clyfford still | museum
A group of students and teachers sit on the floor and a bench and look up at a big red abstract painting
A group of students and teachers sit on the floor and a bench and look up at a big red abstract painting
CTD Students by CSM

Virtual inStill Live Experiences

Can’t make it to the Museum? Want to add a pre-or post-visit to your field trip? Bring our educators to you via video call. Both You Are An Artist and Art and Ideas can be facilitated online.

K-5 Virtual You Are An Artist

This lesson is available in three half-hour workshops. Meetings can be on consecutive days, spread over three weeks, or be flexible to your schedule.

  • In session 1, artists will explore their imaginations and begin working in their sketchbooks.
  • In session 2, artists will use their senses to explore the people, places, and things in Clyfford Still’s art. Then, they’ll sketch the things they care about and make art about their world.
  • In session 3, students will look closely at Clyfford Still’s abstract art. Their observations will become a game to help them start their own artwork to express feelings or ideas.

6-12 Virtual Art and Ideas

This lesson is available as an hour-long meeting. Teachers can choose from a variety of workshop topics. Multiple meetings can explore additional topics. Topics include:

  • Who was Clyfford Still? Use primary sources from the Clyfford Still Archives to make inferences about Clyfford Still’s life and experiences and find connections to his artwork.
  • Transition to Abstraction: Explore the ways Clyfford Still’s art changed from representational to abstract. Wonder why artists make abstract work.
  • Art and Context: Explore the ways art might reflect or explore the history, culture, or context of the world in which it was created.
  • Art and Ideas: Use art to unpack ideas about the human experience.
  • Art in Times of Change: Explore the concept of change and how artists might respond during times of change.
  • Responding with Poetry: Write short structured poetry or longer free-verse poetry to respond to Clyfford Still’s art.
  • Responding with Making: Create your own artwork to respond to Clyfford Still’s art.
  • Responding with Drama: Collaborate as a group to create tableaux to respond to Clyfford Still’s art.

Pre- or Post-Visit Meetings

Build anticipation and help students prepare for their field trip with a 30-minute pre-visit meeting. Museum educators will introduce you to the museum and Clyfford Still’s art to build excitement for the visit.

After your visit, have a follow-up meeting with museum educators to share your reflections and your artwork.

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