Museum Education Division: Remote Learning
Remote Learning Toolkit
May 4, 2020
Palmer Museum of Art-African Brilliance
The Palmer Museum of Art has released a virtual tour of their special exhibition “African Brilliance”. This tour features clickable navigation through installation images, high resolution images of selected works, video “discussion” of selected works, and demo videos of art activities inspired by works included.
Repository of Distance Learning from Museums
With children and learners everywhere out of school for the foreseeable future, museums across the continent have come together to share their distance learning with you. Use the pull-down filters below to find the best programs and resources for your needs.
Skype with an Archaeologist in Ancient Corinth, Greece!
Behind the scenes photos from the Archaeological Museum of Ancient Corinth and the ongoing excavations in Ancient Corinth by the American School of Classical studies show what it’s like to work as an archaeologist in Greece!
Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings Hosting Virtual Tours
A dozen of Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic designs are available to explore as part of the #WrightVirtualVisits initiative. Some links available on this page, others require Instagram.
Getty Artworks Recreated with Household Items by Creative Geniuses the World Over
Recreate your favorite art using just three objects lying around home using digitized and downloadable artworks from Getty’s online collection. https://blogs.getty.edu/iris/getty-artworks-recreated-with-household-items-by-creative-geniuses-the-world-over/
Adobe Education Exchange
The Adobe Education Exchange is the free learning platform and community, designed by educators for educators, to ignite creativity in the classroom.
Tech Giants Come Together to Offer Free Lessons!
Media, Education and Tech Giants Come Together to Offer Free Lessons, Activities During Pandemic — All in One Curated Place! The site brings together content from a diverse group of companies to help students, teachers and families find free, reliable resources while school buildings are shuttered.
12 World Class Museums You Can Visit Online
Virtual museum tours for: The Louvre; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; The National Gallery Of Art; The British Museum; Smithsonian National Museum Of Natural History; The Metropolitan Museum Of Art; The Dalí Theatre-Museum; Nasa; The Vatican Museums; The National Women’s History Museum; The National Museum Of The United States Air Force; The Google Art Project
The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections
Access endless open content including educational resources for e-learning and virtual retreats to art, culture, and history around the globe. This is the museum technology community’s time to shine!
Library of Congress - Lot of Resources
Check out the Library of Congress for thousands of digital collections and resources using original sources. All free!
Study Says Making Art Reduces Stress, Even if You Kind of Suck at it
Researchers found that 45 minutes of creative activity significantly lessens stress in the body.
Google Arts and Culture (app)
Created by Google Cultural Institute, Discover artworks, collections and stories from all around the world in a new way. You can also download the mobile app!
Jamestown and Beyond
Explore twelve works of art that illustrate and illuminate the world of 1607 and the legacy of Jamestown. Some were created by European, African, Asian, and South American cultures around the time that Jamestown was struggling to survive. Others were produced in the centuries that followed as artists drew from fact, legend, and imagination to depict the Jamestown colony.
Chalk it Up!
With VMFA galleries closed we need your help to share our collection across Virginia! Use these artworks for inspiration and decorate a sidewalk near you!
Californians for the Arts – Covid 19 Resources
Developed for Californians in mind, this resource includes information also relevant for the nation-at-large. A list of resources for news, health recommendations, funding options, broadcasting ideas, emergency response resources.
Arts of Africa K-5 (Connecting the Arts of Africa to your Classroom)
This learning resource from the Minneapolis Institute of Art provides six lessons with activities designed to integrate the diverse arts of Africa into your classroom to support skills and concepts you are already teaching or may be planning to teach. Each lesson introduces students to artworks from Africa in Mia’s galleries and encourages critical thinking, creativity, and making connections.
Native Art: Native Voices - A Resource for K-12 Learners
This resource from the Minneapolis Institute of Art is designed to support the integration of Native voices and art into your curriculum. It includes four types of content: Artist interview videos; Essays about artworks in Mia’s collection and discussion questions; Art lessons developed by and with Minnesota Native artists; Reading selections on environmental contexts.
Mexican Prints at the Minneapolis Institute of Art
Mexican Prints at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Obra Gráfica Mexicana en el Instituto de Arte de Minneapolis) provides a close-up look at fourteen prints from the museum’s collection made by a selection of Mexico’s leading artists from 1890 to 2010. This resource is relevant to visual arts, social studies, English language arts, Spanish language, and interdisciplinary lessons.
Obra Gráfica Mexicana en el Instituto de Arte
In Spanish, Obra Gráfica Mexicana en el Instituto de Arte de Minneapolis (Mexican Prints at the Minneapolis Institute of Art) provides a close-up look at fourteen prints from the museum’s collection made by a selection of Mexico’s leading artists from 1890 to 2010. This resource is relevant to visual arts, social studies, English language arts, Spanish language, and interdisciplinary lessons.
Association for Art Museum Interpretation
A group of arts interpretation professionals dedicated to the understanding and advancement of interpretation within art museums. We meet annually to share best practices and experiences. Website features a blog, a job board, and postings from previous annual meetings.
The Incluseum is a project based in Seattle, Washington that advances new ways of being a museum through critical dialogue, community building and collaborative practice related to inclusion in museums. The Incluseum is facilitated and coordinated by Aletheia Wittman and Rose Paquet.
Museum-Ed strives to meet the needs of museum educators by providing tools and resources by and for the museum education community. Rich resources online including example documents for training docents and an active listserv.
An online publication about the intersection of museum education and social justice from the National Art Education Association’s Museum Education Division.
Museum as Site of Social Action (MASS Action)
This collaborative project seeks to align museums with more equitable and inclusive practices. Explore rich resources including a TOOLKIT and readiness assessment.
What’s the Big Idea?
Artists have stories to tell and concepts to explore. By looking at works of art with an investigative eye, students may connect with these artistic ideas while exercising creative and critical thinking skills. Objects in the Virginia of Fine Arts collection are paired with simple engagement activities to help students thoughtfully consider and unpack the big ideas each artwork presents.
Groups of people around the world have exchanged goods, knowledge, and ideas for centuries. This resource pairs objects in the Virginia Museum of Fine Art’s collection with simple engagement activities to help students explore how art can evidence the various ways in which technologies, forms, images, symbols, and concepts are adopted, adapted, and/or reinterpreted by communities across the globe.
What does leadership look like? Objects in VMFA’s African Art collection are paired with simple engagement strategies to help students explore how different cultures define and visualize the qualities of a leader.
Consider the Source: Humanity, Habitat, and Creativity
Artists across all times and places take advantage of local materials and resources to craft their work. At the same time, the local habitat influences and inspires artistic decisions. Use this resource from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to explore symbiotic relationships between artist and environment.
Layers of Louis
This digital resource was developed by teenagers in the Museum Leaders in Training (M.LiT) program. They developed this resource to complement VMFA’s exhibition “Working Together: Louis Draper and the Kamoinge Workshop.” The timeline focuses on events during and surrounding Richmond-native Louis Draper’s life.
Make a Faux Jade Sculpture
Learn about how jade was a material often found in sculptures discovered in ancient Chinese tombs. Students will understand the importance of animal symbolism and use of objects as offerings in ancient Chinese culture. Also an exercise in fine motor skills, molding 3-D forms and create a representational animal such as the jade sculptures in the VMFA Chinese galleries!
Take & Make: Make a Maya Vessel
The ancient Maya people had a writing system made up of over 500 different hieroglyphs and often drew stories on clay vessels to decorate these useful objects. Use symbols to create your own story.
Take & Make: Ethiopian Black-Maned Lion Collage
Create a paper lion inspired by the Ethiopian Black-Maned Lion!
This resource from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts explores ancient writing systems. As early civilizations developed, record keeping and communication demanded something beyond symbols and pictures to represent the spoken word. Explore the early writing systems of four ancient civilizations: Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, and Mesoamerica.
Create a Hopper-inspired Postcard
Inspired by Edward Hopper’s drawings and paintings of hotels, design your own hotel room interior with this template, using two-point perspective.
State Directors of Arts Educations share resources here!
State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEDAE) is reaching out to gather and share arts education resources. Select the link and discover how SEDAE is resources you and your colleagues in arts education can use!
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willlems
Visit Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems everyday. Download each day’s activities and catch up with previous episodes on YouTube. See a sample activity here.
The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts - Resources Online
Visit the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts under Resources for Educators! Thousands of ideas, videos and lessons! Here is just one of many examples for printable lessons.
Frida Kahlo: The woman behind the legend
Here is just one of 328 art related videos available at The Kids Should See This website. It’s like PBS or NPR for kids!
382 Videos about Art!
Check out the The Kids Should See This website. Thousands of inspiring resources with 328 specifically about art!
Craft in America: Free Videos and Education Guides!
Visit Craft in America for dozens of videos, guides, lessons, and teacher resources including guides and more!