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K-12 Programs

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.

Schools that demonstrate financial need may be eligible for the Art Access program, which seeks to increase 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

K-12 Single Visits

Visitas Guiadas
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.'

Art Trek

“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.


The Blanton’s Multi-Visit Programs (MVPs) are available to grades 3-12. Each program consists of three sequential gallery lessons and gallery activities. All lessons support TEKS objectives. 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

Art Central

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:

Andrea Saenz Williams at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 512.471.4523

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 programs are FREE; pre-registration is REQUIRED. Register at (search: Blanton Teacher Program)

Teacher Tonic 2016
February 25 / 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.

Writing Real-life Fairy Tales
Saturday, October 17 / 1-4 p.m.
ELA Teachers
Examine artist Natalie Frank’s interpretations of the original stories of the Brothers Grimm and learn teaching strategies that use fairy tales as a mode for exploring everyday life. 
Register here 

Moderno Design Challenge
Saturday, November 14 / 1-4 p.m.
Middle School and High School Art Teachers
Calling all design enthusiasts! Apply your aesthetic abilities at this design-thinking challenge inspired by the special exhibition, Moderno: Design for Living in Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela, 1940-78.
Register here 

Illuminated Bookmaking
Saturday, January 16 / 1-4 p.m.
Middle School and High School Art Teachers
Tour The Crusader Bible: A Gothic Masterpiece and learn bookmaking techniques to use in your classroom.
Register here


Resources for Teachers

Blanton Collection iPad Content

Professional Development Menu

2015 school programs

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

Jae Jarrell lesson plan

Teacher Tonic Dramatic Arts Workshop

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 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.

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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