K-12 School and Teacher Programs
Book your K-12 visit online using this form.
Admission for teachers is always free when you show your school ID.
Educator Membership: Educators receive a discount of $10 on any level of membership (must provide name of school affiliation)
Educators also receive a 20% discount on teacher workshops. To become a member, visit our membership page.
The Blanton provides guided visits for 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 eight works of art. They reinforce classroom objectives and promote arts integration across the curriculum.
- The Blanton can accommodate up to 75 Docent-led students per hour. Larger groups may be scheduled for back-to-back guided visits.
- Guided visits are scheduled on the hour and will discuss between four and eight 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 scheduled on the half hour, subject to space availability. The Blanton does not offer self-guided visits during the month of May.
- A docent must lead K–3rd graders.
- Both guided visits and self-guided visits are $2 per student, including on Thursdays.
- 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 click here to fill out our online form at least three weeks in advance.
Preparing for Your Visit
- Review the museum guidelines included in your visit confirmation and share all information with your students and chaperones.
- Museum rules: Please share these rules with your class before visiting, so everyone can have an enjoyable experience. Oprimas aquí para versión en español.
- Inform students that they will look closely at 4-6 objects during their visit.
- Box lunches for school groups can be ordered through the café a minimum of four business days in advance. Contact the Blanton Café to place an order.
- Inclement weather policy: Please review our policy prior to your visit.
K-12 Single Visits
El Blanton ofrece visitas guiadas en español. Favor de preguntar por un guía bilingue cuando se hace su visita.
“No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass
Adventure through the museum to discover the fantastic world of art and the stories objects of art inspire! In addition to listening to books carefully selected to align with objects in the Blanton’s permanent collection, budding art appreciators might act, draw, and creatively move throughout the galleries. What fun! Recommended for Pre-K–2nd grade.'
“Let’s see what’s out there.... Engage!”
― Captain Picard
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.
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 3–12.
Travel back in time to sixteenth-, seventeenth-, and eighteenth-century Europe. Students will investigate the people, places, and culture of that epoch by looking closely at works of art. Download content found on iPads in the Blanton’s galleries here.
Engage your students in modern works by artists from North, Central, and South America. Formal and stylistic qualities of the objects might be discussed as well as their historical and cultural context.
- Modern and Contemporary:
What topics are artists interested in? What materials do artists use to make art? How can students learn to think more like artists? These questions and others will be examined, along with modern and contemporary objects. Download content found on iPads in the Blanton’s galleries here.
- Art of Ancient Greece and Rome:
What can we learn about ancient Greek costume, architecture, and mythology by looking at an oil container? What can we learn about the enduring relevance of Greek and Roman art from nineteenth-century plaster casts? This visit will offer fascinating facts and ask students to form opinions. Download content found on iPads in the Blanton’s galleries here.
- Re-Envisioning the Virgin Mary: Colonial Painting from South America
July 5, 2015 - July 3, 2016
This installation showcases exquisite, large-scale devotional paintings of the Virgin from colonial South America. Borrowed from world-renowned private collectors Marilynn and Carl Thoma and Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, the seven paintings originate from what is now Peru and Bolivia. Together, the works capture what became a truly new and American style of painting, melding European and pre-Columbian cultures during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
- Impressionism and the Caribbean: Francisco Oller and His Transatlantic World
June 14 – September 16, 2015
The Blanton presents Impressionism and the Caribbean: Francisco Oller and His Transatlantic World, an exhibition of approximately eighty paintings by Realist-Impressionist painter Francisco Oller (1833–1917) and his contemporaries. Organized by the Brooklyn Museum and debuting at the Blanton, the exhibition reveals Oller’s important contributions to both the Paris avant-garde and the Puerto Rican school of painting. Providing historical, geographic, and cultural context for Oller’s work, the exhibition also features paintings by nineteenth-century masters Paul Cézanne, Winslow Homer, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, and others. The Blanton’s presentation also includes a small selection of works by contemporaneous Texas artists working on both sides of the Atlantic.
- Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm
July 11 - November 15, 2015
The Blanton presents Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm an exhibition of more than 30 gouache and pastel drawings by artist Natalie Frank, a New York-based Austin native. Organized by The Drawing Center in New York, this presentation explores the nineteenth-century fairy tales of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, including well-known stories such as Cinderella and Snow White, and more obscure tales such as The Lettuce Donkey and The Ungrateful Son. Her drawings function as a feminist reimagining of the stories. In them, Frank renders key scenes from each fairy tale, investigating the ways in which they address gender, sexuality, and complex familial dynamics. Teacher or adult preview prior to visiting is strongly recommended.
- Moderno: Design for Living in Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela, 1940-1978
October 11 - January 17, 2016
The Blanton presents Moderno: Design for Living in Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela, 1940–1978. Organized by the Americas Society in New York, the exhibition is the first to examine how design transformed the domestic landscape of Latin America, during a period marked by major stylistic developments and social and political change. The presentation features over 130 works, including furniture, ceramics, metalwork, textiles, and graphic design by Lina Bo Bardi, Clara Porset, Miguel Arroyo and others. To further highlight this innovative chapter in the history of Latin American modernism, the Blanton’s showing will expand upon the New York presentation to include additional furniture, domestic objects, and a selection of Brazilian, Mexican, and Venezuelan paintings from both the Blanton’s holdings and private collections.
- The Crusader Bible: A Gothic Masterpiece
December 12 - April 3, 2016
The Crusader Bible, from the collection of the Morgan Library in New York, is considered one of the most important and fascinating illuminated manuscripts in history. Likely created in Paris around 1250, the book is renowned for its unrivaled and boldly colored illustrations and for its incredible provenance. The Bible has been associated with the court of Louis IX, the pious crusader king of France and builder of the Sainte-Chapelle, and from Paris, made its way to Italy, Poland, Persia, Egypt, England, and finally, to New York. Visitors will have an opportunity to view over forty unbound folios by seven anonymous artists. Old Testament stories are brought to life, through bright images of medieval castles, towns, and battling knights in armor, reflecting the world of the Crusades in thirteenth-century France. The book originally had no text, but later inscriptions were added in Latin, Persian, and Judeo-Persian, reflecting the manuscript's rich history.
- Come As You Are: Art of the 1990s
February 21 - May 15, 2016
Come As You Are: Art of the 1990s is the first major American museum survey to historicize the art of this pivotal decade. The exhibition showcases approximately 60 works in a diverse range of media by 45 artists including Janine Antoni, Byron Kim, Felix Gonzales-Torres, Nikki S. Lee, Fred Wilson and Kara Walker. The exhibition offers an overview of art made in the United States between 1989 and 2001—from the fall of Communism to 9/11—and is organized around three principle themes: the so-called “identity politics” debates; the digital revolution; and globalization.
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
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
Art Central began in 1977 and was developed in partnership with AISD to teach visual arts curricula, as well as foster deep engagement with works of art. Through this program, students in grades four and five visit the museum with their teacher during the school year and participate in guided museum visits and gallery activities led by Gallery Teachers who are UT graduate students. Teachers receive a full day of training at the beginning of the school year and professional development support throughout the year. Supplemental curriculum and resources are provided. Students receive an in-class pre-program lesson with their Gallery Teacher, free transportation and free admission to the museum. Teachers have an opportunity to enroll their class in a studio lesson in the Blanton’s Art Lab either before or after their museum visit. Applicants are accepted in the spring of each year for the upcoming school year. Applying schools may determine which of the Blanton’s multi-visit programs best fits their students’ needs; all align with Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS).
Click here for the 2015-2016 school year application.
For information about Art Central contact:
For teachers in the program, schedule your Art Central visits online.
Programs for Teachers
The Blanton’s diverse programs are open to teachers of all disciplines. Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits are available to teachers for the Blanton’s professional development programs.
Teacher Tonic 2016
5 - 8 p.m.
Save the date for a light and refreshing evening of professional development! Experience the Blanton's special exhibition, Come As You Are: Art of the 1990s, participate in workshops, enjoy refreshments, discounted shopping, and chair massages.
Resources for Teachers
Blanton Collection iPad Content
Professional Development Menu
2015 school programs poster
Art Odyssey Curriculum
Art and Feelings Curriculum
Inquiring Minds Curriculum
Artists and Society Curriculum
Between the Lines Curriculum
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
Byron Kim educational poster and lesson plan
Byron Kim questionnaire
Jae Jarrell lesson plan
Teacher Tonic Dramatic Arts Workshop
Support for K-12 education programs at the Blanton is provided by the Applied Materials Foundation, the Buena Vista Foundation, the CFP Foundation, the Burdine Johnson Foundation, the Lowe Foundation, the Kinder Morgan Foundation, Nordstrom, RBC Wealth Management, the Shield-Ayers Foundation, Tokyo Electron, and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts.
Additional support is provided by The Brown Foundation, Inc. Education Endowment and the Burdine Johnson Foundation Education Endowment.