K-12 educators

The Kemper Art Museum's education department offers programs for students of all ages and their teachers. Subscribe to the Museum's Educator eNews to receive information about special programming, events, and other resources for teachers and students. Download the School Groups FAQ for quick answers to frequently asked questions about bringing students to the Museum.

Schedule a Visit

To schedule a visit, fill out the K–12 visit form or contact Amy Miller at amy.miller@wustl.edu.

The Missouri Arts Council (MAC) offers the Big Yellow School Bus grant for field trips to any MAC-funded institution, including the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum. The Museum also has bus funding available. For more information, contact Allison Taylor at allison.taylor@wustl.edu.

Tours and programs

Explore the Kemper Art Museum's current special exhibitions and world-renowned permanent collection with an educator-led or self-guided tour. Teachers can either select from the list of thematic tours below or work with a museum educator to customize their visit. Kemper Art Museum education staff and docent guides are trained in inquiry-based teaching, so they will actively engage students through discussion, questions, and activities. Students will be challenged to look closely and think creatively about original works of art.

Permanent Collection Thematic Tours

To see the applicable Missouri Grade Level Expectations for each tour, download the Permanent Collection Thematic Tours flyer.

Art Basics | grades K–2
An introduction to art elements (including color, shape, line, texture, and
space) for younger students.

Faces and Places | grades 2–8
An exploration of the deeper meanings of portraits and landscapes.
Students will see and describe how artists represent people and places
both past and present.

Narratives in Art | grades 4–12
A discussion of how artists tell stories with images. Students will practice
putting their interpretations into words through group discussion and
through creative and descriptive writing.

Materials, Media, and Methods | grades 4–12
An exploration of the relationship between an artist’s subject matter
and materials. Students will learn about a variety of artistic materials
and methods—both traditional and unusual—in sculpture, painting,
photography, and prints.

Looking at Architecture and Space | grades 6–12
Students will explore the relationship between the structure and purpose
of buildings through a discussion-based tour of the Mildred Lane Kemper
Art Museum building, built in 2006 by the Pritzker Prize-winning architect
Fumihiko Maki.

STEM | all grade levels
An exploration of the ways science, technology, engineering, and math are related to art. Students will learn both art and STEM concepts through an arts integrated approach. Download an outline of the STE(A)M Tour.

On-Demand Teacher Workshops

The Museum has a variety of 2–3 hour educator-led professional development workshops available upon request. No matter the theme, teachers will learn new ways to facilitate arts-based learning in their classrooms. For more information or to schedule a workshop, contact Amy Miller at amy.miller@wustl.edu.

Intersecting Identities: Exploring Diversity and Inclusion Through Art
This workshop investigates how contemporary art can spark productive conversations related to challenging topics. Teachers consider what is meant by the terms “diversity” and “inclusion” and how visual art can challenge entrenched ways of thinking about race, gender, sexuality, and personal experience. Through gallery discussions, art-making, and writing exercises, participants examine themes such as representation, individuality, and intersectionality and consider how art can spark similar conversations around diversity and identity in their own classrooms.

Bringing Contemporary Art into the Classroom
This workshop seeks to demystify contemporary art and empower teachers to use it as a resource in their classrooms. Through gallery discussions, writing exercises, and art-making, participants explore themes such as identity, social justice, politics, globalization, and environmentalism and consider how art can be a good lens for understanding contemporary life.

Building Up STEAM: STEM Concepts In Art
This workshop investigates the interconnectedness of art, science, technology, engineering, and math. As structural engineer and architect Arthur Huang put it, “At points of intersection…art can expand science and vice versa to help push both fields forward.” Through gallery discussions, art-making, and group exercises, participants use visual art as a jumping off point to explore STEM concepts such as potential and kinetic energy, equilibrium, renewable and non-renewable resources, optics, algebra, and the scientific method.

Heading West: Manifest Destiny through the Eyes of Artists
This workshop delves into the history of westward expansion in the United States and examines how art helped shape public opinion on the controversial ideology of Manifest Destiny. Teachers consider which perspectives were and were not included in artistic representations of westward expansion and see how artists grappled with political issues in their work. Through gallery discussions, writing exercises, and art-making, participants explore the boundary between documentary and propaganda and learn more about the art of the American West.

Art and Politics
This workshop considers how art can be a useful lens through which to examine political discourse and seeks to equip teachers to use art that engages with political themes as a resource in their classrooms. Through gallery discussions, writing exercises, and art-making, participants explore themes such as gentrification, urbanization, industrialization, globalization, and imperialism in 19th-, 20th-, or 21st-century politics.