Onsite Field Trips: Registration

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 in the Art Studio. This 1-hour program is aligned with Texas Pre-K guidelines and Kindergarten TEKS.

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. This 1-hour program is aligned with Texas Pre-K guidelines and Kindergarten TEKS.


WILD ABOUT ART

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.

TEXAS, OUR TEXAS

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!

SMA STUDIO: SCRATCH THE SURFACE

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.

AUDUBON ADVENTURES

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.


ON THE HUNT

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.

AROUND THE GALLERY IN 60 MINUTES

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.

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 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.

ART OF POETRY

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.


PERSPECTIVES ON THE WEST | SCHEDULED BY REQUEST

What does the phrase “West” mean to you? During this 1-hour program, students will explore the West from the perspective of four very different artists. This program includes close looks at artists whose work ranges from 19th-21st centuries and whose artwork tells unique stories of the West. This program will prompt students to look closely at artwork depicting the West, how it is defined, and what it means personally. This program is aligned with Fine Arts and Social Studies TEKS.

SMA STUDIO: GELLI PLATE PRINTING

Are you ready to Gelli? During this 2-hour studio program, high school students will have the opportunity to explore monoprinting using the gelli plate printing process. Students will create multilayered prints using a variety of techniques emphasizing the principles of design. Finished prints can be used to create books, collages, and more. This program includes a visit to the galleries to see how artists on view at the Stark Museum of Art have used a variety of printmaking methods.

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

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.