Denver, CO – August 22, 2022 – This fall, the Clyfford Still Museum (CSM) will bring students back to the galleries for the first time since 2019 through inStill Gallery Experiences at the Museum. CSM will also continue to offer virtual inStill Live experiences.
K-12 inStill experiences are free to schools, bus funds are available and bilingual educators can facilitate lessons in both English and Spanish. Students who participate in inStill will receive free passes to return to the Museum with their families. CSM offers a lesson designed for elementary school students and one for middle and high school students.
“After only offering virtual experiences the last two school years to keep students safe and healthy, we are thrilled to bring classrooms back into the galleries this fall,” says Emily Bullard, CSM assistant director, school and teacher programs. “There’s nothing like exploring Clyfford Still’s awe-inspiring art in-person and sharing joyful, hands-on experiences in the galleries with teachers and students.”
In inStill Gallery Experiences, students take the lead in looking, thinking, and sharing their ideas during hands-on participatory workshops. Small groups and a high teacher-to-student ratio allow every student to be heard and have their thoughts valued.
Students in kindergarten through fifth grade will explore ways they can be artists in You Are an Artist! Young artists will explore their imaginations, look closely at Still’s art, and express their ideas. Every artist will receive a sketchbook to record their observations and ideas. Grades 6-12 will explore how artists communicate ideas and viewers interpret them in Art and Ideas. Teachers can choose from a menu of mini-workshops that allow students to develop and share interpretations of Still’s art, uncover historical context, and create artistic responses.
“During the pandemic, we’ve been able to connect with thousands of students virtually through our free virtual inStill Live Experiences and we’re glad to continue offering virtual programs this fall,” said Bullard. “Join us online to explore Clyfford Still’s art, make connections to our own experiences, and share our ideas. Just like programs at the Museum, our virtual inStill experiences are interactive, hands-on, and get students thinking and talking.”
Schools and teachers may request free inStill Gallery and virtual inStill Live Experiences for grades K-12 at clyffordstillmuseum.org/instill. The Museum’s education team encourages teachers interested in learning more about inStill to attend the free Teacher Open House from 6-8 p.m. on September 8. The open house is free, and registration is required.
About the Clyfford Still Museum
Designed by Allied Works Architecture to display the revolutionary art of one of the 20th century’s greatest artists, the Clyfford Still Museum opened in November 2011 in Denver’s Golden Triangle Creative District. Considered one of the most important and mysterious painters of the 20th century, Clyfford Still (1904-1980) was among the first generation of abstract expressionist artists who developed a new and powerful approach to painting in the years during and immediately after World War II. The Museum’s collection represents more than 93% of the artist’s lifetime output. As the steward of Still’s art and legacy, the Museum’s mission is to preserve, exhibit, study, and foster engagement with its unique collections; generate outstanding exhibitions, scholarly research, educational and other cross-disciplinary programs that broaden the definition of a “single-artist” museum; and be a gathering place for the exploration of innovation and individual artistic endeavor. Connect with the Clyfford Still Museum on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, or at clyffordstillmuseum.org.
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