This page includes lesson plans for teachers to connect their students’ museum visit to the classroom.
Lesson plans with objectives based on Bloom’s Taxonomy are available for themed tours of the permanent collection and special exhibitions. They’re designed to provide information about artworks, vocabulary, online resources, suggested curriculum standards, and pre- and post- museum visit activities for the classroom.
Grades PreK-1 (ages 4-6)
Explore themes from the environment, including seasons, animal habitats, and weather patterns through interactive gallery discussions and art-making activities.
Elements of Art
Discuss line, shape, color, texture, form, and space and how artists use these elements to create artwork and express ideas.
Narrative in Art
Learn about narrative in works of art and discover how artists use different visual techniques to create a story.
Urban vs. Rural Communities
Examine artworks to compare urban and rural communities and the various roles that are associated with them.
Image to Word
Respond to creative writing prompts in the unique environment of the museum.
Materials & Meaning
Explore the diverse materials that artists have used to create art and the various meanings associated with the media and forms.
The Role of the Artist
Discover artworks and explore the role of artists in communities throughout the world. Discuss how some artists use their work to spread a message or promote social change.
Past Exhibitions Lesson Plans
African-Print Fashion Now!
A Story of Taste, Globalization, and Style
Student tours available February 28 - August 10, 2018.
Grades 1 - 12
Journey through the colorful and diverse history of traditional African-print fabric by taking a closer look at the materials, techniques, and creativity used to assemble them. Discussion of symbolism and tradition in the bold patterns offers students an opportunity to find deeper, more powerful stories waiting to be discovered.
Student tours available through December 14, 2017.
Grades 1 - 12
Explore the exciting world of 3-D art through sculptures made by four artists during the age of modernism. The Coming to America tour emphasizes techniques used to create sculptures, prominent historical figures and events of the early 20th century, ways that the human figure communicates feelings and ideas through gesture and the impact of the artist’s immigrant experience on their artwork.
Renaissance and Baroque Art
Examine artworks from the Renaissance and Baroque period, discussing the differences and similarities in materials, ideas, and content that was used at this pivotal time for art.
This dynamic exhibition (on view October 15, 2016 – January 8, 2017) featured the colorful works of Tennessee artist Red Grooms. Tour content highlights storytelling in art, prominent Tennessee state historical figures, and the varied, unique materials Grooms uses to create his work.