K-12 Students & Teachers
"The docents opened the minds of the youth to think about art in various ways. I rave about our experience all the time. It has been fabulous each and every time we have attended." Emily Lyons, Homeschool Group Liason
Schedule your visit: ONLINE or call 336-334-5770
Class size and chaperone requirements may vary with exhibitions. We recommend scheduling guided and self-guided visits at least three weeks in advance. See our Pre- and Post-Visit Activities and our general Tips for Visiting.
Programs offered for K-12 students and teachers include:
Art + Writing Experiences
Art + Writing Experiences (AWE) program offers the opportunity for close observation of modern and contemporary art followed by a fun interpretive writing activity. Recommended for grades 6 and up. 75-90 minutes.
Focus on Visual Literacy
Recognizing, understanding and analyzing ideas and information through images--rather than text--is central to developing visual literacy skills. Specific goals are discussed with faculty in advance and artworks are selected to foster collaborative, discussion-based teaching and learning in the galleries. Common themes address visual rhetoric, interpretation, and visual bias. 50-90 minutes.
Learning to Look
Led by trained docents, students and adults are invited to explore the museum while trying out strategies for looking at and interpreting modern and contemporary art. 50 minutes.
Self-guided Lesson Plans
- Historic Forms Meet Contemporary Ideas (pdf)
- Materials and Meaning (pdf)
- Pre- and Post-Visit Activities (pdf)
WAM's teen program is back and it's easier than ever for busy teens to participate! Teens Behind-the-Scenes is a six-week after-school program for high school students. Participants learn about the museum behind-the-scenes, get first-hand career experience via interaction with WAM's staff, and earn the opportunity to become WAM museum greeters for educational programs and special events. Apply by September 8, 2016 HERE.
For information, contact Terri Dowell-Dennis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-256-1449.
Workshops for Educators
Educators Workshop: Drawing as an Act of Seeing • June 28 & 29, 2016