Onsite Field Trips: 5th-8th Grade Registration


Go on the hunt for animals with us during this 4 ½ hour program. At Shangri La Gardens, students will observe how animals survive within their habitat. We will search for and examine tracks, skulls, and other animal signs left behind in their habitat and learn about specific eating habits of carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores. At the Stark Museum of Art, students will stalk the galleries to find animals depicted in artworks, including 16th century European hunting prints (on loan from the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, Houston), as well as discuss the role hunting and art plays in habitat conservation. In the studio, students will learn how to make a print of their own design and will then hand color the print. 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.


During this fast-paced, 2-hour program, students will have an opportunity to see an overview of the Stark Museum of Art’s world-renowned collection of Western American Art. Students will briefly look and actively discuss approximately 10 works of art throughout the museum’s five main galleries. In the art studio, students will race the clock as they make a work of art inspired by a creativity challenge. This program is aligned with Fine Art TEKS.


We’re all hands in for this clay-based studio! During this 2-hour program, students will get inspired during a visit to our galleries to see our world-renowned collection of landscape art and then create their own nature-inspired bas-relief clay tile. In the studio, students will learn how to hand-cut tiles from clay slabs, attach clay appliques securely, press in stamps and patterns as desired, and create a finished bas-relief tile. Student artwork will be fired in our kiln and ready for pickup in approximately 4 weeks. 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.


Your students have the “write stuff”! During this 2-hour program, students will discover their inner poet as they write poetry about artworks they encounter during their museum gallery visit. Students will experiment with writing at least three different types of poems before heading to the studios to create their own word-inspired art. This program is aligned with Language Arts and Fine Art TEKS.

5th-8th Grade: Onsite Field Trip Registration 22-23

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