Education

Education

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 curriculum 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!

The KMA School and Adult Programs are committed to engage, educate, and serve a diverse community through its exhibitions, lectures, and classroom resources.

Due to COVID-19, the KMA is in compliance with the CDC Guidelines for social distancing, we are currently not offering in-person programs. As guidelines ease, we will resume in-person programs; please check back regularly for updated information. We encourage you to explore KMA’s YouTube Channel. The YouTube page offers virtual workshops and tours.

 

East Tennessee Student Regional Art Exhibition 2020

Best in Show 2020 Lily Asbury, 11th Grade, The Days We’ll Look Back On and Smile, Acrylic Paint. Cocke County High School, Myra Amason, Art Teacher

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.

 

East TN Regional Student Art Exhibition 2020

East TN Regional Student Art Exhibition Overview 2020

East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition Entry Form

Presenting sponsor

Additional Sponsors
The Guild of the KMA
Pharma Packaging Solutions
Home Federal Bank
Ann & Steve Bailey
Sarah Stowers
Sandi Burdick & Tom Boyd
Rotary Club of Knoxville
Tennessee Art Education Association

 

 

ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAMS

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Book Club – Virtual Only

The KMA Book Club meets every 4 months to review an inspiring piece of literature that relates our lives to those artists, history, and culture. Free and open to the public. Contact Margo Clark, mclark@knoxart.org, for details.

 

Cocktails & Conversations – Virtual Only 

Join in a lecture and discussion time about the art and artists of the KMA collection and changing exhibitions. Enjoy a cocktail while you learn from artists, curators, historians, and professors on a variety of art media and styles. Lectures start at 5:30pm followed by question and answer time. This event is free and open to the public.  For more information contact the Assistant Director of Education, DeLena Feliciano, at dfeliciano@knoxart.org.

 

Dine & Discover – Virtual Only 

Join a lunch time lecture to learn about the art in the KMA’s collection and changing exhibitions. Hear from artists, curators, historians, and professors on a variety of art during your lunch break. Lectures begin at 12 noon, bring your lunch or order in advance by emailing dfeliciano@knoxart.org the Monday before.

 

 

EDUCATION RESOURCES

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TEACHER PACKET: BEAUFORD DELANEY

Lesson Plan:

Beauford Delaney Lesson Plan

Knoxville-born Beauford Delaney is widely considered to be among the greatest American modern painters of the twentieth century. Despite battling poverty, prejudice, and mental illness, Delaney achieved an international reputation for his portraits, scenes of city life, and free-form abstractions marked by intense colors, bold contours, and expressive surfaces.

Activities: 

Self-portraits:

       

Click on the video link below to see how students will use a variety of art making techniques, materials, and processes to create a self-portrait that reflects the style of Beauford Delaney.

Beauford Delaney Self-Portrait Video

 

Charlie Parker Yardbird, 1958: Click on the video link below to see an art project inspired by the painting Charlie Parker Yardbird (1958) by Beauford Delaney.  Delaney was one of several prominent modern artists interested in combining color and pattern to suggest the sensory experience of sound.

Image credit: Beauford Delaney (Knoxville 1901-1979 Paris), Charlie Parker Yardbird, 1958. Oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the James F. Dicke Family

Beauford Delaney, Charlie Parker Yardbird video

 

Untitled (Abstract Circles) circa 1956: Click on the video link below for the latest project inspired by Beauford Delaney’s Untitled (Abstract Circles).  This piece expresses the artist’s new objective by way of exuberant, densely layered loops of pastel color that pirouette across the surface and appear to spin outward beyond its borders. The image’s iridescent hues may have been inspired by the stained glass windows Delaney observed at the Chartres Cathedral.

Image credit: Beauford Delaney, (Knoxville 1901-1979 Paris) Untitled (Abstract Circles) circa 1956, pastel and mixed media on paper, Knoxville Museum of Art, 2018 Delaney purchase

Beauford Delaney’s Untitled (Abstract Circles) activity video

 

Yaddo Art Activity Page

 

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COMMUNITY CONNECTION:

UnMasking is a creative way for children to learn self-expression. This project will give children a way to release their fear or thoughts through their artwork and feel excited about their accomplishments.

During a time when everyone is urged to wear physical masks, Knox Education Foundation and the Knoxville Museum of Art are encouraging Knox County students to ‘unmask’ their feelings about returning to school during COVID-19, through art.

“With all the uncertainty and changes going on around us, it’s easy to ‘mask’ our feelings and our fears. Art can provide a very natural and safe way for children to explore feelings that may be difficult to say in words,” explained Chris Letsos, Knox Education Foundation’s CEO. “We’re encouraging students to use art to explore and express their feelings – to find their voice.”

Before starting their art projects, students are asked to think about any feelings they may want to “unmask” about returning to school during these challenging times, and then TALK to their family members, teachers and friends about their thoughts. Students are encouraged to create a piece of art that expresses those feelings and then write a few sentences about how their artwork reflects their feelings about returning to school – in person or virtual. Students and families can take photos of their artwork and submit with the contact information, and description of their art to Knox Education Foundation at unmasked@knoxed.org.

https://knoxed.org/initiatives/unmask-your-feelings/

https://www.wvlt.tv/2020/08/04/knox-county-students-invited-to-create-art-to-unmask-their-feelings/

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The 2020 SUMMER ART ACADEMY FREE ONLINE CLASSES WERE GRACIOUSLY BY

Presenting sponsor


Lead sponsors
Emerson Automation Solutions
The Guild of KMA

Additional Sponsors
UBS Financial Services
Ann & Steve Bailey
American Alliance of Museums
Arts & Culture Alliance
City of Knoxville
Knox County
National Endowment for the Arts
Tennessee Arts Commission

 

Don’t Throw That Out!

 

Join art educator Hannah Fuller for “Don’t Throw that Out!” We’ll look at artists like Jasper Johns, who recycled old clothing and other everyday materials, and make our own recycled art!

 

 

 

Draw, Paint, Sculpt!

Ages 3-4

“Draw, Paint, Sculpt” explores a diverse range of art projects. Art educator Hannah Fuller engages young students in art making as they explore a variety of materials that can be used to make many types of art.

 

 

 

Lesson Plan for Draw Paint, and Sculpt

 

“Recycle Your World” class
Ages 5-6

Turn trash into beautiful fine art in Recycle Your World with art teacher Wendy Hickman. Students learn how to become resourceful with their art and transform everyday objects into masterpieces!

 

 

Click here for “Recycle Your World” Part One

Click here for “Recycle Your World” Part Two

Click here for “Recycle Your World” Part Three

Click here for “Recycle Your World” Part Four

Click here for “Recycle Your World” Part Five

Lesson Plan for Recycle Your World

 

“Museum Sleuth” class
Ages 10-12

“Museum Sleuth,” with art educator Leann Cooper, explores the KMA collection. Students will uncover information about the artist and learn about the inspiration behind the art, then use what they discover to create their own masterpieces!

 

 

“Process Play” class
Ages 3-4

Join the fun as art educator Hannah Fuller teaches young students how to experiment with air-dry clay, bookmaking, and other tangible media as they create something that is their very own. Students play while practicing fine motor skills like stamping, molding, poking, and cutting.

 

Click here for Process Play Part One

Click here for Process Play Part Two

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 for Process Play Part Three

Click here for Process Play Part Four

Click here for Process Play Part Five

 

Lesson Plan for Process Play

 

“Art Extravaganza” class
Ages 5-6

Art is more than crayons! Tune in as art teacher Donna Anderson explores a variety of 2-D media for kids ages 5-6.
In this three-part class, students will learn about collage, wax resist, patterns, alternate uses for art supplies, and other fun ways to create images.

Click here for Art Extravaganza Part One

Click here for Art Extravaganza Part Two

Click here for Art Extravaganza Part Three

Lesson Plan for Art Extravaganza

 

 

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KMA COLLECTION VIDEOS & ACTIVITIES:

 

HIGHER GROUND: A CENTURY OF VISUAL ARTS IN EAST TENNESSEE

 

CHARLES KRUTCH: Click on the video link below for the latest project inspired by artist Charles Krutch. Regarded as one of East Tennessee’s first painters to specialize in scenes of the Smoky Mountains, Krutch earned the nickname “Corot of the South” for his soft, atmospheric watercolor and oil landscape paintings of the mountain range that served as his sole focus.

Image credit: Charles Krutch (South Carolina 1849-1934 Knoxville), Untitled, late 1920s. Watercolor on paper, Knoxville Museum of Art, 2008 bequest of the estate of Frank B. Galyon.

Charles Krutch activity video

 

CATHERINE WILEY: Catherine Wiley(Coal Creek [now Rocky Top], Tennessee 1879-1958 Norristown, Pennsylvania) Wiley was one of the most active, accomplished, and influential artists in Knoxville during the early twentieth century. She taught art at the University of Tennessee, helped organize area art exhibitions, and was a driving force in the Nicholson Art League, a prominent local art association. She returned to Knoxville following her studies in New York and brought with her a mastery of Impressionism. Wiley specialized in scenes of women amid their daily lives rendered in thick, brightly colored pigment.  Morning features a more expressive variety of brushwork often seen in her late paintings. Wiley’s work is represented in museum collections around the country, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her promising career ended in 1926 when she was confined to a psychiatric hospital where she was without access to her studio supplies.  The exact nature of the artist’s illness remains unconfirmed.

Color Catherine Wiley

 

CURRENTS: RECENT ART FROM EAST TENNESSEE AND BEYOUND 

 

FRANK STELLA: Click on the video link below for the latest project inspired by internationally renowned artist Frank Stella’s “Circuit” series, which he produced during the early 1980s. The artist assembled and painted salvaged metal scraps left over from earlier art projects to create a groundbreaking synthesis of painting and sculpture.

Image credit: Frank Stella, Shards II, 1982. Acrylic and oil stick on etched, cut, assembled aluminum, Knoxville Museum of Art, 2014 gift of June & Rob Heller.

Frank Stella Activity Video

 

STUART NETSKY: This project is inspired by Hard, Fast and Beautiful which is part of Stuart Netsky’s series of abstract paintings on aluminum.  Netsky pours enamel sign paint on a smooth metal surface, creating rich, colorful planes of color swirling together.  You can do your own version of this beautiful painting with simple materials at home.

Stuart Netsky, Hard, Fast and Beautiful, 2005. Sign enamel and resin on aluminum, 60 x 60 inches, purchased with funds from Knoxville Museum of Art’s Collectors Circle in memory of Betsy Worden.

Stuart Netsky Activity Video

 

 

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EDUCATION ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

 

GROUP TOURS

Due to COVID-19, the KMA is in compliance with the CDC Guidelines for social distancing, we are currently not offering in-person programs. As guidelines ease, we will resume in-person programs; please check back regularly for updated information. 

The KMA is currently offering only Unguided tour reservations for groups of up to 25 people per hour. To make a reservation for an unguided group visit please contact the Assistant Director of Education, DeLena Feliciano, at dfeliciano@knoxart.org or by calling 865-934-2041.

Last updated 12/1/2020

 

General Tour Information – Temporarily Unavailable  

Groups of 15 people or more can schedule a guided or unguided tour 3-4 weeks in advance. Reservations for unguided tours are helpful in ensuring that you and other guests have the best experience possible.  Guided Tours are led by volunteer docents trained to lead tours of the KMA’s permanent collection and changing exhibitions. Group tours are offered to all age groups and can focus on specific areas of the museum or a general overview of the whole museum. Foreign language tours are currently offered in French and Spanish. Group tours should be arranged at least 3 weeks in advance by contacting the Assistant Director of Education, DeLena Feliciano, at dfeliciano@knoxart.org or by calling 865-934-2041.

Planning Your School Tour – Temporarily Unavailable  

Guided tours are offered to students in grades K-12, when planning your visit please use the information below to help prepare your students, teachers, and chaperones for the visit. Please note that our docent tour guides are volunteers and make special arrangements and preparations for your tour. Tours should be scheduled 3-4 weeks in advance through the Education Department by contact the Assistant Director of Education, DeLena Feliciano, at dfeliciano@knoxart.org or by calling 865-934-2041.

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.

2nd Sunday Tours – Temporarily Unavailable 

Join us on the 2nd Sunday of every month for a free docent guided tour at 2pm. This hour long tour is offered in both English and Spanish.

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Art2Go Travel Cases – call for availability 

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.

Art2Go travel case information

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Meet the Masters – Temporarily Unavailable 

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.

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Creative Corner – Temporarily Unavailable 

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. We ask that guardians accompany their children in the Creative Corner. Children age 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult to visit the museum galleries. Free admission.

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2nd Sunday Art Activity – Temporarily Unavailable 

On the 2nd Sunday of every month from 1-4pm KMA offers families a free drop-
in art activity project for them to make and take home. Geared towards ages 3-13. Join in a docent guided tour at 2pm offered in English and in Spanish.

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Family Fun Day 

Family Fun Day is a free community event of arts and crafts projects, live music, food, and family friendly activities and entertainment. Enjoy visiting the galleries and learning about the art from trained docents. Join us twice a year for this fun-filled day with your family at the KMA.

Due to COVID-19, the KMA is in compliance with the CDC Guidelines for social distancing, we are currently not offering in-person programs. As guidelines ease, we will resume in-person programs; please check back regularly for updated information.