School Visits / inStill


Not just an art experience, inStill integrates art, literacy, and humanities.

Immersive, discovery and activity-based, inStill Gallery Experiences employ a workshop model to transform our galleries into a classroom for grades 4–12. Students do most of the talking during inStill and our professional team of gallery teachers facilitates hands-on, standards-aligned lessons in the gallery setting. inStill Gallery Experiences are FREE to all schools.

Students will:

  • Work in small groups of 5–7 students per CSM gallery teacher
  • Make observations and demonstrate original thinking
  • Participate in group discussions
  • Build good questions to explore work on view
  • “Write to learn” in various exercises
  • Create and justify their own interpretations
  • Participate in hands-on activities
  • Build 21st century skills


Enduring Understanding
Art Language: 
Artists’ work has unique characteristics grounded in the elements of art and principles of design. In order to understand an artist and their work, we need to know how to read, write, and talk about art to interpret meaning.

Lesson Choices:

  • Clyfford Still’s Visual Vocabulary
  • Making Meaning: Questioning


Enduring Understanding
Artistic Vision and Voice: 
Artists make big and small choices to create, maintain, and communicate. These choices may relate to a particular artwork or a complete body of work and help articulate the vision and voice of the artist.

Lesson Choices:

  • Choices Artists Make
  • Transition to Abstraction
  • Works on Paper (October 14, 2016-January 15, 2017)


Enduring Understanding
Art as a Reflection of Human Concerns: 
Looking at art in the context of history is one way to interpret works of art, and may shed light on how and why art was created. Major world events and social concerns are entry points to look at and think about art.

Lesson Choices:

  • World War II and Abstract Expressionism
  • Making Connections: Art and the World Around Us


Enduring Understanding
Inspiration & Influence: All artists—painters, writers, musicians and others—get their inspiration from somewhere. Looking for possible sources of inspiration can lead us to a deeper understanding of an artist’s intent and creative process. Looking at art can inspire us to express our own creative ideas and thoughts.

Lesson Choices

  • Connecting to Art through Poetry

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Before your visit

Self-Guided School Visits

Self-guided school visits for grades 8–12 are available. Self-guided visits require advance reservations.

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For information and ideas for your self-guided school visit, download our Teacher Resources for Self-Guided Visits (PDF).

The inStill Project

inStill Gallery Experiences were informed by the inStill Project: a collaborative research and development workshop with a focused group of Denver area schools during the fall semester of 2012. Museum staff and teachers worked together over the course of the multi-visit program to create thematically integrated, standards-aligned lessons for their class’s museum visits. Students participated as creators and collaborators in the museum visits—their observations, reflections, questions, and learning will shape what future students will look at, see, and do, together, at the Museum. By building our programs using collaborative work with Denver area schools, the Museum hopes to provide visiting students with deep, meaningful learning experiences that carry far beyond the walls of our institution.

Participating Schools: Aurora Academy, Ellis Elementary, Denver School of the Arts, Graland Country Day School, The Logan School for Creative Learning, The Odyssey School, and Rocky Mountain School for Expeditionary Learning.