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Two students smile and look at a painting
Two students smile and look at a painting
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K-5 inStill Experiences

You Are An Artist!

Students in grades K-5 will explore all the ways they can be artists. Young artists will explore their imaginations, look closely at Clyfford Still’s art, and express themselves. Every artist will receive a sketchbook to record their ideas and observations during and after their museum visit.


Big Ideas:

  • I belong in creative spaces.
  • I can be creative.
  • I am always learning about myself and others.

Essential Questions:

  • What are creative spaces? What is a museum?
  • In what ways am I creative?
  • Who am I?


Learning Targets:

  • I can be myself.
  • I can explore and play.
  • My ideas are important. I can share them with others.

What will we do?

  • Transition into the Museum and introduction to the experience.
  • Divide into small groups and build community with educators.
  • Use our imaginations to look at Clyfford Still’s abstract art, then create artwork to explore our imaginations.
  • Look closer at artworks that capture students’ interests. Before the visit, we’ll ask teachers and students about the artworks they want to spend more time with.
    • We might use our senses to experience Still’s representational art, explore the colors, shapes, and feelings in abstract art, or spend time with both.
    • Art-looking experiences also include time to draw and play in our sketchbooks in response to Still’s work.
  • In all experiences, students will form and share their interpretations, listen and respond to others’ ideas, write and draw to learn and reflect, and collaborate with classmates.
  • Debrief and transition out of the Museum.

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Connections to Academic Standards:

Visiting the Clyfford Still Museum addresses multiple standards for the State of Colorado, Core Standards, and CASEL Social-Emotional Learning Framework. In a single Museum visit, students demonstrate essential skills, read, write, and communicate, build awareness of self and others, and participate in the iterative process of making, critiquing, and reflecting.

  • Colorado Essential Skills:
    • Creativity/Innovation
    • Risk Taking
    • Self-Awareness
    • Initiative/Self-Direction
    • Personal Responsibility
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Perseverance/Resilience
    • Collaboration
    • Civic Engagement
    • Character
    • Self-Advocacy
    • Leadership
  • Colorado Academic Standards in Reading, Writing, and Communicating:
    • Oral Expression and Listening
    • Reading for All Purposes
    • Writing and Composition
    • Research Inquiry and Design
  • Common Core State Standards:
  • Colorado Academic Standards in Visual Arts:
    • Observe and Learn to Comprehend
    • Envision and Critique to Reflect
    • Invent and Discover to Create
    • Relate and Connect to Transfer
  • National Core Arts Standards:
    • Anchor Standard 1. Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
    • Anchor Standard 2. Organize and develop artistic ideas and work
    • Anchor Standard 3. Refine and complete artistic work
    • Anchor Standard 4. Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation
    • Anchor Standard 6. Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work
    • Anchor Standard 7. Perceive and analyze artistic work
    • Anchor Standard 8. Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
    • Anchor Standard 9. Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work.
    • Anchor Standard 10. Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art.
    • Anchor Standard 11. Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.
  • CASEL Social Emotional Learning Framework:
    • Self-Awareness
    • Self-Management
    • Social Awareness
    • Relationship Skills
    • Responsible Decision Making