READING RUG: LITTLE ARTISTS
Add a splash of color to your student’s year during this 1-hour program! Students will discover the rainbow-like world surrounding them as they search a gallery for bold colors, enjoy the story Sky Color by Peter Reynolds, and create their own watercolor painting during their visit to the Art Studio.
TEXAS, OUR TEXAS
Tug on your boots and get ready for a great big Texas adventure from the Hill County 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!
SMA STUDIO: SCRATCH THE SURFACE
During this special 2-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’ uses 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 will be required to return to pick-up artwork once fired.
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 an original work of art inspired by their visit to the special exhibition while in the Art Studio. This program is aligned with Fine Arts TEKS.
SMA STUDIO: CLAY RELIEF TILES
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 will be required to return to pick-up artwork once fired.
Experience the best of the Stark Museum of Art and Shangri La Gardens during this 4 1/2 hour program! Students will explore the link between plant structures and their functions as we explore the flora of Shangri La Gardens. We will examine different types of roots, flowers, and seeds as we investigate different plant adaptations. If the weather cooperates, this lesson may include a boat tour. At the Stark Museum of Art, students will discover how artists use botany both as inspirations for works of art and as a material to create their art. Students will explore the special exhibition, Enlarging the View: Contemporary Photographs & Connections, as well as botanical prints and American Indian basketry from the museum’s collection. In the studio, students will create a mixed media print using natural materials harvested during their visit to Shangri La Gardens.
Students will spend approximately 2 hours at Shangri La Gardens in the morning and 2 hours at the Stark Museum Art in the afternoon. 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 this lesson.
SMA STUDIO: FUSED GLASS MOSAICS
During this 2-hour studio program, high school students will have the opportunity to learn about fused glass and create their own fused glass mosaics. Students will explore the elements of art and design while creating an original mosaic. Fused glass mosaics will be fired in our kiln and ready for pickup in approximately 4 weeks. Participating teachers will be required to return to pick-up artwork once fired.
THINK LIKE AN ARTIST | SCHEDULED BY REQUEST
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 of observation can be used in a wide assortment of careers. This program is aligned with Fine Arts TEKS.
INSPIRING CURIOSITY WORKSHOP | SCHEDULED BY REQUEST
A recent museum study finds that “curious individuals are more open to learning about other perspectives and cultures.” This 1.5-hour workshop encourages students to consider ways to inspire curiosity and expand the stories told in the Stark Museum of Art’s galleries. Students will work in small groups with a facilitator to answer discussion prompts in a designated gallery. Groups will meet to discuss their findings and share their suggestions. Student feedback will be considered as the museum plans for future exhibitions.
SKETCHING IN THE GALLERIES | SCHEDULED BY REQUEST
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.
SELF-GUIDED VISIT | SCHEDULED BY REQUEST
Self-guided visits are perfect for teachers who want to lead their own tours of the Museum. Self-guided visits are typically 1-hour programs. A Museum Educator will greet your group upon arrival and review available exhibitions and museum manners before you explore the galleries.