Complete Lesson Plans for Teachers

Beauford Delaney Lesson Plan


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. (Video credit: Colleen Thornbrugh, KMA Community Schools Coordinator)

Beauford Delaney Self-Portrait Video


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. (Video credit: Colleen Thornbrugh, KMA Community Schools Coordinator)

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


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. (Video credit: Colleen Thornbrugh, KMA Community Schools Coordinator)

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


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. (Video credit: Colleen Thornbrugh, KMA Community Schools Coordinator)

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


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. Video credit to Colleen Thornbrugh, Community Schools Outreach Coordinator.

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


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


Summer Art Academy 2020 is moving online!
Due to restrictions on group activities related to COVID-19, the Knoxville Museum of Art’s Summer Art Academy will take place online only this year. No classes will be held at the museum.

A full menu of fun and educational art activities will be available soon on the KMA’s YouTube Channel or check for updates. Online art activities will be available for no charge.

Anyone already registered for Summer Art Academy will receive a full refund.

While we will miss all of our young budding artists this year, we look forward to seeing everyone again for class in the summer of 2021. Stay safe! Contact Rosalind Martin at for more information.

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!


Art Activities

Yaddo Art Activity Page


Group Tours

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 guest 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 or by calling 865-934-2041.


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.


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.

Art2Go travel case information


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 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.


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. 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.


2nd Sunday Art Activity

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.


2nd Sunday Tours

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.


Book Club

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,, for details.


Cocktails & Conversations

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


Dine & Discover

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 the Monday before.


Planning Your School Tour

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 or by calling 865-934-2041.