Discover the power of meaningful museum experiences!SMA’s school experiences utilize active learning techniques to build twenty-first century learning skills. <--!
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Picture your class at the STARK Art & History Venues this year and discover the power of meaningful museum experiences! See the links below to register your class for a school tour, for information from our 2016-2017 catalog and to read the full descriptions our current tour offerings.
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 2016-2017 school year!
Please note, we request that school tours have a minimum of 10 students and a maximum of 50 students per visit.
To register, click here.
Check out these other educational offerings:
Pre-K – KindergartenDesigned just for early learners, this 1-hour program combines interactive songs, story time, play, and art-making. The Reading Rug: Curious Colors Explore color and feelings! Students will observe colors, connect feelings with colors, enjoy a special story time featuring Yesterday I Had the Blues by Jerod Ashford Frame, and experiment with mixing colors while making their own watercolor painting. The Reading Rug: P is for Pottery Dig in to the art of pottery! Students will learn about the ancient art of pottery, connect pottery with everyday tasks like eating and drinking, enjoy a special story featuring The Pot that Juan Built by Nancy Andrews-Goebel, and make their own clay pot. The Reading Rug: All About Animals Go on an animal adventure! Watch for animals on a safari during a special story time featuring Over in the Forest by Marianne Berkes. Students will learn about animals that live in Southeast Texas, touch and learn about the tools artists use to make pictures of animals, and make an animal inspired masterpiece! The Reading Rug: Texas Round-Up Everything’s bigger in Texas – including a visit to the Stark Museum of Art! Cowboy and cowgirl up as we head to the ranch to discover all things western! Students will stalk wild horses and buffalo in the galleries, sing western songs around a make-believe campfire, hoot and holler during the story There Once Was A Cowpoke Who Swallowed an Ant by Helen Ketteman, and illustrate their own cowboy or cowgirl portrait in the art studio. Click here to learn more about our early learning programs.
First – Third GradeFirst through third grade programs are 1.5-hours, and include a 45-minute Museum visit and 45-minute Art Studio visit. These programs use interdisciplinary approaches to ignite student interest in the arts. Folktales and Wagon Trails Saddle up for an adventure in the Wild West! Students will practice storytelling and illustration while exploring folktales told throughout the American West during their visit to the Museum and create their own illustration of a traditional folktale in the Art Studio. Art of Animals Discover the animals living in the Museum! Search high and low for mammals, birds, and insects and uncover how artists create works of art featuring animals. Create our own animal-inspired work of art in the Art Studio. Art Across America All aboard! Go on an adventure in art and discover the people, places, and things from across the United States featured in the Museum! During this road trip across America, students will document their experience, including sketching, map-making, and creating a souvenir postcard in the Art Studio!
Fourth – Eighth GradeFourth through eighth grade programs are 2-hours, including a 1-hour Museum visit and 1-hour studio art experience. Programs focus on language arts, social studies, and the arts. The following programs are available: Language ARTS! Uncover how artists and writers use the same language. Students will use language arts activities to explore the Stark Museum of Art’s collection, comparing and contrasting, writing poetry, illustrating a prediction, distinguishing fact and fiction, and writing 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. Treasures of the Collection Discover your inner artist! 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 masterpiece inspired by the collection. Do All Indians Live in Tipis? Explore the American Indian collection at the Stark Museum of Art. In the galleries, students will be introduced to the Southwest American Indian tribes and grapple with common myths and frequently asked questions. Students also have the 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.
Ninth-TwelfthNinth through twelfth grade programs focus on fine art and careers. These programs offer a range of opportunities to engage with the Museum’s collection and staff, including tours and studio art experiences. 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-hour experience. Students will learn basic observation skills while identifying big ideas, key details, and 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. SMArt Jobs Explore the many careers available in the museum profession during this 2.5 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. 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. This program may be combined with additional high school offerings.
Museum and Garden Combination ProgramsThe Stark Museum of Art and Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center offer combined school field trip experiences for K-8 students. These programs integrate science, art, and history, and provide students the opportunity to explore topics deeply at both venues. These programs are 4.5hours long and may include an outpost tour. Students should bring a sack lunch for a half-hour lunch break. Driver should be prepared to shuttle between venues. Collecting Conversations: The Science & Art of Collecting 5th – 8th Grades Fall 2016 (September through December) Who has a rock collection? Stamp collection? People collect things. During this 4.5 hour experience, students will delve into the science and art of collecting. At Shangri La, students will explore botany from an interesting perspective as we investigate the challenges (soil, light, identification, etc.) and rewards of collecting living plants. At the Stark Museum of Art, students will consider why people assemble collections and conduct experiments to explore how museums use science to care for their artifacts. Students should bring a sack lunch; there will be a half-hour lunch break at Shangri La. The bus driver should be prepared to shuttle students between Shangri La and the Stark Museum of Art during this lesson. This program will only be offered during Fall 2016 and does not include an outpost tour.
Combination programs have limited availability. To register, email a request to Jamie Massa at firstname.lastname@example.org.