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Learning Opportunities

The Knoxville Museum of Art is a place of energy and excitement that provides an ideal environment for your students to connect to the culture of the region, and throughout time. Over a century of art in our collection and exciting special exhibits throughout the year will inspire creativity in your students and encourage understanding in a variety of disciplines. Listed are a range of programs and services available to teachers for enhancing the classroom curriculm in both art and non-art subjects. Contact us to plan a gallery tour or to take advantage of the many other services available. We look forward to your visit!

Meet the Masters

Meet the Masters, a complimentary outreach program created by the Knoxville Museum of Art, brings active artists/educators and museum resources into your classroom. Area elementary and middle school students have the opportunity to personally work with a professional artist through this unique service. Each in-class session lasts 90 minutes and combines art history with hands-on activities. The program or museum focuses on current and upcoming Meet the Masters Outreach exhibitions at the museum and serves as a great opportunity to heighten students’ appreciation and insight into art. This program may stand alone, or be tied to a learning expedition experience with the related exhibition. The Meet the Masters program is free of charge.

Art2Go Travel Cases

Use KMA’s ART2GO Travel Cases to take your class on a trip across America or around the globe free of any costs or fees! Each case is packed and ready to enliven your students’ imaginations. The ART2GO Travel Cases are prepared with authentic art objects, extensive teacher learning guides, visual aides, books, suggested lesson plans, and art activities that pertain to both visual arts and non-art curricula.

Click here for ART2GO Travel Case description and brochure

Rogers Transportation Fund

The Rogers Transportation Fund makes it possible for schools and students who otherwise could not meet the expenses of the bus and driver to participate in the unique learning experiences at the museum. Grants are made on a first-come, first-served basis.

Family Fun Day

Family Fun Day is jammed packed with fun art activities for the kids, artist demonstrations, continuous entertainment on stage, docents in the galleries to talk with guests about the current exhibitions, and fantastic art-making activities inspired by museum’s current exhibitions.

Creative Corner

Sponsored by Jennifer and Greg Dunn

Creative Corner is a unique, interactive play area for children of all ages. Hands-on activities, books, drawing easels, and a wall light board encourage creativity in many different forms. Children can release their inner artistic abilities and create beautiful artwork to take home or to leave for future guests to enjoy. Free admission.

Creative Corner

East Tennessee Student Regional Art Exhibition

The Tennessee Art Education Association is pleased to continue its partnership with the Knoxville Museum of Art to present the East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition, featuring artwork created by East Tennessee middle and high school students. This competition provides the opportunity for students to participate in a juried exhibition and to have their artworks displayed in a professional art museum environment. The student art exhibition provides an excellent competitive arena for young artists. The Best-in-Show winner will receive a Purchase Award of $500, and the artwork will become a permanent part of the collection of Mr. James Dodson, on loan to the Knoxville Museum of Art's Education Collection. In addition, several others monetary awards will be presented. Each student in the exhibition will receive a certificate of participation and in each of the 10 categories the winners will receive a museum family membership.

Summer Art Academy

KMA’s Art classes will not only increase your child’s knowledge of art, but will help in the development of his or her artistic techniques, fine motor skills, critical thinking skills, and confidence. Each week offers a new and exciting age-appropriate art class that will nourish and challenge your child. Classes are held at the Knoxville Museum of Art. Morning classes are offered each week for children ages 3-12 years old. Afternoon classes are offered for ages 13 and up. Tuition for the half day class is $85 for KMA members and $100 for non-members (unless otherwise specified), and includes workshop supplies, instruction, and guided tours. Classes are filled and scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Museum Hours

The museum opens at 10am for school tours by appointment, Tuesday-Friday.

For more information on any of these programs, contact the KMA at 865.525.6101.

Planning Your Visit

To schedule a tour please call the museum Monday through Friday at least three weeks in advance. Admission is free for guided tours, with one adult chaperone required for every 15 students; a 1/15 ratio is required. The maximum number for each tour is 60, and larger groups will require two tour times.

Ticket Subsidy Program

The Knoxville Museum of Art participates with the Ticket Subsidy Program administered by the Tennessee Arts Commission. The program provides funding that helps cover the cost of transportation and admission to the museum. To apply for funding go to Funds are limited and distributed on first-come, first-served basis

Penny 4 Arts

Penny Performances give every child in Knox County, including home-schooled and private-schooled students, an opportunity to attend arts and culture events/activities at the maximum cost of ONE PENNY when accompanied by an adult during the 2015/2016 academic school year. The Penny Performances program meets the local arts community's long-term goal of serving and educating East Tennessee's children.

Support the Arts!

Support the arts in Tennessee! When you purchase a specialty license plate you contribute to the cultural life of the state and make Tennessee a better place to live.

Education programs at the Knoxville Museum of Art are sponsored by:

  • ArtReach Fund
  • Arts & Culture Alliance
  • Arts & Heritage Fund
  • Ann and Steve Bailey
  • City of Knoxville
  • Greg and Jennifer Dunn
  • Dura-line
  • East Tennessee Foundation-Arts Fund For East Tennessee
  • Emerson Process Management
  • The Guild of Knoxville Museum of Art
  • Home Federal Bank
  • Knox County
  • Wayne Kramer
  • Melrose Foundation
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • Peyback Foundation
  • Pharma Packaging Solutions
  • Publix Super Markets Charities
  • Regal Entertainment Group
  • Rotary Club of Knoxville
  • Smart Bank
  • Tennessee Arts Commission
  • The Frank and Virginia Rogers Foundation
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Working with Clay

This September, East Tennessee Personal Care Services and the Knoxville Museum of Art partnered to offer a free two-part clay workshop, “Working with Clay” at the Knoxville Museum of Art. The workshop was open to individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or memory loss and their family members and caregivers. Participants included residents from Arbor Terrace and Jamestown Assisted Living, as well as a group from Alzheimer’s Tennessee. With guided instruction from Tennessee Arts Commission Teaching Artist, Annamaria Gundlach, participants created and painted their own hand built clay vessel. A fun time was had by all!