The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

College & University

To keep our staff and community safe, UAMA will not be hosting in-person group visits, guided tours, or collection viewings during the Fall 2020 semester. We are developing new ways to connect virtually with instructors, students, and researchers. Read on to find out about new virtual options for integrating art and visual literacy in university and college teaching and learning.

With approximately 6,000 objects spanning the Early Bronze Age to present day and representing many cultures and artistic mediums, the University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts provide opportunities for learning and research across disciplines. Examining, interpreting, and sharing ideas about artworks helps students build powerful skills like detailed observation, visual literacy, critical thinking, and empathy.

Self-Guided Virtual Resources

Instructors can mix and match virtual resources available online to integrate into course sessions and assignments, or embed in a course website. Not sure where to start? Reach out to Willa Ahlschwede, Assistant Curator of Education and Public Programs, to schedule a brief phone or video call with you and/or your colleagues to share suggestions for how these resources might fit with your teaching.

Navigate virtual 360° galleries to discover eight centuries of artwork from the UAMA permanent collection, along with multimedia links to learn more:

American Art 1925-1945 Modern Art Gallery Contemporary Art Gallery

Coming Soon: The Samuel H. Kress Collection including European artworks from the 14th to early 19th centuries and the spectacular Retablo of Ciudad Rodrigo

Explore images and virtual resources from past exhibitions:

Our Stories: High School Art 2020 Hobby Craft: Artwork from the Arizona State Prison Complex
art/write

Using work from the UAMA permanent collection, art/write is an online curriculum designed to practice writing and literacy skills, suitable for high school and early college-level students. Using artwork as a starting point, students will develop skills in careful observation, critical thinking, analysis of ideas and events, and creative thinking.

UAMA Think Sheets

Five Line Poem A simple creative exercise to help students respond and make a personal connection with any artwork.

See/Think/Wonder Based on a classic thinking routine described by Harvard’s Project Zero, students use this think sheet to observe, interpret, and imagine new things about any artwork. Whether working on their own or in groups, this is a great way for students to spend time thinking critically and writing about what they see.

Online Resources

See our full Online Resources page for more materials to help incorporate art learning into your classroom.

Customized Virtual Collection Viewing

During a usual semester, UAMA staff welcomes instructors, students, and researchers for pop-up viewings from the collection in our study classroom. While the classroom is closed, we are excited to share Virtual Collection Viewings of artworks customized—with at least 3 weeks notice—to the themes of a course, assignment, or research project.  These online slide decks of high quality images can be explored asynchronously or embedded in course websites. Instructors can also request a UAMA educator to join their class virtually and facilitate a discussion. See examples of past Virtual Collection Viewings. Use the online request form below or reach out to Willa Ahlschwede for more information.

Virtual Resource Request Form

LIVE Virtual Visit

Request a live Zoom session with a UAMA educator to guide participants through the virtual 360° galleries and use high-quality digital images to facilitate a discussion of several artworks. Through interactive discussion and screen sharing, groups can explore a customized collection viewing (requires minimum 3 week request) or different ways to look at and talk about artworks from current virtual exhibitions.  LIVE Virtual Visits are available first-come, first-serve and depending on educator availability.

Virtual Resource Request Form