The pARTners program brings every fourth-grade student in the Salt Lake City School District to the UMFA twice each year. Museum visits are supplemented with teacher resources and pre- and post-visit classroom curriculum. Each pARTners semester connects current Museum exhibitions to core-linked curriculum using question-based, experiential tours and in-classroom experiences.
As one of the UMFA's longest-running outreach programs, pARTners has been an integral part of the curriculum in the Salt Lake City School District for over thirty years. Fourth-grade students in the district experience the Museum's world-class collection in an intimate, personalized setting. The goal of pARTners is to provide valuable arts learning experiences that foster visual literacy, critical thinking, and effective communication. Students explore the diverse collections during two Museum visits, once in the fall and again in the winter school term. The program draws connections between the art on view, Utah Core Standards, and personal experiences.
The pARTners program connects every fourth-grade student in the Salt Lake City School District to the UMFA twice each year. For the 2020 school year, pARTners tours will be digital, exploring art and our world through fun and engaging creative experiences. Tours are supplemented with a short pre-tour art warm-up and a wrap-up artmaking activity. Each pARTners semester connects current Museum exhibitions to core-linked curriculum using question-based, experiential tours and in-classroom experiences.
Fall 2020 | How to Look at a Work of Art
This fall, students and their teachers will train their artistic eye and develop visual literacy as we practice looking closely at details to interpret works of art using visual evidence. Our world is full of images and it is important that we can read them, discover their meaning, and examine why artists make the choices they do. We will discover how to look at a work of art through sketching, storytelling, and games, asking questions about what we see and making looking at art fun!
pARTners digital tours:
- Using your schools preferred video conferencing technology (Zoom, WebEx, etc.) to provide real-time art-based presentations.
- interactive, engaging, question-based, object-centered.
- aligned with Utah Core Standards for fourth-grade and 21st century learning skills promoting critical thinking, creativity, and communication.
- available by appointment Tuesday–Thursday, and need to be scheduled at least 2 weeks in advance. Limited space is available.
- flexible with any physical teaching situation.
- tour lasts between 45-60 minutes, but can be adapted to shorter or longer periods of time by request.
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Winter 2020 | Storytelling
Come explore a world full of stories at UMFA! This semester, SLCSD’s 4th grade students and teachers will experience different types of stories and storytelling methods to look at and discuss art. Stories from around the world will be highlighted as students learn about visual narrative and uncover clues and details hidden in works of art that reveal secrets, mysteries, facts, and questions. Thanks to our friends at the UofU Book Arts Program, each participant will make a comic book and create their own incredible story!
Fall 2019 | Compare | Contrast
Compare | Contrast
pARTners winter 2019 | Elements of Art
Agamograph art-making activity
Fall 2018 | How to Look at a Work of Art
Winter 2018 | Elements of Art!
For their second UMFA visit this year, 4th grade students and teachers in SLCSD will explore the galleries through the elements of art: line, shape, color, texture, and space. They will discover the elements of art as building blocks for artistic expression through games, art activities, and hands-experiences, and will explore how and why artists around the world make works of art. Throughout their tour, students and teachers will increase their comfort in talking about art, and ultimately see themselves as creative people! All curricula is integrated into Utah Core Standards and pre and post curricula highlights ways to incorporate the elements of art into other subjects through short bell-ringer activities and mindfulness workshops.
Fall 2017 | The Senses!
We are thrilled to welcome back 4th grade students and their teachers in Salt Lake City School District to the Utah Museum of Fine Arts after our 18-month renovation! This fall the pARTners program will explore our reimagined galleries using The 5 Senses to engage, connect, and critically reflect on the art and ideas between the Museum’s walls. We will explore artworks through exciting art making, discussions, and hands-on experiences with sound, smell, sight, taste, and touch and leave our own mark in UMFA’s new ACME Lab exhibition Las Hermanas Iglesias: HERE, HERE. All curricula is integrated into Utah Core Standards and pre and post curricula highlights ways to incorporate the 5 senses into other subjects through short bell-ringer activities and mindfulness workshops.
Winter 2017 | Careers in Art
This curriculum highlights careers in art through a Museum experience delivered to the classroom. Students will handle authentic art objects from the education collection, get a sneak peek into our Modern and Contemporary gallery reinstallation, and curate their own digital exhibition. Pre- and post-lessons will guide students in role play as professional artists, curators, and art critics
Fall 2016 | Land Art, Landscape and the Environment
During the hour-long presentation fourth-grade students will investigate the way artists use texture, color, repetition, space, and movement in landscapes; handle and examine authentic art objects from around the world; and engage collaboratively in a range of discussions to build connections. The presentation will culminate with a technology-based project, allowing each student to create their own photograph to be part of a whole-class artwork.