PK-12

Learning at the Blanton

Learning at the Blanton
PK-12

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Learn about our PK12 Digital Resources at a glance.

Group Visits & Tours

The Blanton is pleased to offer a limited number of in-person group visits. Learn more on our Group Visits & Tours page.

Digital Resources

Each lesson in the modules below activates works of art in the Blanton’s collection to explore a specific idea or topic. All lessons are designed for both asynchronous learning and classroom conversation; many lessons can be broken down into smaller units for greater flexibility.

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SEL (Social-Emotional Learning) [Grades 4–7]

painting of a man holding his son

This module invites students to look closely at a work of art and make connections to lived experience. Each lesson includes:

  • A five-minute video
  • A downloadable PDF with reflection and journaling prompt

Teachers:  Take a look at this guide to get an overview of the series, review SEL competencies, and find sample questions to prompt class discussion.  The videos and journal pages may also be used by students independently.  Lastly, your response to the accompanying survey will help us improve future additions to the series.

Download SEL Series Overview PDF

Trying Something New

Download the Trying Something New Journal Pages

Find out more…

-About representing textures in two-dimensions: View an online image search for “still life paintings.” Get a sense of how painters try to represent different textures such as the textures of glass, metal, fruit, flower, cloth, etc.

-About the world of The Truant: If you focus your search on “early American still life paintings,” you may find representations of objects that the Truant might have seen or used (or eaten!). Just for fun—search for “American winter landscape paintings,” to imagine the skating boy’s world.

-About carving marble: Watch Getty Museum: Carving Marble with Traditional Tools

Strength and Hope

Download the Strength & Hope Journal Pages

Find out more…

-Learn more about the artist: Mequitta Ahuja – Working with Traditional Images

-Take a look at an early sketch of ParadeThis sketch, kindly provided by the artist, gives us a glimpse into one stage of Ahuja’s creative process.

Caring for Ourselves and Others

Download the Caring For Ourselves & Others Journal Pages

Find out more…

-Learn more about the artist: George Segal 2K

-Learn how to make a plaster mask: The Plaster Mask Tutorial

Action and Reflection
Finding Joy

Download the Finding Joy Journal Pages

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Learn about what abstraction meant to Ellsworth Kelly and Shara Hughes:

-Watch Ellsworth Kelly Explains Abstraction by SFMOMA
-Watch Shara Hughes Gets Lost in Paint by ArtDrunk

-Take a look inside Ellsworth Kelly’s largest artwork ever, Austin: KellyAtTheBlanton.org

Friendship & Trust

Download the Friendship & Trust Journal Pages

Find out more…
Learn more about the artist by watching this 5-minute video:

-Watch A magical landscape by Smarthistory on YouTube at bit.ly/SELResource12

Learn about Ogunquit and the landscape of coastal Maine
-Watch Ogunquit, Maine Walkon YouTube. View at bit.ly/SELResource13

The Value of Listening

Download The Value of Listening Journal Pages

Find out more…
Learn more about the artist and his creative process:
-Read A Studio Visit with Claude van Lingenby Kevin Ivester at bit.ly/SELResource14

Explore ways to resolve conflicts with negotiation and compromise:
-Watch Conflict Resolution: How to Settle Your Differences Fairlyby BrainPOP on YouTube at bit.ly/SELResource15

Watch Writing on Ribs by Wendy Williams Watt: Sometimes art is more about an idea than a technique. Here is another example of “conceptual art” that uses words to make the world better.
-Watch on YouTube at bit.ly/SELResource16

Respect

Download the Respect Journal Pages

Find out more…
Learn more about the artist
-Watch Portrait of Charles White from The Art Institute of Chicago at bit.ly/SELResource22

Explore the significance of the title
-The drawing’s title is based on a song that Mahalia Jackson sang at the 1963 March on Washington for Civil Rights, right before Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech: bit.ly/SELResource23

Tips for asking the questions that invite a person to share their story
-Watch Interview Tips with Steve Inskeep, Host of NPR’s Morning Editionat bit.ly/SELResource24

Stories matter
The University of Texas at Austin collects oral histories.
-Learn about the Voces Oral History Projectat bit.ly/SELResource25

Belonging

Download the Belonging Journal Pages

Find out more…
The difference between “belonging” and “fitting in”:
-Watch Brene Brown on “True Belonging” from Contemplative Interbeing at
bit.ly/SELResource17

Learn how to draw a still life:
Watch on YouTube at bit.ly/SELResource18

Learn how to set the table:
Watch How To: Proper Everyday Table Setting on YouTube at bit.ly/SELResource19

Learn how to make a colorful dish:
Try making this rainbow spaghetti with instructions from BBC Good Food at bit.ly/SELResource20

Listen and learn more about the musicians:
Explore the music of Nimrod Ensemble Berlin who provided the soundtrack to our Belonging video at bit.ly/SELResource21

#ArtWhereYouAre Studio [all ages]

a woman wearing a green "Austin's Blanton Museum of Art" t-shirt

This series, inspired by works in the Blanton’s collection, introduces simple studio activities that invite diverse creative responses using common, inexpensive materials. Each lesson includes:

  • A three- to five-minute video
  • A downloadable PDF of making instructions and additional resources

Louise Nevelson: Found Object Sculpture

Download PDF of Louise Nevelson activity here.

Richard Long: Land Art Sculpture

Download PDF of Richard Long activity here.

Joan Mitchell: Melted Crayon Art

Download PDF of Joan Mitchell activity here.

Tania Bruguera: Tea Bag Print

Download PDF of Tania Bruguera activity here.

José Reyes Meza: Magazine Still Life Collage

Download PDF of José Reyes Meza activity here.

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Net

Download PDF of Yayoi Kusama activity here.

Mary Lee Bendolph: Mini Quilt Collage

Download PDF of Mary Lee Bendolph activity here.

Alexander Calder: String Art

Download PDF of Alexander Calder activity here.

Doing Social Justice [Grades 3–5, 6–8, 9–12]

a collage of images to form a full bust

These instructional guides are the result of an ongoing collaboration with educators from the Austin Independent School District and the Anti-Defamation League. Each guide features one work of art from the Blanton, discussion questions, and activities designed to engage young people with issues of community, identity, and voice. Each lesson includes:

  • Downloadable/printable PDFs designed for elementary, middle and high school students
  • STEAM [Grades 3–5]

    a large tree with white trunk and many round leaves

    This module explores how both artmaking and art interpretation involve pursuing questions, solving problems, and other skills that intersect with science, technology, engineering, and math. Each lesson includes:

  • A three- to five-minute video
  • A downloadable PDF with reflection questions and/or additional activities
  • Lesson 1: Art & Nature with Peat Duggins

    Download Art & Nature worksheet HERE.

    Lesson 2: Observation in Art & Nature

    Download Observation in Art & Nature worksheet HERE.

    Credits

    Generous support for School Programs at the Blanton is provided by The Brown Foundation, Inc. Education Endowment, with additional support provided by the Buena Vista Foundation, the Burdine Johnson Foundation Education Endowment, the CFP Foundation, the Lowe Foundation, the Meinig Family Foundation, and the Susan Mayer Art Enrichment Endowment.

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