Discover the power of meaningful museum experiences!

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* SMA’s school experiences utilize active learning techniques to build twenty-first century learning skills.
* All programs are aligned with TEKS and Common Core strands.
* A maximum of fifty (50) students may be registered per experience. Multiple visits/times may be scheduled to accommodate entire grade levels.
* School experiences are ALWAYS free for students, teachers, and required chaperones.
* Busing reimbursement is available for schools throughout Region 5, Texas, and Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. Full details available online.

Book your experience online or call 409.221.6685.


 
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 2017-2018 catalog and to read the full descriptions about 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 2017-2018 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.

 

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Tour Offerings:

 

Pre-K – Kindergarten

Designed just for early learners, these 1-hour program combine interactive songs, story time, play, and art-making.
Curious Colors
Are you feeling bright or do you have the blues? Explore color and feelings with us at the Museum! Students will observe and recognize colors through songs, practice connecting feelings with colors, enjoy a special story time featuring My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss in the gallery, and experiment with mixing colors while making their own watercolor painting in the Art Studio.
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 in the American Indian gallery, and make their own clay pot in the Art Studio.
Shapes, Shapes Everywhere – NEW!
We’re going on a shape safari! Students will look all around in the galleries as we find triangles, circles, squares, and more, sing songs about shapes, enjoy a special story featuring Perfect Square by Michael Hall, and practice manipulating shapes as students create original collages in the Art Studio.
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 Grade

First 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 Fairy Tales
Once upon a time in a faraway land, students practiced storytelling and illustration at the Museum! During this program students will explore folktales and fairy tales while they visit the galleries and create their own illustration of a traditional folktale in the Art Studio. This program is aligned with Fine Arts and English Language Arts and Reading TEKS.
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. Students will create their own animal-inspired work of art in the Art Studio. This program is aligned with Fine Arts and Science TEKS.
Seasons of Art – NEW!
There’s art for every season! Explore the sights and sounds of fall, winter, spring, and summer across North America during an adventure through the galleries. Students will document the seasons using sensory language and sketching activities. Students will create a work of art inspired by the seasons in the Art Studio. This program is aligned with Fine Arts, Science, and Social Studies TEKS.

Fourth – Eighth Grade

Fourth 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. Students will create their own hand-bound sketchbook and illustrate the cover in the Art Studio. This program is aligned with Fine Arts and English Language Arts and Reading TEKS.
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. Students will create their own masterpiece inspired by the collection in the Art Studio. This program is aligned with Fine Arts TEKS.
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. Students will use the traditional coil method to create their own air-dry clay pottery in the Art Studio. This program is aligned with Fine Arts and Social Studies TEKS.

Ninth-Twelfth

Ninth 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. This program is aligned with Fine Arts TEKS.
Highlights of the Collection – NEW!
Experience highlights of the Museum’s collection during this 1-hour experience. Students will visit the galleries with a Museum educator and learn about western art while encountering significant works by artists such as John James Audubon, Charles Russell, Frederic Remington, and the Taos Society of Artists. This program is aligned with Fine Arts TEKS.
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 in the Art Studio. This program is aligned with Fine Arts and Mathematics TEKS and is also available in an abbreviated format for classroom outreach.
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. This program is aligned with Fine Arts TEKS.

Museum and Garden Combination Programs

The 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.
Birds, Birds, Birds: Adaptations and Art
1st – 4th Grades
Spring 2017 (February and March)
Experience the best of the Stark Museum of Art and Shangri La! For 4.5 hours, students will embark on an adventure to explore the natural habitats of Shangri La and how John James Audubon changed the way we see nature. Students become “eco-tourists” during this program as they learn about our feathered friends. At Shangri La, students will experience meadow and bayou habitats while searching for the animals that live in these places. They will observe birds nesting in our heronry. Students will focus on adaptations that allow birds to thrive in their ecological niche. This program does not include a boat tour. At the Museum, students will go on a birdwatching adventure through the galleries and discover how artists like John James Audubon rendered birds life-size and in their natural habitats. Students will create an original print of a bird native to Southeast Texas in the Art Studio. 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.

These programs have limited availability. To schedule your program, email a request to Jamie Massa at jmassa@shangirlagardens.org.