School Programs

Guided visits invite students to draw connections between art, their lives, and the world around them so they can become more critically engaged citizens. Students are encouraged to use evidential reasoning to construct interpretations about objects of art and develop social and emotional skills. Lessons are designed to support TEKS and English language learners. They reinforce classroom objectives and promote arts integration across the curriculum.

A typical gallery lesson will feature four to six works of art and include some longer interpretive conversations, group activities, and choice-based learning opportunities. The Blanton’s talented gallery teaching team expects to customize their plans according to teacher and student needs and interests, as every group is unique.

We are committed to removing financial barriers for schools that demonstrate financial need by offering FREE BUSES and FREE ADMISSION through Art Access funding. To learn more about this opportunity, email or call 512.471.5025.

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The Blanton excels in crafting custom-tailored workshops for PK-12 educators from a wide variety of disciplines such as social studies, literacy, Spanish language, STEM, and visual art. To ensure that ours are “the best PD ever” the Blanton education team works collaboratively with school partners. In doing so, we make certain that specific goals and curricular needs are met, and add personal touches unique to each group. Email to learn more.

Teacher Programs and Resources

Professional Development Menu

The Blanton is collaborating with UT’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction to deliver bilingual gallery lessons in both Spanish and English for dual language classrooms.

Bilingual gallery lessons not only support dual language development for students who are learning English and Spanish, they also send an important signal to parents and the Austin community at large that the Blanton cares about dual language acquisition. If the Blanton’s bilingual project had a motto, it might be something like, “Learning English is important, but don’t forget your native language and culture. Sí no lo usa, lo olvides.” If you listen in on a fifth grade bilingual gallery lesson you will hear students who are fluent in both languages speaking in a mix of English and Spanish. Please note that these tours are only offered on Thursday mornings.

Your students will:

  • Be co-taught by Graduate Teaching fellows who are specializing in art education, and UT’s Bilingual Bicultural Education students.
  • Be encouraged to participate in either language.
  • Hear both languages being honored in a museum setting
  • Learn how to look longer and talk confidently about art


  • 100 students or less
  • Must bring at least 50% or more bilingual students
  • Availability on Thursday mornings
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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.

Doing Social Justice [NEW]

Formulated in collaboration with the Anti-Defamation League Austin, Doing Social Justice asks students to critically examine their point of view and to empathetically take the perspective of others. Students will develop visual literacy strategies as they analyze current events and stereotypes presented through the lenses of artists from the Blanton’s collection.

You are encouraged to bring your students for multiple visits, but we understand that is not always possible. If you would like to choose themes that are relevant to your teaching and create a custom one visit, we would love to work with you in facilitating this. Explore our downloadable curriculum below.

Recommended for Grades 7-12.

Context Critical Analysis The Inspiration to Act

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.

Tales and Trails / Cuentos y Caminos [NEW]

[Registration for Spring 2017 is full. We continue to accept applications for a wait-list.] 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. Curriculum components are available in Spanish. Explore our downloadable curriculum below, and schedule a visit to receive your book.

Pre-K Kindergarten 1st Grade
Collection Areas

Select one collection area or choose up to 2 for a visit that develops a conversation across geographic regions, epochs, artistic styles, and themes.

• Art of the American West
• Art of Ancient Greece and Rome
• European Art from 1400-1800
• Latin American Art
• Modern and Contemporary Art
• Pre-Columbian Ceramics
• Spanish Colonial Paintings
• Special Exhibitions

Nina Katchadourian

March 12–June 11, 2017
Nina Katchadourian is one of the most exciting mid-career artists working today. Her practice is at once conceptually rigorous and appealingly accessible. Her work reveals the creative potential, to use the artist’s words, that “lurks within the mundane,” and underscores the remarkable freedom and productivity that can come from working within limitations.

Epic Tales from Ancient India: Paintings from the San Diego Museum of Art

July 9–October 15, 2017
Comprising 91 Indian paintings from the renowned Edwin Binney 3rd Collection at the San Diego Museum of Art, this exhibition and the accompanying catalogue will introduce audiences to beloved characters such as Rama, Sita, Hanuman, Krishna, and the great Persian hero Rostam—as well as an assortment of powerful demons and deadly beasts. Audiences will also learn the basic tools for reading and understanding Indian paintings. The paintings will be organized by text: Ramayana, Bhagavata Purana, Ragamala, and Persian-language works such as the Book of Kings, Shahnama. While most of these “miniature” paintings depict scenes of epic adventure, images related to the Ragamala convey the emotions carried through music, as told through the stories of lovers. This exhibition is organized by the San Diego Museum of Art.

The Blanton’s Multi-Visit Programs (MVPs) are available to grades 2-12. Each program consists of three sequential gallery lessons and complementary pre- and post-visit lessons to complete in class. All lessons support TEKS objectives and English Language Proficiency Standards. No application required.

Doing Social Justice [NEW]

Formulated in collaboration with the Anti-Defamation League Austin, Doing Social Justice asks students to critically examine their point of view and to empathetically take the perspective of others. Students will develop visual literacy strategies as they analyze current events and stereotypes presented through the lenses of artists from the Blanton’s collection.

Recommended for Grades 7-12. See above section for curriculum.

Art and Feelings

Works of art from the Blanton’s collection will evoke empathy and inspire thoughtful conversation about social emotional learning (SEL) topics including responsibility, respect, safety, self, and collaboration. Art and Feelings’ three museum visits and pre- and post-visit lessons address relationship skills, self-awareness, self-management, and responsible decision-making. Students examine objects that demonstrate these concepts, and consider artists from the past and present who grapple with ideas relevant to the students’ daily lives.

Art and Feelings Curriculum
Inquiring Minds

Look at art through the lens of science! is STEAM-focused MVP will present the Blanton as a laboratory for learning. Students will 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. is MVP will develop students’ literacy skills as they uncover multiple meanings, discover new perspectives, and create rich narratives through the shared creative experience of art and language.

Between the Lines Curriculum
Art Odyssey

Does an individual’s perception of art objects change through the application of different viewing strategies? In this MVP, students will develop an understanding of the methods artists use to make meaning through the close examination of formal, narrative, and symbolic devices. They will also construct and articulate their perceptions of art and the world around them.

Art Odyssey Curriculum
WorkLAB Studio Mini Lessons

30-minute studio projects related to what you learn in the galleries. Available to PK-12 groups for a $2 materials fee per student. Capacity 30. To schedule, email

Outdoor Odysseys

Have time before or after your visit? Would you like your students to learn what it’s like to be a college student or just explore the UT campus? Outdoor Odyssey activity maps are available to download on your phone. Check out an accompanying backpack at the Blanton’s Visitor Services Desk.

Choose from:
  • Go Green provides fun field games using the green spaces adjacent to the museum.
  • Longhorn Loop is a walking tour that winds through Jester Dorm, Gregory Gymnasium, and past the Darrell K-Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.
  • Library Lookout gives students an insider’s guide to one of the libraries on campus, and an introduction to Landmarks, UT’s public art program.
  • Fountain Expedition is a hike to the Little Field Fountain and UT Tower with stops at various sculptures along the way.
H-E-B Study Room

The H-E-B study room is located in the Julia Matthews Wilkinson Center for Prints and Drawings, which houses a collection of over 16,000 prints, drawings, and photographs. Teachers may request an appointment for their students to visit the H-E-B Study Room as a complement to a gallery lesson. The H-E-B Study Room capacity is 20 individuals. To schedule, email

• The Blanton can accommodate up to 75 gallery teacher-led students per hour. Larger groups may be scheduled for back-to-back guided visits.
• Guided visits will discuss between four and six 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 subject to space availability. The Blanton does not offer self-guided visits during the month of May.
• A gallery teacher must lead Pre-K–3rd graders.
• Both guided visits and self-guided visits are $2 per student, including on Thursdays.
• Pre-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 fill out our online form at least three weeks in advance.

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For information about School and Teacher Programs email or 512.471.5512

Support for School Programs at the Blanton is provided by the Buena Vista Foundation, the Burdine Johnson Foundation, Jeanne and Michael Klein, the CFP Foundation, Nordstrom, the Susan Mayer Art Enrichment Endowment, and by grants from the Texas Commission on the Arts and Texas Women for the Arts.

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