Schools and Teachers – Clyfford Still Museum

Schools and Teachers

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THINK BIG, DIG DEEP, BE CURIOUS

Book a visit to the Clyfford Still Museum for our hands-on, activity-based lessons that encourage students to think big and dive deep. Our FREE inStill Gallery Experiences blend the best of classroom teaching with the best of a museum field trip. Talented gallery teachers facilitate experiences that foster curiosity and provide students with opportunities to do the looking, talking, and thinking to develop their own interpretations of Clyfford Still’s art.

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What makes inStill unique?

  • It’s not a typical tour: Students take the lead in doing the talking, reading, writing, and thinking in workshop-model lessons.
  • Every student has a voice: Small groups and a high student-to-teacher ratio allow for every student to be heard and have their ideas valued.
  • We turn the galleries into a classroom: Our expert gallery teachers are trained in classroom strategies that fuel curiosity and ignite students’ imaginations.

inStill at the Museum

Students will:

  • Do the reading, writing, talking, and thinking.
  • Have opportunities to look closely at Still’s artwork.
  • Examine primary resources.
  • Work collaboratively to share ideas and interpretations.
  • Find evidence for their interpretations and defend their opinions.
  • Reflect on their thinking.
  • Have fun!

Check out our curriculum to choose the lesson that best meets your students’ needs.

inStill To Go

Extend your Museum visit and enhance your experience with pre and post-visit workshops at your school.

Can’t make it to the Museum? Standalone off-site visits may be available for qualifying schools.

Contact education@clyffordstillmuseum.org for more information about inStill To Go.

Multi-Visit Partnerships

Multi-visit partnerships allow schools to create deeper connections with the Museum and Clyfford Still’s art through a combination of visits to CSM, programs at school, and a school family night at the Museum. Students explore Still’s art through a variety of lenses and create a more complete picture of the breadth, depth, and context of the Museum’s collection while making cross-curricular connections to classroom work. Students use observation, art language, historical context, and experiences like art-making, curating, and writing to develop their own interpretations of Still’s art, and then synthesize and present their findings to classmates, teachers, and families.

For more information, or to request a multi-visit partnership, email education@clyffordstillmuseum.org.

Self-Guided School Visits

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

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Free For Teachers

Join us for free, customized professional learning workshops for your school, district, or organization.

The Museum is committed to excellence in teaching in its core programs, as well as to service of the teaching community at large. CSM teacher programs focus on critical reflection on practice, skill building, and practical applications of teaching tools. For districts, active teachers, and teachers in training, we offer learning labs, professional development, and enrichment opportunities.

As a single artist setting with an extensive archive of letters, photos, and primary resources documenting 20th century art and humanities, the Museum is a leading resource for multidisciplinary, arts-integrated, primary resource-based teaching that fosters critical thinking for participants of all ages.

Workshop topics include arts integration, innovation, teaching and learning for 21st century skills, and more.

Check back for upcoming programs for teachers.

Foundations

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 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 shaped what current students look at, see, and do at the Museum. By building our programs using collaborative work with Denver area schools, the Museum provides visiting students with 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.

Education & Programs Guiding Philosophy

The CSM Education & Programs guiding philosophy was developed in collaboration with the Museum’s educators and with respect to the CSM mission and museum education standards.

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