Onsite Field Trips: 1st-4th Grade Registration


Go wild for art! Roam the West in search of animals and depictions of their habitats during this 1.5-hour program. Learn more about the animals of the West and how the prints, paintings, and sculptures illustrating them were made. This program includes visits to the special exhibition A Noble Pastime: Hunting Pictures from the Collection of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation (Houston, TX) and the brand-new installation of bronze animal sculptures in the Museum’s lobby. In the Art Studio, students will create their own animal-inspired work of art. This program is aligned with Fine Arts and Science TEKS.


Tug on your boots and get ready for a great big Texas adventure from the Hill Country to Big Bend! During this 1.5-hour program, students will explore the galleries during a jaunt through Texas history while seeing paintings from the 1800s and 1900s and learning about state symbols through glass and ceramic sculptures. In the art studio, students will create their own original work of art about the great state of Texas. This program is aligned with Fine Arts and Social Studies TEKS and is the perfect match for your Texas-themed unit!


During this special 1.5-hour studio program, students will learn how to use Sgraffito technique to draw! We will paint layers of color onto a 6” ceramic tile, then use a pointed tool to draw directly into it, revealing the layers underneath. During their visit, students will view Acoma Pottery in the Stark Museum of Art galleries to gain insight from other potters’ use of this technique. We will discuss how pottery and glazes are fired. When they are finished, we will fire the tiles in our kiln. Tiles will be ready for pickup approximately 4 weeks following the program. Participating teachers are required to return to pick-up artwork once fired. This program is aligned with Fine Arts TEKS.

A maximum of 30 students may be scheduled per session for this program.


Experience the best of the Stark Museum of Art and Shangri La Gardens! For 4½ hours, students will embark on an adventure to explore the natural habitats of Shangri La Gardens and discover how John James Audubon changed the way we see nature during their visit to the Museum. At the Gardens, students will experience meadow, forest, and bayou habitats while searching for the animals that live in these places. At the Museum, students will learn how art and science come together when creating animal paintings, sculptures, and prints. During the studio art experience, students will create their own animal-inspired artwork. Registration begins August 31 for Orange County schools.

Students will spend approximately 2 hours at Shangri La Gardens and 2 hours at the Stark Museum Art. Students should bring a sack lunch; there will be a 1/2 hour lunch break at Shangri La Gardens. The bus driver should be prepared to shuttle students between Shangri La Gardens and the Stark Museum of Art during these programs.

1st-4th Grade: Onsite Field Trip Registration 22-23

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  • Maximum of 50 students per most programs. SMA Studio programs have a maximum of 30 students.
    Please enter a number less than or equal to 50.
  • We strive to provide accommodations that ensure everyone has the best possible experience.
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