The following resources were originally designed for parents and teachers. But they can also be adapted for any age... even adults! Better yet, everything on this resource page is free.
WHAT RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE?
- Download exhibition guidebooks for understanding. The free workbooks are like a "mini art appreciation" class you can complete at your own speed.
- Download more than 30 different arts ed curriculum units that connect to Arizona State and National Standards for Arts Education.
- View hands-on art project "How-To Presentations." Click on any curriculum unit and scroll down for art project PowerPoints.
- View presentations about artists and artworks from past exhibitions. Its like being on a tour, from your chair. Click on any curriculum unit and scroll down for "Exhibition PowerPoints."
GUIDEBOOKS for Understanding Exhibitions
These workbook/guides are designed to help people develop thoughtful questions. Whether you are touring the exhibition or studying independently, these workbooks can help enhance your experiences in understanding art. Each one is based on an exhibition at the Gallery at TCA.
Walk in My Shoes Guide PDF
Address ideas about art, empathy and social understanding between people
(Image by Emily Matyas)
Monster Stories Guide PDF
Features monsters from popular culture, literature and mythology. Theme explores the “other” in society, while the toys and memorabilia from private collectors revealed the nostalgia people have for the stories and characters that scared and fascinated them as kids.
(Image by Manny Burruel.)
These artists follow the tradition of storytellers and old-world cartographers by creating visual narratives to share their own journeys an make sense of the world around them. (Image by Kathryn Maxwell).
Artist are often asked, "Where do you get your ideas?" This guide explore how ten Arizona-based artists respond individually to art and ideas from the past. (Image by Fausto Fernandez)
Water is on a lot of people's minds these days, from concerns about conservation to plans for recreation. This PDF is a guide to how some artists respond to the theme of water.
The Gallery at TCA's Curriculum Units were developed with nationally recognized art educator Dr. Mary Erickson in collaboration with exhibiting artists and Arizona-based art teachers. Each lesson and hands-on art project has been tested with elementary and secondary students in Arizona classrooms.
These units can also be used by adults who enjoy lifelong learning!
Units also include art appreciation worksheets and PowerPoint presentations featuring artists and artworks from past exhibitions.
*These lessons are provided free of charge. In exchange, we just ask for your feedback and/or sample pictures of what your students made. Let us know who you are and where you teach through e-mail.
STEAM (Science* Technology* Education* Arts* Math) Lesson Plans
Cars and Guitars: A Collaboration with Fender Guitars
Chuck Jones: It only looks easy In Collaboration with the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity
CLAY * CERAMICS * POTTERY
Juried Biennial: Clay Food and Memory Theme
Realism: From the International Guild of Realism (Point Of View)
Public Art: art in public places (Sculpture)
EXPRESSION OF IDEAS
Outsiders Within: Personal and Cultural Perspectives
Native American and Latina/o Artist Experiences
Projecting Personas: The public image of Roy Orbison
"What is Cool?"
In the lessons and guidebooks above, you'll see a couple of character mascots who will help guide you through asking good questions and starting interesting conversations. For a quick practice session, pick a favorite artwork and ask the questions below. Its a great way to get to know an artwork.
Please meet Questor the bird who asks questions ...he is curious about understanding artworks.
Look: What can I see? Facts about the artwork.
Learn: What can I learn? Contextual facts.
Interpret: What does it mean? Conclusions about meaning.
Compare: How does it compare? Conclusions about connections among artworks.
Please meet Jack the jack rabbit who is an artist looking for new ideas.
Choose: What choices will I make in my artwork
Seek: What art ideas can I get from my own life and times?
Explore: What ideas can I get by looking at other art?
Plan: What do I want to achieve with my artwork?