The Blanton is dedicated to working with university faculty to create unique learning experiences for students through the first-hand study of original works of art. The museum seeks to be a place for active student learning and discovery, expanding knowledge and human understanding while fostering innovative thinking in all disciplines. By investigating works of art first-hand and connecting them to ideas and contexts in other fields, the Blanton trains students in core skills vital to their academic success and personal development.
Faculty from astronomy, classics, English, geography, history, Latin American studies, mathematics, medicine, music, pharmacy, political science, religion, social work, Spanish and Portuguese, and numerous other departments regularly use the Blanton as an extension of the classroom. Blanton educators are available to help design customized class sessions in the galleries or Print Study Room that enhance student understanding of course content and achieve desired learning objectives. Sustained close looking, open-ended questioning, and active learning techniques are employed to advance critical thinking, problem solving, oral communication, and visual literacy skills.
There are many ways to integrate original works of art into teaching and learning in other disciplines. A visit to the museum can provide cultural context, exemplify ideas and concepts encountered in class, teach visual literacy, introduce methodology, or provide a focus for student assignments and projects.
Download examples and more information about possible models for teaching with art. (PDF - download Adobe Reader)
Please read our policies on class visits here. To schedule a class visit, please complete our online request form. Please allow at least three weeks notice for customized class sessions designed by the Blanton’s professional educators.
As both the campus art museum and the largest public art collection in Central Texas, the Blanton acts as an interface between university and community audiences. The Blanton frequently presents public programs such as gallery talks and musical performances designed to showcase the intellectual and creative talents of UT faculty and graduate students. Faculty expertise, as well as graduate student research, also routinely shape the interpretation of collections and exhibitions.
The link below leads to one such faculty collaboration, an audio guide for Through the Eyes of Texas. It features fascinating stories told by UT professors, museum curators and educators, and art collectors about the extraordinary objects from the art collections of UT alumni on view at the Blanton spring of 2013.
When resources allow, the Blanton offers several meeting spaces for academic use for graduate and undergraduate courses, departments and organizations that utilize the Blanton's collections and exhibitions as a resource or have a significant tie to the arts.