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

Preschool to High School

To keep our staff and community safe, UAMA will not be hosting in-person field trips or guided tours during the Fall 2020 semester. During this time, we are working hard to develop new ways to connect with Pre-K12 students and educators and share arts education with even wider audiences. Read on to find out about our growing library of online resources and new virtual visit options.

Self-Guided Resources

Using resources available on the UAMA website, students and teachers explore our new virtual 360° galleries and build their own adventure.  Teachers can choose from Art/Write curriculum and adaptable Think Sheets to help students observe, reflect, and respond to artworks. 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 and learn 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

art/write

Using work from the UAMA permanent collection, art/write is a free online program for teachers. Here you will discover a variety of lesson plans that can be used to inspire writing with high school-aged students. Using artwork as a starting point, students will develop skills in careful observation, critical thinking, analysis of ideas and events, and creative thinking.

Art Sprouts

Art Sprouts encourages art-based play and creativity with children and adults of all ages. Art Sprouts Home Edition models various types of art-making activities that care-givers and young children can experiment with in the safety and comfort of their homes and backyards.

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.

LIVE Virtual Visit 

K12 groups can request a live Zoom session with a UAMA educator who will guide participants through the virtual 360° galleries. Through interactive discussion and screen sharing, groups will explore different ways to look at and talk about artworks from a variety of time periods and styles. LIVE Virtual Visits are available first-come, first-serve and depending on educator availability.

Virtual Visit Request Form

Professional Development 

The Museum can create customized professional development opportunities for your district, school, or department. Examples of past professional development workshops include how to use art in your classroom, exhibit-specific workshops highlighting a temporary exhibit or a part of our permanent collection, and using curriculum resources from the Museum to best support your classroom. To get started, please contact Willa Ahlschwede.