Education Resources

During the temporary pause in the Blanton Museum of Art’s gallery teaching program because of the pandemic, our education team has designed a robust program of digital content to meet the needs of university and PK-12 audiences. As with our regular in-gallery visits, these modules utilize works of art in the Blanton’s permanent collection.

We hope both educators and students find these resources, outlined below, useful and enriching.

Based on planning sessions with university faculty and staff, the education team is developing instructional modules in three areas:

  • Thinking through Art
  • Artists and Social Justice
  • Human Flourishing and Building Community
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Feedback from PK-12 educators about their curriculum needs has informed the development of the resources outlined below. Each lesson will feature art from the Blanton’s permanent collection. All lessons are designed both for asynchronous learning and to stimulate classroom conversation; many lessons can be broken down into smaller units for greater flexibility.

-SEL (Social-Emotional Learning): In this series of 3- to 5-minute videos each featuring one work of art, students are invited to look closely and make connections to lived experience. Videos are designed to stimulate discussion in a group or to be used by individual students asynchronously. Reflection—and writing skills—are encouraged by prompts in the downloadable Journal (PDF format)

-#ArtWhereYouAreStudio: Each instructional art-making video in this series is inspired by one work in the Blanton’s permanent collection. The simple studio activities invite diverse creative responses using basic, inexpensive materials.

-Doing Social Justice: Formatted as downloadable PDFs, these instructional guides are the result of an ongoing collaboration with educators from the Austin Independent School District and the Anti-Defamation League. They each feature one work of art from the Blanton, discussion questions, and activities designed to engage young people with issues of community, identity, and voice.

-STEAM: The modules in this series explore how both art making and art interpretation involve pursuing questions, solving problems, and other skills that are also needed in science, technology, engineering, and math.

-Early Literacy: Designed for early readers, this video series features picture books read aloud. Works of art with related themes or imagery will also be featured.

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