Admission for teachers is always free when you show your school ID.
Pre-K–12 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. They reinforce classroom objectives and promote arts integration across the curriculum.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Applications for the 2014-2015 school year will be available in April 2014.
For information about Art Central contact:
For teachers in the program, schedule your Art Central visits online.
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.
Public Lecture: Archaeological Findings
Saturday, April 26
Archaeologist Steve Bourget presents exciting new findings from a dig in the Peruvian north coast region of the Andes. Presented in conjunction with Between Mountains and Sea
Funding provided by the Carolyn Harris Hynson Centennial Endowment.
SoundSpace: Downtown NYC 1960
Sunday, April 27
SoundSpace creates visual and sonic experiences in performances throughout the Blanton. In conjunction with the exhibition Converging Lines, Downtown NYC 1960 features dynamic experimental works by composers based in lower Manhattan in the 1960s, such as Steve Reich, La Monte Young, Terry Riley, and Philip Glass, as well as more recent compositions inspired by this movement.
5PM - 7:30PM
Spend a refreshing evening at the Blanton! Bubble over with ideas, floating through the museum. Venture through galleries; percolate in workshops. Enjoy fizzing sips and nips of nosh. Registration is limited; arrive at five to pick your potion! Click here to register.
Look | Make | Play
Summer Teacher Institute 2014
July 16, 17, & 18
Presenting three full days of professional development and evening events for K-12 art teachers. Deeply engage in new and transformative approaches to facilitating visual art experiences for students with the Blanton, The Contemporary Austin, and Mexic-Arte Museum. Registration information coming soon.
Art + Online
Multimedia resources that offer dynamic connections between art and another discipline.
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Support for K-12 education programs at the Blanton is provided by the Applied Materials Foundation, the CFP Foundation, Chase, the Burdine Johnson Foundation, the Kinder Morgan Foundation, Nordstrom, the Shield-Ayres Foundation, 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.