School Programs

School and Teacher Programs

A girl wearing an orange shirt looks at a statue of a bucking bronco cast in bronzeThe Blanton provides gallery lessons for PK–12 students that address different styles of learning through engaging conversation, collaborative investigation, and thoughtfully planned gallery activities. Guided visits invite students to draw connections between art, their lives, and the world around them so they can become more critically engaged citizens. Students are encouraged to use evidential reasoning to construct interpretations about objects of art and develop social and emotional skills. Lessons are designed to support TEKS and English language learners. They reinforce classroom objectives and promote arts integration across the curriculum.

A typical gallery lesson will feature four to six works of art and include some longer interpretive conversations, group activities, and choice-based learning opportunities. The Blanton’s talented gallery teaching team expects to customize their plans according to teacher and student needs and interests, as every group is unique.

We are committed to removing financial barriers for schools that demonstrate financial need by offering FREE BUSES and FREE ADMISSION through Art Access funding. To learn more about this opportunity, email tours@blantonmuseum.org or call 512.471.5025

BILINGUAL EDUCATION AT THE BLANTON

The Blanton is collaborating with UT’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction to deliver bilingual gallery lessons in both Spanish and English for dual language classrooms. Learn more about this exciting initiative by clicking here or by contacting education@blantonmuseum.org.

Single Visits: Come Once

Tales and Trails / Cuentos y Caminos (New)

[Registration for Spring 2017 is full. We continue to accept applications for a wait-list.] Combining social and emotional learning with literacy skills for students in pre-K through first grade, this program has three core components: a pre- visit lesson to accompany a book provided by the Blanton, a museum visit, and post-visit family extensions. Curriculum components are available in Spanish. Recommended program length is 40 minutes. Download the Tales and Trails curriculum by clicking here.

Art Trek

First time visitors will boldly go through the Blanton’s diverse collection, traversing time and space. Recommended for all grades as an introduction to considering art and ideas.

UTBridge

Bridging life and learning between high school and college, participating high school juniors and seniors will receive customized experiences, designed by Blanton educators in close collaboration with their teachers that meet both current learning goals and long-term objectives for success. Recommended program length is 2 hours.

Collection Areas

Select one collection area or choose up to 2 for a visit that develops a conversation across geographic regions, epochs, artistic styles, and themes.

  • Art of the American West 
  • Art of Ancient Greece and Rome 
  • European Art from 1400-1800 
  • Latin American Art 
  • Modern and Contemporary Art 
  • Pre-Columbian Ceramics 
  • Spanish Colonial Paintings 

Special Exhibitions

XU BING: BOOK FROM THE SKY
June 19, 2016–January 22, 2017

Xu Bing: Book from the Sky is a monumental installation by celebrated Chinese artist Xu Bing. Regarded as one of the masterpieces of twentieth-century Chinese art, Book from the Sky ushered in the avant-garde movement in post-Mao era China. Since its completion in the early 1990s, this profound meditation on the nature of language has been exhibited globally, a testimony to its provocative power and ability to engage viewers beyond its original context.

WARHOL BY THE BOOK
October 16, 2016–January 29, 2017

Warhol By the Book is the first museum exhibition in the United States to examine Andy Warhol’s career-long work in books—an overlooked and important aspect of the artist’s life and career. e exhibition presents nearly all of Warhol’s book projects from his early days as a student in Pittsburgh and commercial illustrator in New York to his years as a Pop art pioneer and superstar celebrity.

NINA KATCHADOURIAN
March 12–June 11, 2017

Nina Katchadourian is one of the most exciting mid-career artists working today. Her practice is at once conceptually rigorous and appealingly accessible. Her work reveals the creative potential, to use the artist’s words, that “lurks within the mundane,” and underscores the remarkable freedom and productivity that can come from working within limitations.

Multiple Visits: Come Often

The Blanton’s Multi-Visit Programs (MVPs) are available to grades 2-12. Each program consists of three sequential gallery lessons and complementary pre- and post-visit lessons to complete in class. All lessons support TEKS objectives and English Language Proficiency Standards. No application required.

Doing Social Justice (NEW)

Formulated in collaboration with the Anti-Defamation League Austin, Doing Social Justice asks students to critically examine their point of view and to empathetically take the perspective of others. Students will develop visual literacy strategies as they analyze current events and stereotypes presented through the lenses of artists from the Blanton’s collection. Beyond the museum, the six in-class lessons provide inspiration for doing school- and community-wide social justice. Recommended for grades 7-12.  Online curriculum coming soon!

Art and Feelings

Works of art from the Blanton’s collection will evoke empathy and inspire thoughtful conversation about social emotional learning (SEL) topics including responsibility, respect, safety, self, and collaboration. Art and Feelings’ three museum visits and pre- and post-visit lessons address relationship skills, self-awareness, self-management, and responsible decision-making. Students examine objects that demonstrate these concepts, and consider artists from the past and present who grapple with ideas relevant to the students’ daily lives.  Art and Feelings Curriculum

Inquiring Minds

Look at art through the lens of science! is STEAM-focused MVP will present the Blanton as a laboratory for learning. Students will experiment, problem-solve, hypothesize, and derive conclusions while developing critical thinking and visual literacy skills transferable to all curricular areas. Inquiring Minds Curriculum

Artists and Society

Does art imitate life or does life imitate art? Consider the role artists have played in describing and shaping their society, and how this tradition continues today. Aspiring artists may discover their own voice while all students will develop an appreciation for the powerful impact of art throughout the world. Artists and Society Curriculum

Between the Lines

A picture, or a sculpture, is worth a thousand words. Draw connections between the visual language of art and the power of the written word while experiencing the Blanton’s diverse collection. is MVP will develop students’ literacy skills as they uncover multiple meanings, discover new perspectives, and create rich narratives through the shared creative experience of art and language. Between the Lines Curriculum

Art Odyssey

Does an individual’s perception of art objects change through the application of different viewing strategies? In this MVP, students will develop an understanding of the methods artists use to make meaning through the close examination of formal, narrative, and symbolic devices. They will also construct and articulate their perceptions of art and the world around them. Art Odyssey Curriculum

 

 

Enrich and Extend Your Visit

WorkLAB Studio Mini Lessons

30-minute studio projects related to what you learn in the galleries. Available to PK-12 groups for a $2 materials fee per student. Capacity 30. To schedule, email tours@blantonmuseum.org

Outdoor Odysseys

Have time before or after your visit? Would you like your students to learn what it’s like to be a college student or just explore the UT campus? Outdoor Odyssey activity maps are available to download on your phone. Check out an accompanying backpack at the Blanton’s Visitor Services Desk.

Choose from:

  • Go Green provides fun field games using the green spaces adjacent to the museum.
  • Longhorn Loop is a walking tour that winds through Jester Dorm, Gregory Gymnasium, and past the Darrell K-Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.
  • Library Lookout gives students an insider’s guide to one of the libraries on campus, and an introduction to Landmarks, UT’s public art program.
  • Fountain Expedition is a hike to the Little Field Fountain and UT Tower with stops at various sculptures along the way.

H-E-B STUDY ROOM

The H-E-B study room is located in the Julia Matthews Wilkinson Center for Prints and Drawings, which houses a collection of over 16,000 prints, drawings, and photographs. Teachers may request an appointment for their students to visit the H-E-B Study Room as a complement to a gallery lesson. The H-E-B Study Room capacity is 20 individuals. To schedule, email tours@blantonmuseum.org

FOR TEACHERS

The Blanton excels in crafting custom-tailored workshops for PK-12 educators from a wide variety of disciplines such as social studies, literacy, Spanish language, STEM, and visual art. To ensure that ours are “the best PD ever” the Blanton education team works collaboratively with school partners. In doing so, we make certain that specific goals and curricular needs are met, and add personal touches unique to each group. Email education@blantonmuseum.org to learn more.

 

Scheduling

  • The Blanton can accommodate up to 75 gallery teacher-led students per hour. Larger groups may be scheduled for back-to-back guided visits.
  • Guided visits will discuss between four and six works of art.
  • Guided visits are scheduled on the hour.
  • Guided visits are 50 minutes long and may be available Tuesday to Friday from 10 am to 3 pm.
  • Teachers may elect to bring their students on a self-guided visit.
  • Self-guided visits are subject to space availability. The Blanton does not offer self-guided visits during the month of May.
  • A gallery teacher must lead Pre-K–3rd graders.
  • Both guided visits and self-guided visits are $2 per student, including on Thursdays.
  • Pre-K–12 groups must bring one adult chaperone for every eight students. Chaperones must stay with the group.
  • Required chaperones and teachers accompanying school groups are free. Additional adults pay the regular admission price of $9.
  • To schedule a visit, please fill out our online form at least three weeks in advance.

For information about School and Teacher Programs email education@blantonmuseum.org or 512.471.5512

Support for School Programs at the Blanton is provided by the Buena Vista Foundation, the Burdine Johnson Foundation, the CFP Foundation, the Susan Mayer Art Enrichment Endowment, and by grants from the Texas Commission on the Arts and Texas Women for the Arts.

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Additional support is provided by The Brown Foundation, Inc. Education Endowment and the Burdine Johnson Foundation Education Endowment.