The flyers pictured here capture the curricular materials I designed for the former K-12 museum-based art program I ran at the University of Kansas Spencer Museum of Art.
When needed I taught a number of these classes, I also recruited and hired professional artists from the community, Kansas City and in one instance from New York, to teach for the program. Not all of these professional artists were artist-educators. I worked with them to co-produce lesson plans where I led the art appreciation element and the artist led the hands-on, art-making process. They were hired on the basis of the medium they specialized in and how that related to the art works on exhibit at the museum. Students were routinely challenged with professional standards in creating their own projects while simultaneously engaging with world-class works of art that incorporated these techniques. I also hired musicians and professional theatre company to create music- and theater-into-art activities, also with an educational focus and all catering to the K-12 age groups.
I worked remotely in my outreach capacity, and used technology to connect with local schools and the local library. I coordinated the Art Museum's annual pod-casting project. This involved visiting a local middle-school and bringing original works of art into the classroom using SMA's incredible online database. This holds images and information on over 40,000 artifacts, from the museum's international and ethnographic collection.
I worked with the teacher and students in coaching them on how they might identify art works of interest or relevance. Over the course of a month, students selected a work of art to study, critique and record a podcast around. They visited the museum once to photograph and study the object selected. I assisted them in this capacity. They then created these podcasts with their classroom teacher. This project still runs annually at the art museum.