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K-12 Programs

School and Teacher Programs


Book your Pre-K - 12 visit online using this form.

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The Blanton provides guided visits for Pre-K–12 students that address different learning modalities through engaging conversation, collaborative investigation, and thoughtfully planned gallery activities. Gallery lessons encourage students to draw connections between their lives and the world around them so they can become more empathetic citizens. Guided visits encourage students to construct interpretations about objects of art and develop skills in critical thinking and language. Lessons at the Blanton are designed to support TEKS objectives and focus on between four and six works of art. They reinforce classroom objectives and promote arts integration across the curriculum. WorkLAB Studio Sessions complement time in the galleries and may be booked at the time you schedule your tour online. The Blanton is also proud to support English Language Learners through its Bilingual co-teaching model. To learn more, scroll down to the Bilingual Co-Teaching section.

Schools that demonstrate financial need may be eligible for the Art Access program, which seeks to increase Pre-K–12 student access to the museum by offering funding for transportation and guided visit fees on a first-come, first-served basis. To learn more about this opportunity, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Preparing for Your Visit

Single Visits

Visitas Guiadas
El Blanton ofrece visitas guiadas en español. Favor de preguntar por un guía bilingue cuando se hace su visita.

Tales and Trails
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.

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.

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 and Special Exhibitions

Select one collection area or choose up to 2 for a visit that develops a conversation across geographic regions, epochs, artistic styles, and themes. Collection area and special exhibition guided visits are recommended for grades 2–12.


The Blanton’s Multi-Visit Programs (MVPs) are available to grades 2-12. Each program consists of three sequential gallery lessons and gallery activities. All lessons support TEKS objectives and English Language Proficiency Standards. Teachers will be provided pre- and post-visit lessons to complete in class. No application required. Click here for detailed MVP descriptions. If you are interested in scheduling an MVP with the Blanton, please contact the Tour Scheduler at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Art Odyssey
Does an individual’s perception of art objects change through the application of different strategies? Develop an understanding of the methods artists use to make meaning through the close examination of formal, symbolic, and narrative qualities. Students construct and articulate their perceptions of art and the world around them. Art Odyssey Curriculum

Art and Feelings
Responsibility, respect, safety, self, collaboration- works of art from the Blanton’s collection will evoke empathy and inspire thoughtful conversation about social emotional learning (SEL). Topics for guided visits include relationship skills, self-awareness, self-management, and responsible decision-making. Students examine objects that demonstrate these concepts, extrapolate interpretations, and consider artists from the past and present that grapple with ideas relevant to the students’ daily lives. Art and Feelings Curriculum

Inquiring Minds
Look at art through the lens of science! With the Blanton as their laboratory for learning, students 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. Students uncover multiple meanings, discover new perspectives, and create rich narratives through the shared creative experience of art and language. Between the Lines Curriculum

Bilingual Co-Teaching

The Blanton is collaborating with UT's Department of Curriculum and Instruction to deliver bilingual gallery lessons in both Spanish and English. Dual language schools are encouraged to apply. Click here to learn more about this exciting initiative. 



Resources for Teachers

Blanton Collection iPad Content

Professional Development Menu

2015-2016 School and Teacher Program Brochure

MVP Resources

Art Odyssey Curriculum

Art and Feelings Curriculum

Inquiring Minds Curriculum

Artists and Society Curriculum

Between the Lines Curriculum

Outdoor Odysseys
Groups are encouraged to download an Outdoor Odyssey activity map to use while visiting UT. Accompanying backpacks full of supplies are available for complimentary checkout at the Visitor Services Desk (limit one per group).

Outdoor Odyssey: Go Green

Outdoor Odyssey: Longhorn Loop

Outdoor Odyssey: Library Lookout

Outdoor Odyssey: Fountain Expedition

Additional Resources

Byron Kim educational poster and lesson plan

Byron Kim questionnaire

Teacher Tonic Dramatic Arts Workshop

Teacher Tonic Mindful Mini-Guide

For information about School and Teacher Programs contact: Andrea Saenz Williams at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 512.471.4523

Support for K-12 education programs at the Blanton is provided by the Applied Materials Foundation, the Buena Vista Foundation, the CFP Foundation, the Susan Mayer Art Enrichment Endowment, the Kinder Morgan Foundation, and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Applied Materials Foundation

Texas Commission on the Arts

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










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