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 creat artwork and express ideas.
Urban vs. Rural Communities
Examine artworks to compare urban and rural communities and the various roles that are associated with them.
Narrative in Art
Learn about narrative in works of art and discover how artists use different visual techniques to create a story.
Image to Word
Respond to creative writing prompts in the unique environment of the museum.
The Role of the Artist
Discover artworks and explore the role of artists in communities throughout the world.
Materials and Meaning
Explore the diverse materials that artists have used to create art and the various meanings associated with the media and forms.
Grades 7 to Adult
Visitors travel to different time periods and places by exploring the Brooks’ collection of artworks ranging from antiquity to present. This tour does not include a studio experience.
Art with an Agenda
Discuss and explore how some artists use their work to spread a message or promote social change.
Past Exhibitions Lesson Plans
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) features 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.