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We create art activities, tutorials, and lessons for all age levels.

Art of Empathy Curriculum

Use Social and Emotional Learning as a framework to guide four lesson plans. Each lesson includes close-looking questions and an art activity based on an object in SAM's collection. Aligned with Washington State Social-Emotional Learning Standards, National Visual Arts Standards.

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English

Seattle Art Museum, classroom

Ecosystem Trading Cards Art Activity (Spanish)

Draw and learn all about diverse plant life and artworks using this instructional onsite art activity handout during self-guided School Tours. Aligned with National Visual Arts Standards, Next Generation Science Standards.

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Spanish

Olympic Sculpture Park

Ecosystem Trading Cards Art Activity (English)

Draw and learn all about diverse plant life and artworks using this instructional onsite art activity handout during self-guided School Tours. Aligned with National Visual Arts Standards, Next Generation Science Standards.

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English

Olympic Sculpture Park

Ecosystem Trading Cards Art Activity (Chinese)

Draw and learn all about diverse plant life and artworks using this instructional onsite art activity handout during self-guided School Tours. Aligned with National Visual Arts Standards, Next Generation Science Standards.

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Chinese

Olympic Sculpture Park

Ecosystem Trading Cards Art Activity (Vietnamese)

Draw and learn all about diverse plant life and artworks using this instructional onsite art activity handout during self-guided School Tours. Aligned with National Visual Arts Standards, Next Generation Science Standards.

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English

Olympic Sculpture Park

Emotions and Art Lesson Bibliography

Enhance the Art of Empathy Lesson Plan with reading and online resources that connect art and emotions for many ages and teaching contexts. Aligned with Washington State Social-Emotional Learning Standards, National Visual Arts Standards.

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English

Seattle Art Museum, classroom, home

Exploring Calder's Process Lesson Plan

Use these looking questions to guide an art activity inspired by the artist Alexander Calder. Aligned with National Visual Arts Standards.

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English

Seattle Art Museum

Find, Sketch, Share Art Activity (English)

Follow the in-gallery art activity prompts to identify and draw works of art that resonate with lived experiences as part of self-guided School Tours at any SAM location. Aligned with National Visual Arts Standards.

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English

Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Asian Art Museum, Olympic Sculpture Park, all SAM Locations

Find, Sketch, Share Art Activity (Spanish)

Follow the in-gallery art activity prompts to identify and draw works of art that resonate with lived experiences as part of self-guided School Tours at any SAM location. Aligned with National Visual Arts Standards.

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Spanish

Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Asian Art Museum, Olympic Sculpture Park, all SAM Locations

Find, Sketch, Share Art Activity (Vietnamese)

Follow the in-gallery art activity prompts to identify and draw works of art that resonate with lived experiences as part of self-guided School Tours at any SAM location. Aligned with National Visual Arts Standards.

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Vietnamese

Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Asian Art Museum, Olympic Sculpture Park, all SAM Locations

Imaginative Portraits Art Activity

Follow along with a SAM Museum Educator to make portraits based on Jung Yeondoo's "Bewitched #2 Seoul" in this instructional six-minute video. Aligned with National Visual Arts Standard, English Language Arts Common Core State Standards.

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English

Seattle Asian Art Museum, classroom, home

Imaginative Portraits Art Spotlight

Practice close-looking and respond to looking questions with this six-minute video exploring how Jung Yeondoo, a contemporary artist from South Korea, brings together ideas of identity, clothing, and storytelling in his portrait photography. Aligned with National Visual Arts Standard, English Language Arts Common Core State Standards.

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English

Seattle Asian Art Museum, classroom, home

Imaginative Portraits Lesson Plan

Pair this lesson with the Imaginative Portraits Art Activity and Art Spotlight videos to engage with concepts of identity, close listening, and self-expression through a portraiture exercise in the classroom or during self-guided School Tours. Aligned with National Visual Arts Standards, English Language Arts Common Core State Standards.

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English

Seattle Asian Art Museum, classroom, home

Lift Every Voice: Responding to Lawrence's Struggle Series

Watch Seattle Public School students and Delbert Richardson, founder and curator of the American History Traveling Museum: The Unspoken Truths, share insights in this nine-minute video on Jacob Lawrence’s "Struggle: From the History of the American People." Created in partnership with South End Stories and Mr. Santos Creations and aligned with National Core Arts Standards: Visual Arts.

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English

Seattle Art Museum, classroom, home

Make Your Move: Responding to Cunningham's Retrospective

Watch three dancers from Baile Dior Studios respond to Imogen Cunningham's photography through movement and photography in this five-minute video. Aligned with National Core Arts Standards: Visual Arts.

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English

Seattle Art Museum, classroom, home

Mesoamerican & Andean Art Activity (English)

Take inspiration from the ancient art of Central and South America using five in-gallery activities to design vases, shirts, or sculptures during self-guided School Tours.

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English

Seattle Art Museum

Mesoamerican & Andean Art Activity (Spanish)

Take inspiration from the ancient art of Central and South America using five in-gallery activities to design vases, shirts, or sculptures during self-guided School Tours.

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Spanish

Seattle Art Museum

Mesoamerican & Andean Art Activity (Vietnamese)

Take inspiration from the ancient art of Central and South America using five in-gallery activities to design vases, shirts, or sculptures during self-guided School Tours.

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Vietnamese

Seattle Art Museum

Nick Cave Curriculum

Introduce students to the art and life of contemporary sculptor, dancer, visual artist, and entrepreneur, Nick Cave with this collection of three lesson plans focused on performing arts, language arts, and science. Aligned with Washington State Social-Emotional Learning Standards, National Visual Arts Standards.

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English

Seattle Art Museum, classroom

Northwest Coast Native Art Curriculum

Expand your understanding of Northwest Coast Native art and culture with five activities that feature artwork information, close-looking questions, and discussion and drawing prompts, Designed for use in the galleries or the classroom and aligned with Washington State Arts Standards, National Visual Arts Standards, Common Core State Standards: English Language Arts, National Visual Arts Standards.

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English

Seattle Art Museum, classroom

Race & Social Justice Lesson Bibliography

Discover books and online resources for learning and teaching about race and social justice.

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English

all SAM Locations, home, classroom, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Asian Art Museum, Olympic Sculpture Park

Seattle Asian Art Museum Lesson Bibliography

Learn more about Asian art with readings and online resources to enhance the Seattle Asian Art Museum Lesson Plan.

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English

Seattle Asian Art Museum, classroom, home

Seattle Asian Art Museum Curriculum

Everything you need, including close-looking questions and discussion prompts, to provide an introduction to Asian art for students in the classroom or during a self-guided School Tour. Aligned with Washington State Social-Emotional Learning Standards, National Visual Arts Standards.

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English

Seattle Asian Art Museum, classroom

Character Brainstorm Lesson Plan

How can characters from our own lives be represented through visual art? Practice close-looking in the classroom or during guided and self-guided school tours. Aligned with Common Core State Standards: English Language Arts, National Visual Arts Standards.

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English

Seattle Asian Art Museum, classroom

Calder in Motion Bibliography

Recommended reading related to artist Alexander Calder.

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English

Seattle Art Museum

Hokusai: Inspiration and Influence Bibliography

Recommended reading related to artist Katsushika Hokusai.

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English

Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Asian Art Museum

Ikat: A World of Compelling Cloth​ Bibliography

Recommended reading related to the Ikat exhibition at Seattle Art Museum.

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English

Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Asian Art Museum

Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic Bibliography

Recommended reading related to artist Kehinde Wiley.

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English

Seattle Art Museum

Northwest Coast Native Art Bibliography

Recommended reading related to SAM's collection of Northwest Coast Native Art.

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English

Seattle Art Museum

School Tours: How to Visit SAM

Preview the guided School Tour experience at SAM from the student perspective. Watch this video before you visit to set expectations and explain the format of visiting any of our three locations.

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English

all SAM Locations, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Asian Art Museum, Olympic Sculpture Park

Shirin Neshat: Tooba Bibliography

Recommended reading related to artist Shirin Neshat.

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English

Seattle Asian Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum

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