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School & Teacher Programs


Welcome Welcome to the 2019–20 school year at the Milwaukee Art Museum!

Feature Exhibitions

Support your students’ critical thinking, creativity, and visual literacy skills with a trip to the Museum. Develop vocabulary, explore interdisciplinary curriculum applications, and foster evidence-based thinking through world-class works of art. Docent-guided tours are designed to enhance curriculum, from Common Core to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math), and free family passes allow all students to extend their Museum experience on a return visit with their family.




Planning Your Visit



School Tours


Multidisciplinary Tours


School Programs


Teen Programs Scholastic Art Awards


For Teachers

Hours Tues­–Sun Thurs Memorial Day— Labor Day: Mon

10 a.m.–5 p.m. 10 a.m.–8 p.m. 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Find activities, high-quality images, lesson plans, and more at the Museum’s online home for teacher resources.

Free Museum admission for WI K–12 teachers

James Nares, It’s Raining in Naples, 2003 (detail). Oil on linen. 47.5 × 81 in. Private collection. Image courtesy of Kasmin Gallery.

Charles Radtke: Contained Through Aug 25, 2019 Bradley Family Gallery

A Modern Vision: European Masterworks from The Phillips Collection Nov 15, 2019–March 22, 2020 Baker/Rowland Galleries

The Museum is pleased to offer free Museum admission to individual Wisconsin K–12 teachers who present a valid school ID or pay stub. Preview the Museum before your tour, and use the Collection to inspire your teaching.

Nares: Moves

June 7–Oct 27, 2019 Wisconsin Avenue

March 20–July 12, 2020 Bradley Family Gallery

Keep up to date

Portrait of Milwaukee

Scandinavian Design and the United States, 1890–1980

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June 14–Oct 6, 2019 Baker/Rowland Galleries

Sculpture Milwaukee

Sept 6, 2019–March 1, 2020 Herzfeld Center for Photography and Media Arts

Landfall Press: Five Decades of Printmaking Oct 4, 2019–Feb 9, 2020 Bradley Family Gallery

The Quilts of Pauline Parker (working title)

May 15–Sept 7, 2020 Baker/Rowland Galleries

Susan Meiselas: Through a Woman’s Lens (working title)

April 17–Aug 2, 2020 Herzfeld Center for Photography and Media Arts


Planning Your Visit Request your tour by calling the Tour Scheduler at 414-224-3842 or filling out the online form at mam.org/school-tours.

Booking Your Tour

Before Your Tour

⚫⚫ Order buses/transportation early. Preferred bus provider information and pricing is provided when booking your tour.

⚫⚫ Two weeks before: confirm your head count and submit payment to the Tour Scheduler. Fees and chaperones: Tours are $5 per student unless stated otherwise. One teacher/chaperone is required for every group of 12 students; those individuals are admitted free. Additional adults will be charged $14. Note: No increases in head count or changes in program/tour will be accepted after the two-week deadline. The Museum cannot offer a refund if your head count decreases after your payment has been made, and cannot accept payment at the door.

⚫⚫ Tell us about any special accommodations. Let us know about students with individual aides or if you will need, for example, elevator access, an interpreter for students who are English Language Learners, or assistive listening technology or an ASL interpreter for people with hearing impairments. The Museum is wheelchair accessible and has several wheelchairs on-site if you require one. ⚫⚫ Plan the length of your visit. You have the option of self-guiding the Museum (without a docent) after your docent-guided tour. Please notify the Tour Scheduler if you plan to stay longer. Unless otherwise notified, your tour will be one hour in duration.

⚫⚫ Prepare students and chaperones for your trip. Watch the Museum Manners video at mam.org/museummanners, and visit mam.org/teachers for classroom activities and more. ⚫⚫ Arrange lunch space (limited availability). The Museum does not have on-site lunch facilities for school groups, but the War Memorial Center is collaborating with us to accommodate these groups, as space allows. Contact the War Memorial directly at 414-273-5533.

What to Bring

When You Arrive

Name tags: Each student and adult in your group must arrive wearing a name tag. These act as your admission to the Museum and help docents and staff engage with individuals in the group.

You will be entering the Museum at the School Group Entrance, to the north of the Main Entrance on Art Museum Drive, unless otherwise directed by the Tour Scheduler. Please remain on the bus until greeted by Museum staff.

Clipboards/pencils (optional): If you would like to have your class write or draw, please bring your own clipboards, pencils, and paper. Remember that only pencils are allowed in the galleries to protect the artwork.

What Not to Bring Backpacks and umbrellas are not allowed in the galleries. Anything carried on the back or larger than 13 × 17 in. can accidentally bump or break art.

Your bus may park at the south end of Art Museum Drive, along Lincoln Memorial Drive, in Veterans Park, or at other public locations. Be on time; arrive no more than 15 minutes early. Note that if you are late, your tour will be shortened. If you are more than 20 minutes late, your tour will become a self-guided tour. If you are delayed, please call the Museum’s reception desk at 414-224-3290.

Please enjoy the art, without touching. Personal photos are allowed, except where indicated. Please no flash, selfie sticks, or tripods. Store backpacks and umbrellas; leave them at the coat room or in a locker. Food and drink stay out of the galleries.



School Tours Docent-Guided Tours:

Bring your students for a guided experience with one of the Museum’s docents, trained volunteer educators who support your students in exploring the Collection and making connections to the curriculum.

Self-Guided Tours:

Do you prefer to lead your own tour? Prepare for your visit with resources at mam.org/teachers and with the self-guided tour tips card available on-site or on request. Receive a great rate on group admission. Ask about our A Is for Art (PK–Grade 3) and Look, Write, See (Grades 4–12) self-guided activities.

Complimentary Family Passes:

You will receive a Family Pass for each student you bring on your school tour. With this pass, students can return to the Museum with their families for free. Each pass provides free Museum admission for two adults and up to four children younger than 18 years old.

In this tour of highlights from the Museum’s Collection, students acquire basic art vocabulary and critical-looking skills while exploring the making and meaning of art from different cultures.

Feature/Special Exhibition

Tour the exhibitions on view at the Museum for a limited time (see page 1). Expand your visit with activities for the classroom, available on the Teacher Resources site at mam.org/teachers.

Special Focus: Black History Month Feb 1–29, 2020

Celebrate black history by experiencing the ways artists of African descent, including African Americans, use their work to document their lives, tell the stories of their communities, and fight for social change.

Special Focus: Women’s History Month March 1–31, 2020

Explore the lives of women through both the ways they have been portrayed in art across time and their contributions as female forces in the art world. 4

mam.org/school-tours or call 414-224-3842

Homeschool Homeschool Days

Join us for special days devoted to homeschool families. Enjoy a themed docent-guided tour and art making in the Kohl’s Art Generation Open Studio, and learn about resources you can use in the Museum and at home while connecting with other homeschool families. All ages | Time varies $5 per student Sept 24, 2019, Special Focus: Modern and Contemporary Art Feb 18, 2020, Special Focus: Wisconsin Artists

PK–Grade 3

All Ages Art from Many Places and Times

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A Is for Art

Line, Shape, and Color

Animals in Art

Storytelling in Art

Take a tour with the alphabet! Inspired by the book A Is for Art by Marjorie Nelson Moon, explore art from many cultures while reinforcing language development.

Discover a menagerie of friendly animals and fantastic beasts from different cultures and times in paintings and sculptures.

Learn how artists begin to create masterpieces by getting to know the building blocks of art: line, shape, and color.

Engage visual and verbal language skills to imagine, tell, and listen to stories that artists portray in their work.

Exploring Art Through the Senses

Take a journey through the galleries using your senses and imagination: Explore how works of art might smell, taste, feel, and sound. 5

Multidisciplinary Tours

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Grades 4–12 American Art

Hear about American stories, places, and people from across the United States represented in art.

Art by Artists of the African Diaspora

Celebrate the heritage of people of African descent. Look at folk art to fine art as you explore the connections between Africa, Europe, the United States, and beyond. Optional: Extend your tour with a visit to America’s Black Holocaust Museum (ABHM) at its new location. Help students build awareness around the harmful legacies of slavery to promote racial repair, reconciliation, and healing. For more information email chargro@abhmuseum.org.

Communities and Traditions

Investigate the customs of people who live both near and far, discovering differences, similarities, and crosscultural influences portrayed in their art.

Folk and Self-Taught Art

In these works by self-taught artists, history and inner visions emerge and people and animals are animated, inviting questions about art and its role in society.

Haitian Art

Learn about the culture of this Caribbean country through the Museum’s rich collection of Haitian paintings and sculpture.

Modern and Contemporary Art

Museum Tour + Studio Workshop Studio Workshop School Program

Tues–Fri, Oct 2019–May 2020 Be the artist! Students explore the Museum’s Collection on a tour of your choice, and then complete an art project connected to the tour theme.

Get to know the “isms,” from Realism to Abstract Expressionism, while comparing works made from the mid-1860s to the present day.

Grades PK–12 | 2 hours $10 per student

Optional: Extend your tour with a visit to Lynden Sculpture Garden to learn about the environment and modern sculpture. Additional fees apply with this extended option. Register at the Milwaukee Art Museum, and then call Lynden at 414-446-8481.

Writing + Art


Meet the people—and animals— in the portraits throughout the Museum’s galleries.

Social Concerns + Social Justice in Art

Social justice can be defined as action to create genuine equality and respect among people. Discover how artists past and present have created art that captures social concerns, including poverty, religious freedom, slavery, racism, and gender inequalities.

Available Year-Round This tour, inspired by the National Writing Project at Carroll University and grounded in the Six Traits of Writing framework, introduces the Museum as a place of inspiration for writing. After receiving their own Museum sketchbooks, students look closely at works of art, using a variety of writing skills, developing a descriptive word bank, and practicing “low stakes” writing.

Music + Art Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Concert and Museum Tour Extend your MSO Concert for Schools experience with a docent-guided tour of the Museum’s works that relate to concert themes.

Youth (Grades 3–8): American Reflections: This is Us | Oct 1 or Nov 19, 2019 | $5 per student Music and Me Concert (Grades K–2): Peter and the Wolf | Nov 5–6, 2019 | $5 per student Youth (Grades 3–8): Beethoven: A Birthday Celebration | Jan 21 or Jan 28, 2020 | $5 per student Additional fees apply for the MSO. Register with the MSO at 414-226-7886, and then call the Milwaukee Art Museum. Space is limited. Please book early.

Grades 4–12 | 1½ hours $10 per student

Foreign Language and Culture Tours: French, Spanish, or German

Enhance study of French, Spanish, or German by exploring related art and culture. (Specify your language choice with the Tour Scheduler. Docents for these tours are limited.) 6


→ Book Early

→ Book Now mam.org/school-tours or call 414-224-3842

Note: Space is limited. Please be flexible when requesting dates.

Geometry + Art

History + Art

Life Sciences + Art

Theater + Art

Available Year-Round

War Memorial Center Tour and Museum Tour

Available Year-Round

First Stage Performance Company and Museum Tour: Animals in Art

Discover shapes and patterns everywhere you look during a docent-guided, geometry-themed tour of the Milwaukee Art Museum. Grades 1–4 | Time varies $5 per student Optional: Go hands-on at Betty Brinn Children’s Museum with guided exploration and play. Additional fees apply with this extended option. Register with the Milwaukee Art Museum, and then contact Betty Brinn Children’s Museum at groups@bbcmkids.org or call 414-390-5437, ext. 272.

Available Year-Round

Join the War Memorial Center and the Milwaukee Art Museum for a special tour that examines American stories of resilience from a variety of perspectives. Students will enjoy a 45-minute presentation and tour of the War Memorial and a 45-minute docent-guided tour of the Milwaukee Art Museum that looks at diverse American stories of resilience from past to present. Grades 4–12 | 1½ hours $10 per student

Explore connections between art and the life sciences. See how artists use their senses and borrow from the sciences to observe the natural world. View works of art that cover living things from plants to wildlife and humans. Grades K–5 | Time varies $5 per student Optional: Visit Discovery World to continue your exploration of the living world. Examine living fish from Lake Michigan and see firsthand how science uses art for animal identification. Additional fees apply with this extended option. Register with the Milwaukee Art Museum, and then call Discovery World at 414-765-8625.

Feb 4 and Feb 11 | 9:30–11 AM or NOON–1:30 PM

Explore the furry friends and colorful creatures in the Museum’s Collection on a docent-guided tour through the galleries. Afterward, First Stage Teaching Artists will engage students’ imaginations through theatrical activities involving movement, sound, and verbal descriptions. Grades K–3 | 1½ hours $10 per student Space is limited. Please book early.



School Programs Art of Writing: Young Authors and Artists Conference Dec 2, 2019 | 8:30 AM–3:15 PM

Young writers and artists use the Museum as inspiration for first-person narrative writing or artwork in this day-long, regional conference. The conference is geared toward individual students, or groups of students, registered through their school. Grades 3–12 | 6¾ hours $80 per student Register online at artofwritingconferences.com. Download a registration form at mam.org/school-programs.

Junior Docent School Program

For over forty years, the Junior Docent School Program has introduced elementary school students to the vocabulary, elements, and history of art while developing critical- and creativethinking skills. Over three consecutive years, students are guided on nine themed tours that support school curriculum and help them make personal connections to art. After a culminating project and presentation to their peers and family, students become official Junior Docents.

The Herzfeld Photography, Print, and Drawing Study Center Available year-round by appointment only

A visit to the Herzfeld Photography, Print, and Drawing Study Center offers a unique opportunity for researchers and classes to become familiar with the Museum’s works on paper collection. Researchers can make an appointment to access the Museum’s extensive collection of works on paper. Classes can schedule a visit to view selected works of art, discuss topics related to the collection, or explore print and photography techniques with a staff member. All class appointments must be made at least four weeks in advance (pending availability). Grades 11–12 | 45 minutes $5 per student Email studycenter@mam.org or call 414-224-3817.

Grades 3–5 | 10 visits over 3 years (1–1½ hours each) $5 per student, per tour For more info, please email teachers@mam.org.



Teen Programs Satellite High School Internship Program Fall 2019 session: Thurs, Oct 10–Dec 12, 2019 4:45–7:45 PM Spring 2020 session: Thurs, Feb 13–May 14, 2020 4:45–7:45 PM Satellite interns delve into the Museum, engaging deeply with works of art, creating collaboratively, and activating their community, while developing their communication skills and forming friendships city-wide. Interns learn about careers in the visual arts, meet practicing artists, and throw an artful party for their peers at Teen Night. Ages 16–18 FREE program with dinner and bus tickets provided. Students must apply at mam.org/teens. For more information or questions, email teens@mam.org.

ArtXpress Internship Program

→ Apply Online at mam.org/teens. Questions? Email teens@mam.org.

The Scholastic Art Awards

12 days: Tues–Fri, July 21–Aug 7, 2020 10:30 AM–2:30 PM

Submissions due: Dec 12, 2019 On display: Feb 1–March 15, 2020

ArtXpress brings together Milwaukee teens to create a public work of art inspired by an exhibition at the Museum. Over the course of three weeks, teens work with local artists to connect ideas and techniques they discover in the gallery to an issue they feel is important in their own community. Interns go behind the scenes to meet Museum professionals and learn how an exhibition is planned, then implemented. The teens mentor elementary-age students, develop original tours of their favorite works of art, and host their own opening celebration.

Considered the “state championship” of visual art, the Scholastic Art Awards program recognizes the exceptional achievements of young artists from across Wisconsin. Teachers, students, and guardians are invited to submit student artwork for recognition by local and national arts professionals, with a regional exhibition opportunity at the Milwaukee Art Museum and national exhibition in New York City. Artwork of all forms may be submitted to the seventeen different categories.

Ages 16–18 PAID internship with lunch and bus tickets provided. Students must apply at mam.org/teens. For more information or questions, email teens@mam.org.

Ages 13–18

NEW: Museum Careers Day Date: TBD fall semester 2019

Please see our Teen Programs page for updates or sign up to receive more information in Teacher eNews.

Join us for a special interactive tour that will highlight a variety of museum career paths including conservation, curation, preparatory, education, visitor services, marketing, events planning, and more. Participating students will hear from museum professionals, have the opportunity to ask questions, and learn about the many different occupations required to run and maintain museums. Ages 13–18

For detailed information, visit www.artandwriting.org. For Wisconsin-specific questions, email scholasticart@mam.org.

Save the Date: Teen Night! Fall:

Thurs, Dec 5, 2019 5–8 PM Spring:

Thurs, May 7, 2020 5–8 PM Young artists take over the Museum, leading renegade tours and hands-on art projects and organizing special performances. Teen Night activities are free for ages 13–19 and families. Jae Suk Lee, Fading Innocence, 2018 Gold Key in Drawing and Illustration. Grade 12. 12


For Teachers

Host your next staff meeting or professional development event at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Options such as guided tours, lunches, and educatorled workshops can be added to meet your group’s needs. Spaces are available year-round for groups of all sizes. For more information on rates and professional development offerings, email teachers@mam.org.

Advocating for Your Visit Give your principal and administrators a letter from Marcelle Polednik, PhD, Donna and Donald Baumgartner Director of the Milwaukee Art Museum. This ready-to-print document is a great tool for showing administrators the power of a Museum trip. Visit mam.org/ principal-letter. All the Museum’s programs meet many Wisconsin Model Academic Standards as well as National Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts. Download this list for complete details at mam.org/ state-standards.

Teacher Night: Portrait of Milwaukee

In Collaboration with Peck School of the Arts ArtsECO Teacher MeetUps Thurs, Oct 17, 2019 | 5–7 PM Treat yourself to a free evening just for educators. Join a drop-in Writing + Art tour led by Museum staff, listen in on an artist lecture, share arts integration ideas with fellow teachers, and unwind with art making opportunities. All are welcome to this special evening focused on professional development in arts integration and connecting with educators in our community. RSVP to artseco-meetup@uwm.edu.

Sue Dunham Memorial Scholarship

Nominate your students to attend Museum studio classes for free at mam.org/scholarship.

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Did You Know?

Our Sponsors

The Access Membership program offers a full Family-level Museum membership to those participating in public assistance for only $20 a year. See mam.org/access for more details.

Herzfeld Foundation, Daniel M. Soref Charitable Trust (Junior Docent School Program)

Questions? Scheduling tours or registering for programs: Tour Scheduler: 414-224-3842 or grouptours@mam.org Program content, details, resources: Associate Educator for School and Teacher Programs: 414-224-3818 or teachers@mam.org

mam.org/blog Find behind-the-scenes stories and posts on art from curators and other Museum staff.

Milwaukee Public Schools Partnership for the Arts and Humanities, The Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts, The Greater Milwaukee Foundation: Mary L Nohl Fund, the Harley-Davidson Foundation, Jane Bradley Pettit Foundation (Teen Programs) With generous support from Milwaukee Art Museum docents and Milwaukee Arts Board The Heller Foundation and Mary Ellen Heller in memory of Avis Heller, Peter and Debra Johnson, Vanguard Computers Inc., CompURent, and an anonymous donor (Scholastic Art Awards: Wisconsin)

front cover image Students at the Milwaukee Art Museum viewing Face Jug that was made in the early 1860s by an unnamed enslaved potter who worked in the growing stoneware production industry in Edgefield, South Carolina. Possibly crafted or at least finished outside of the main pottery, this visually potent African American object echoes both in appearance and function West African ‘Nkisi Nkondi ritualistic sculptures. It is known that Africans from the Wanderer, one of the last illegal slave ships that landed off the coast of Georgia in 1858, were relocated up to the Edgefield area around this time. Notable features include the white teeth and eyes, which are made from white kaolin clay, a sacred substance associated in Kongolese culture with connecting human beings to the spirit world. While small in scale, this historically important vessel stands as a heroic symbol of resistance and cultural survival and currently is part of the Chipstone Foundation’s Dave Project on view at the Milwaukee Art Museum. 16


Welcome to the 2019–20 school year at the Milwaukee Art Museum!

Support your students’ critical thinking, creativity, and visual literacy skills with a trip to the Museum.

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