studio art experience, students will use the traditional coil method to create their own air-dry clay pottery. Maximum of 50 students per session.
Think Like an Artist Step into the shoes of an artist and explore the Stark Museum of Art through an artist’s eyes during this 1.5-hour experience. Students will learn basic observation skills while identifying big ideas, key details, along with what makes a work of art a masterpiece, all while learning about how the art observation can be used in a wide assortment of careers. Maximum of 50 students per session.
SMArt Jobs Explore the many careers available in the museum profession during this 2½-hour behind-the-scenes look at how a museum exhibition is created. Students will meet key Museum staff, discuss career paths and opportunities, and use critical thinking and problem solving skills to create their own to-scale, mock gallery during the studio art experience. Students should bring a sack lunch. Maximum of 50 students per session.
Gallery Sketching Discover the art of sketching in the galleries during this 1-hour program. Students will learn how drawing is the foundation of all arts, as well as practice observational drawing skills and learn techniques used by artists for centuries. Students of all drawing abilities are encouraged to participate. Maximum of 50 students per session. This program may be combined with additional high school offerings.
The Stark Museum of Art and Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center off combined school field trip experiences for K-8 students. These programs integrate science, art, history, and provide students the opportunity to explore topics deeply at both venues. These programs are 4 ½-hours long and do not include an outpost tour. Students should bring a sack lunch. We will stop for a ½-hour lunch break. Driver should be prepared to shuttle between venues.
Wicked Plants: Bad to the Bud (in collaboration with Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center) K 1st 2nd – Offered Fall 2015 Only At the Stark Museum of Art, explore the hands-on special exhibition Wicked Plants and become a plant scientist as we observe botanical illustrations, build our own plants in the ARToretum, and explore the many ways plants can be used in everyday life. At Shangri La, we will get up-close and personal with some wicked plants as we explore spines, thorns, carnivorous plants, and more! Experiments and games will test students’ skills. Help your students navigate the world of Wicked Plants. This lesson does not include an outpost tour.
Venomous, Vicious and Vile (in collaboration with Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center) 6th 7th 8th – Offered Fall 2015 Only Delve into the world of plants with this engaging experience. Visit the special exhibition Wicked Plants, create your own wicked plant adaptations in the Wicked ARToretum, observe and sketch beastly botanical illustrations while in the galleries, and learn how this art form combines scientific knowledge and creative expression. At Shangri La students will personally experience adaptations that make plants wicked. They will “meet” some wicked plants up-close through experiments and games that will test their skills and instincts. We will explore the world of sap, poison, venom, spines, thorns, carnivorous plants, and more! Will your students survive the gauntlet of Wicked Plants? This lesson does not include an outpost tour.
Insects Illustrated (in collaboration with Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center) 3rd 4th 5th – Offered Spring 2016 Only Combine insects and nature journaling during this buggy program. At Shangri La, students will view part of the special exhibit, David Rogers’ Big Bugs, while they search for insects in the gardens. We will practice scientific observational skills and reinforce those skills using authentic nature journaling techniques. At the Stark Museum of Art, students will discover how artists have created works of art featuring insects as we sketch, write, and fill our journals with observations of insects in the art world! During the studio art experience, students will create their own mixed media illustration of an insect seen during the day and learn about arts-related careers in science! This program is 4 1/2 hours and does not include an outpost tour.
These programs have limited availability. To schedule your program, send an email request to Jamie Massa at email@example.com.