Explore: Visual Arts
Learning enrichment resources for schools, homeschoolers and after-school programs
Explore is the only guide in our region to the magnificent opportunities available for schools, homeschoolers and after-school programs seeking to enrich and enhance learning through exploration in the community.
Whether you're planning outings for preschoolers, educating a child at home, running a day camp or teaching high school science, you'll find a remarkable variety of ways to enlarge and expand on your curriculum through field trips, classroom visits, homeschooler programs and teacher education.
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Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
550 Winslow Way E
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
BIMA, opened in 2013, focuses on artists and collections from the Puget Sound region. BIMA is pleased to offer Puget Sound area public, private, homeschool and out-of-school teachers and students (grades K through 12) a fully subsidized Field Trip Program. Field trips include a pre-field trip school visit, transportation to and from the museum, a guided gallery tour and a hands-on art activity.
Bellevue Arts Museum
510 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
BAM exhibitions explore the world of art, craft and design through major media such as fiber, clay, wood, glass and metal, with Imagination Stations located throughout the museum. A tour of the galleries serves as a great extension of your classroom work and provides opportunities to develop projects and assignments that relate the works on display to your curriculum. Downloadable lesson plans and sample images of exhibitions and artworks are available online for study before a field trip. The Art of Discovery Project equips PTA Art Docents with training, lesson plans and activities to teach from original artwork of the Pacific Northwest.
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
Providing a look at the inspiration and influences that inform the career of Dale Chihuly, the exhibition includes eight galleries, the centerpiece Glasshouse and the lush Garden. School groups are given discounted rates for admission during weekdays, September through May only. Private tours are available for K through 12 school groups for an additional fee.
Frye Art Museum
704 Terry Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
Opened in 1952, the Frye Art Museum exhibits late nineteenth and early twentieth century European paintings and hosts notable exhibitions of works by internationally renowned and emerging artists. Please Note: Exhibitions might contain mature content. It is recommended that teachers visit the museum before their tours to become familiar with exhibition content. Teachers can design a stand-alone or multi-visit program for an innovative visual art curriculum. Or arrange for a Frye educator to visit your classroom for an art discussion and activity.
Henry Art Gallery
University of Washington
15th Avenue NE and NE 41st Street
Seattle, WA 98195
The Henry is internationally recognized for bold and challenging exhibitions, for pushing the boundaries of contemporary art and culture, and for being the first to premiere new works by established and emerging artists. We accommodate student groups of up to 30 visitors, with a minimum of one chaperone per ten students required. Self-guided visits, with pre-visit resources and orientations with Henry staff, are a great way to explore the museum with middle and high school groups. A $40 flat rate applies to these visits. Guided visits are required for Pre-K-5th grade-age groups in order to ensure an age-appropriate and enjoyable experience. Guided visits include multi-sensory activities related to ideas in current exhibitions. A $75 flat rate applies to these visits. Fees may be waived for groups that can indicate need.
Museum of Glass
1801 Dock St.
Tacoma, WA 98402
The Museum of Glass provides a dynamic learning environment where visitors can appreciate the medium of glass through creative experiences, collections, and exhibitions. Educators can arrange experiences in the Hot Shop Amphitheater, galleries, art studio or a combination of all three. The focus is on students in grades 5 through 12, but programs can be arranged for younger students. Schedule a visit from the Mobile Hot Shop for a complete glassblowing demonstration, with highly skilled artists working with molten glass while a trained commentator explains the art and science of glass and answers questions. Limited scholarships are available.
Schack Art Center
2921 Hoyt Ave.
Everett, WA 98201
425-259-5050 ext. 23, firstname.lastname@example.org
Schack's K through 12 education programs offer unique learning opportunities through accredited teacher workshops, art docent training for parent/volunteers, a lending library of Art Outreach Suitcases, an annual college scholarship, art competitions for middle and high school students, exhibition space, gallery field trips, and weekly art classes for incarcerated youth. These programs offer students and teachers the ability to develop critical understandings of art and culture and their relationship to our own lives.
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Asian Art Museum, & Olympic Sculpture Park
SAM Downtown: 1300 First Ave., Seattle
Seattle Asian Art Museum: Closed for renovation
Olympic Sculpture Park: 2901 Western Ave., Seattle
SAM offers programs, both at the museum’s three sites and in the classroom, designed to engage students of all ages in deep looking, critical thinking, and creative art making. These inspiring, adaptable programs build direct connections between works of art, classroom curriculum, and students’ own experiences and backgrounds. Guided tours, art workshops, classroom visits, teacher workshops and resources and educator previews are all available to make art a part of every classroom. Transportation and program subsidies are also available. Note: The Seattle Asian Art Museum is currently closed for renovation through 2019.
SIFF Film Center
Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
Celebrating two complementary activities—film viewing and filmmaking—SIFF Education includes compelling, relevant and enjoyable films alongside meaningful workshops. SIFF offers filmmaker visits to school classrooms, special student screenings both in-school and at SIFF venues, film study and discussion guides, post-film discussions and digital technology classes.
Tacoma Art Museum
1701 Pacific Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98402
253-272-4258, ext. 3030, email@example.com
Tacoma Art Museum offers a variety of tours, workshops and other resources for teachers and students. Museum tours explore current exhibitions, create studio art projects and incorporate curricular subjects such as language arts, social studies, math and science. Online curriculum guides, self-guided tours and professional development workshops are also available.
Thrive Art School
Ravenna: 6329 Ravenna Ave. NE, Seattle 98115
Madison Valley: 2900 E Madison St., Suite 200, Seattle 98112
Thrive is committed to providing high-quality fine art curriculum that is aligned with Washington State Learning Standards and the Elements of Art. Our supportive, non-competitive environment allows students to explore their creativity while ensuring skill development. In addition to classes and camps at our two locations throughout the year, we offer homeschool classes during the day as well as after-school classes at your location.