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.
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.
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
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.