Educator Hub at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Educator Hub at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art A hub dedicated to educators in Kansas City and the surrounding area. Our education department provides resources and services to educators of all curricula to support the connection of the visual arts to instruction.

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Teen Programs has a lot going on this summer. Feel free to spread the word to any teen students, friends or family membe...
06/14/2021

Teen Programs has a lot going on this summer. Feel free to spread the word to any teen students, friends or family members you know!

Open Mic Night is back this Friday and there are still spots open to be a chalk artist later this month. The chalk artist sign-up form can be found here:

https://forms.gle/QcHjP3cRAZ3v3cVK9

All events are FREE!

@nelsonatkins @nelsonatkinsteens #nelsonatkins #nelsonatkinsteens @ The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Our photography gallery reopened recently with a ton of highlights from the collection on display!Come check it out and ...
04/30/2021

Our photography gallery reopened recently with a ton of highlights from the collection on display!

Come check it out and get ready for 4(!) other special shows that will be opening this summer through early fall! @ The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Next school year may still seem a long way off, but the education team at the Nelson-Atkins is already thinking about th...
04/06/2021

Next school year may still seem a long way off, but the education team at the Nelson-Atkins is already thinking about the shape of virtual and in-person programs for students. Teachers, we'd love to hear from you! What would you like to see when it comes to field trips next year?

Complete our short Field Trip Interest Survey to share your thoughts:

https://forms.gle/dby57N5oxBmXoQ9B7

Next school year may still seem a long way off, but the education team at the Nelson-Atkins is already thinking about the shape of virtual and in-person programs for students. Teachers, we'd love to hear from you! What would you like to see when it comes to field trips next year?

Complete our short Field Trip Interest Survey to share your thoughts:

https://forms.gle/dby57N5oxBmXoQ9B7

Our super official top 3 list of architectural gallery spaces at the museum (students love these three too). Got a favor...
04/02/2021

Our super official top 3 list of architectural gallery spaces at the museum (students love these three too). Got a favorite?

Medieval Cloister
Hindu Temple
Chinese Temple

#artandschoolskc @nelsonatkins @ The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Did you know the Nelson-Atkins has a Teen Council?These nine high school students from around metro KC meet bi-weekly to...
03/26/2021

Did you know the Nelson-Atkins has a Teen Council?

These nine high school students from around metro KC meet bi-weekly to plan teen programs and work on museum projects throughout the week.

We'll be looking for additional members over the summer, so keep your eyes peeled for that opportunity to share with your teenage students or family!

Did you know the Nelson-Atkins has a Teen Council?

These nine high school students from around metro KC meet bi-weekly to plan teen programs and work on museum projects throughout the week.

We'll be looking for additional members over the summer, so keep your eyes peeled for that opportunity to share with your teenage students or family!

Many artists have found inspiration by repurposing objects around them. Max Ernst used “found objects” for some of the f...
10/20/2020

Many artists have found inspiration by repurposing objects around them. Max Ernst used “found objects” for some of the forms in his stylized family portrait, Capricorn. Can you see an egg crate, stacked milk bottles, and a garden trowel in the sculpture? How many figures are in this portrait? Do any of them look like a family pet?
What could you use around your home to represent members of your family? Share your found object sculpture with the hashtag: #foundobjectfamily and be sure to tag @k12museums, too!
Image credit: Max Ernst. Capricorn. (1948) French, born German.
Large, bronze sculpture measuring 7 feet tall and 6 feet wide. Abstract, geometric representation of three figures: a minotaur (half man/half bull) is on the left and a mermaid on the right, and a dog sits on the minotaur’s lap. While the sculpture is cast in bronze, when you look closer, you can see that the artist built the figures from found objects.

It’s sweater weather! Sorry, couldn’t help it, we’re only human here in education. Image credit: Fairfield Porter, The M...
10/16/2020

It’s sweater weather! Sorry, couldn’t help it, we’re only human here in education.
Image credit: Fairfield Porter, The Mirror. (1966). American.
Portrait of the artist's daughter. She is seated in the center, foreground, wearing an orange sweater, taupe skirt, and red stockings with her hair in pigtails. There is a mirror propped behind her, and the artist is reflected in the mirror over the sitter's proper left shoulder.

https://www.tolerance.org/the-moment/october-9-2020-indigenous-peoples-day-2020?utm_source=Teaching+Tolerance&utm_campai...
10/12/2020
Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2020

https://www.tolerance.org/the-moment/october-9-2020-indigenous-peoples-day-2020?utm_source=Teaching+Tolerance&utm_campaign=f5d72f4e8c-Monday+is+Indigenous+Peoples%27+Day&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a8cea027c3-f5d72f4e8c-101108653

Today is Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a holiday still observed as Columbus Day in many states. On this day—and year-round—we hope you’ll commit to teaching the truth about Indigenous history and the experiences of Indigenous peoples. These resources can help.

When was the last time you thought to put on jewelry? While the museum is open to the public, we know a lot of Kansas Ci...
10/09/2020

When was the last time you thought to put on jewelry? While the museum is open to the public, we know a lot of Kansas Citians (especially educators) are still working virtually from home. Wouldn’t this be a nice one to wear?
➡️Image credit: Beads. (19th century). Chinese
📷Intricately carved caramel colored beads placed in a necklace. Four turquoise and rose beads are placed at the top, bottom and sides of the necklace. At the base there is a burnt orange tassel.📷 #museumfromhome #dressupforwork #quarentinelife #virtuallearning #virtualschool #nelsonatkins #education #teacherlife

Happy world teacher day to you all!#worldteachersday #teacherlife #art #artclasses
10/05/2020

Happy world teacher day to you all!
#worldteachersday #teacherlife #art #artclasses

The mummy is always one of our most popular objects with students. However, one question we ask in our new virtual ancie...
10/05/2020

The mummy is always one of our most popular objects with students. However, one question we ask in our new virtual ancient tour is “should we have mummies on display in an art museum?” What are your thoughts? Why or why not?
➡️Image credit: Mummy of Ka-i-nefer. Late Period, 27th Dynasty to 31st Dynasty, 525-332 BCE. Egyptian
📷Mummy wrapped in criscrossed decorative linens📷#nelsonatkins #mummy #halloween #museumsfromhome #museumcoffeebreak #fieldtrip

Can you imagine needing to teach your students to write this neatly? In the middle ages, books were mostly produced in m...
10/02/2020

Can you imagine needing to teach your students to write this neatly? In the middle ages, books were mostly produced in monasteries through painstaking techniques. First, a silverpoint drawing of the design was created, then burnished gold dots were applied to the paper, and finally any color that was needed on the page. This page is a simpler example but shows the level of craftsmanship that was expected for writing in the middle ages.
➡️Image credit: Antiphonary Page. Vellum (1540). Spanish.
📷Vellum page broken into a top and bottom section. The top section has black and orange lettering with a font that is slightly smaller than the bold, black font on the lower half of the page.📷 #writing #handwritten #handwritinggoals #vellumpaper

Kinda brings a tear to your eye, doesn’t it? No face shields, no masks or a computer with a Zoom classroom meeting in si...
09/28/2020

Kinda brings a tear to your eye, doesn’t it? No face shields, no masks or a computer with a Zoom classroom meeting in sight. Just students discussing literature together. Hang in there guys!
➡️Image credit: Nicholas Nixon 11th Grade English class discussion of “Pride and Prejudice,” Boston Latin School. (1996). American. Photography
📷Gelatin silver print of an 11th grade classroom with five pupils shown. Three have their backs turned and are drawing houses on the blackboard while two sit at desks in the foreground. One of the sitting students looks at his peers drawing on the chalkboard while the other is facing towards us off to the right of the edge of the photograph, seemingly engrossed in conversation.📷#teachersofinstagram #classroomsetup #throwback #education

Sitting for long hours, grading tests and papers, makes any teacher know you need a comfortable chair. How about a chair...
09/24/2020

Sitting for long hours, grading tests and papers, makes any teacher know you need a comfortable chair. How about a chair that’s art? Which of these chairs from our Decorative Arts collection would you choose to be your desk chair?
➡️Image credit:
1. Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe. Armchair: Model MR20. (Designed 1927. Manufactured 1931).
2. Frank Lloyd Wright. Armchair. (1940). American.
3. Paolo Deganello. Armchair. (1982). Italian.
4. Charles A. Baudouine. Armchair. (1850). American, born German).
📷1. Bent tubular steel frame with caned back and cantilevered seat, also caned; traces of dark finish on caning.
2. Armchair of non-traditional design. Supported by two parallel, vertically oriented wood planks. Planks provide cradle for L-shaped seat and back. Arms attached to back and supported from below by small, vertical planks in the shape of truncated triangles.
3. Armchair: seating furniture with angled back, upholstered in window-pane plaid in muted greens and oranges. The seat and low armrests upholstered in black leather, supported by tubular metal feet capped with black plastic.
4. Elaborately carved rosewood with upholstered seats and backs.📷 #chairs #artdeco #teacherlife #museumsfromhome #museums #museumquestions #museumcoffeebreak @ The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

And we’re live! Sign up for our virtual field trip options today! Link in bio.
09/22/2020

And we’re live! Sign up for our virtual field trip options today! Link in bio.

Does your school have electives this year? With social distancing needing to be a focus for schools, many are keeping st...
09/14/2020

Does your school have electives this year? With social distancing needing to be a focus for schools, many are keeping students either online or just in their primary classroom. In this work, Lee shows the different challenges art students have trying to translate reality onto a canvas. Art teachers: how to you work with your students when teaching them how to draw a still life?
➡️Image credit: Doris Lee. Art Students League (1948). American.
📷Art Students League depicts a nude female model posed in an art studio with a painting on an easel to the right of the model some distance across the room. Art Students League is horizontally oriented with a low horizon line where the pink, back wall of the studio meets the chestnut-colored floor. The contents of the scene are mostly simplified, geometric shapes. Perspective is flattened in some parts of the scene, including the blue table on which the model sits, which is positioned in the lower left quadrant of the painting, but just left of the midline. The model sits on a black chair, her lower half facing toward the right with legs crossed, her torso turned toward the viewer. Her face is featureless and her right arm leans against gold drapery that is also in flattened perspective and flows down from the chair and over the edge of the blue table.📷#artquestions #museumfromhome #k12learn #artteacherlife #artteacher #nelsonatkins #museumcoffeebreak #museums #artmuseums #artmuseum #stilllifepainting

Seasons are shifting! We hope you’re all enjoying the last “summer” days in as tranquil and beautiful a place as Diebenk...
09/08/2020

Seasons are shifting! We hope you’re all enjoying the last “summer” days in as tranquil and beautiful a place as Diebenkorn’s room.
➡️Image credit: Richard Diebenkorn. Interior with a Book. 1959. American.
📷Corner interior view of room with two large picture windows meeting at left corner partition; terrestrial view outside done in greens, yellows, and oranges; blue sky. Interior: table on which is an open book left and plate right; chair in left corner; interior done in reds, blues, and pastels.📷 #museumfromhome #museumed #museumeducation #fall #sunroom #bookstagram

Certain objects in our collection hold particularly fond memories for us on the education staff. This massive Japanese B...
08/31/2020

Certain objects in our collection hold particularly fond memories for us on the education staff. This massive Japanese Buddha sculpture is always a popular stop on our school tours and is included in a our “don’t miss” category for our annual Family Field Trip Night. What works of art do you miss visiting at the Nelson-Atkins?
➡️Image credit: Amida Nyorai (Amitabha Buddha). Muromachi Period (1392-1568). Japanese.
📷This massive Buddha sculpture sits peacefully with his legs crossed and his hands in a chakra pose placed in his lap. His robe drapes across his shoulders and cascades down over his left arm. The folds are simple, and resemble lines more than naturally falling drapery. The sculpture is made of gilded wood and lacquer.📷 #museumfromhome #museumeducation #museumeducator #museumeducators #artwork #sculptureart #japaneseart #artquestions

Solid colored squares can be a powerful social media tool. First, it was the orange square for the Fyre Festival, and mo...
08/27/2020

Solid colored squares can be a powerful social media tool. First, it was the orange square for the Fyre Festival, and most recently, it was the black square for Black Lives Matter. Very different reasons. Very different intensions. What color square would you choose to bring attention to something on your social media platform?
➡️Image credit: Josef Albers Homage to the Square: Red Brass. (1961). American.
📷Geometric painting consisting of a cerulean-blue square circumscribing a cobalt-blue square circumscribing a cobalt-violet-light square enclosing a cadmium-red light square.📷

Monday coming at us like...With many schools not yet in session (or getting ready to start virtually) how do you create ...
08/17/2020

Monday coming at us like...
With many schools not yet in session (or getting ready to start virtually) how do you create structure to your week?
Image credit: Emile Bernard, The Artist’s Grandmother (1887). French
This is a portrait of the artist’s grandmother who sits in ¾ profile against a curtained backdrop. With hands clasped before her, she has a stern expression and looks to the right with downcast eyes. Her figure is heavily outlined in black and she wears a green cloak buttoned at her neck over a blue-gray dress. Her hair is grey and pulled behind her ears. She wears a green hat with a trailing ruffled headdress. #museumfromhome #museumsunshine #museumcoffeebreak #museumsofinstagram

16th century betrothal portraits show off couple goals in the age of COVID-19…together, but social distancing. 😏😷Image c...
08/13/2020

16th century betrothal portraits show off couple goals in the age of COVID-19…together, but social distancing. 😏😷
Image credit: Betrothal Portrait of a Man. Former Title: Betrothal Portrait of a Burgher. Barthel Bruyn the Younger and Workshop (1558) Diptych, oil on wood pane
Betrothal Portrait of a Lady. Barthel Bruyn the Younger and Workshop (1558) Oil on wood panel

📷This diptych shows two portraits, one of a man and one of a woman. Three-quarter-length portrait of a woman is in wedding attire, black robe lined in white, wide sleeves turned back to reveal tight red sleeves, lace along edges, narrow white lace at throat, heavy gold chain at waist. Elaborate white headdress. Holding pink carnation in right hand, symbol of betrothal, wearing rings on first and fourth fingers. Table covered with cloth in foreground; background green.
Three-quarter-length portrait of a man facing right, wearing a black coat with broad collar and lapels of brown fur, black hat, white lace at throat, beard and mustache. Holding pair of gloves in left hand, right hand with ringed forefinger resting on table in foreground. Background green.📷 #museumfromhome #museumcoffeebreak #museumsfromhome #artesucationmatters #arteducation

This bull used to rest on top of a column, supporting on their backs a crossbeam of a palace’s roof. The bull is a symbo...
08/10/2020

This bull used to rest on top of a column, supporting on their backs a crossbeam of a palace’s roof. The bull is a symbol of the power of the Persian Empire and was originally painted brilliant colors. What symbols/objects do you use to decorate your home?
Image credit: Capital in the Shape of a Bull (Persepolis) 518-460 BCE. #museumfromhome #museumcoffeebreak #museumsfromhome #nelsonatkins #nelsonatkinsmuseumofart #artandschoolskc #arteducation #arteducationmatters

Take a look at the image from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Collection and choose a character. What might your charact...
07/27/2020

Take a look at the image from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Collection and choose a character. What might your character be thinking or feeling at this moment? Place yourself in this character's shoes and fill out of the blank poem from @ngadc to create your own version! Please share any poem creations with us @k12museums !

📷 Salim Quil, Leaf from the Murraqqa Gulshan: The Poet and the Prince, 1595-1597. Watercolor and gold paint on paper.

#nelsonatkins #nelsonatkinsmuseum #nelsonatkinsathome #museumfromhome #socialemotionallearning #visitkc #artandschoolskc #artandschool #arteducation #nationalgalleryofart

Nature and Art Activity! 🌱🌼Vincent van Gogh was inspired by the bright color palettes and flickering brushwork used by I...
07/22/2020

Nature and Art Activity! 🌱🌼

Vincent van Gogh was inspired by the bright color palettes and flickering brushwork used by Impressionist painters. However, while Impressionists sought to capture the naturalistic effect of light striking surfaces within a scene, artists like van Gogh were also interested in bringing a personal, expressive quality to their work. Which aspects of this painting do you think van Gogh based on his actual observation of the natural world? Which artistic choices might have come more from van Gogh’s mind than from what he actually saw? Can you make a picture that combines careful observation of nature with your own imagination and style?

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Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853 – 1890), Olive Trees, 1889.

#museumfromhome #museumcoffeebreak #museumsfromhome #nelsonatkins #nelsonatkinsmuseumofart #artandschoolskc #arteducation #arteducationmatters

How does this seated figure make you feel? Have you tried sitting like this? Take a seat and try to embody the Buddha's ...
07/20/2020

How does this seated figure make you feel? Have you tried sitting like this? Take a seat and try to embody the Buddha's posture. Then close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. What thoughts come to mind? Amida Nyorai (Amitabha Buddha) is shown seated in deep concentration with half-closed eyes and hands held together at the lap in the gesture of meditation. He wears a simple monk’s robe, draped over the shoulders, leaving the flesh of his chest and the lower part of one arm exposed. His hair arrangement, typical for Amitabha, is composed of hundreds of curls, and raised at the top in a cranial bulge that is one of the marks of the Buddha’s supernatural powers.

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Amida Nyorai (Amitabha Buddha); Japanese; Muromachi Period (1392-1568); Lacquered and gilded wood

#nelsonatkinsathome #nelsonatkins #visitkc #socialemotionallearning #kinestheticlearning #artandschoolskc #museumfromhome

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JC Harmon student, Cyanna Johnson speaking about the impact that Race Project KC and “30 Americans” at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art had on her. ✊🏿
I created this scavenger hunt for the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park for my students. Thought I'd share for anyone interested in using it. For Students: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-3BueVZ5lZQb-XzCFGlRIbgLullieMzhi9BgrblKJ6M/edit?usp=sharing Answer Key: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Xi_E1cQ4a0MKv_9NhOvwWas8_nr3D7mlJ4JAS_o_pyY/edit?usp=sharing