Distance Learning

Our distance learning programs are live, two-way audio and video programs that bring the museum to your classroom. Focusing on the Amon Carter’s collection of American art, the programs engage students and teachers with museum staff in discussions and activities exploring art, history, culture, language arts, and science.

Art-for-All Scholarship Program

In keeping with the Amon Carter’s mission to serve an educational role and to fulfill the wish of the museum’s founder, Amon G. Carter Sr., to have fine American art freely accessible to all, our scholarship program provides funding for select schools to receive free videoconferences. A limited number of interactive videoconferences and associated materials will be provided at no cost to eligible schools nationwide that have reciprocal equipment but do not have program funding.

Art-for-All Scholarship Application

Videoconferences for Students

Most programs are accompanied by pre-broadcast activities that facilitate participation during the broadcast. You receive these by mail in advance of the scheduled program date. Additional information and supporting lesson plans for many of these programs are available at http://www.cartermuseum.org/learn/online-projects.

  • Art of the American West (grades 6–12)
    History, Social Studies, Visual Arts
    This program brings American history to life! Working with images, students analyze the ways in which important artists have interpreted the western United States during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This program promotes and improves students’ observation and critical thinking skills while making connections between art and history. After the videoconference, continue exploring the theme by using supporting lesson plans from the Amon Carter’s online teaching guide Inspiring Visions: Artists’ Views of the American West.
  • Art Meets Math (grades 1–7)
    Math, Visual Arts
    Use art to make math meaningful and fun. Using visual analysis, students explore the vocabulary and processes associated with the math concepts of your choice. To meet the needs of varied learning styles, the museum educator layers a lively, interactive, inquiry-based discussion of art between a hefty dose of math vocabulary and process reinforcement. Allow the museum educator three weeks to develop a program to introduce the topics of your choice or as a reinforcement/culminating activity for any math unit.
  • Art Work (grades 4–12)
    History, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Visual Arts
    Students travel behind the scenes and learn about fascinating career opportunities in an art museum. They interact with art professionals from various museum departments and make connections between the skills and knowledge needed to work in the arts and what they are learning in the core content areas of their curriculum.
  • Beautiful Biomes (grades 2–5)
    Science, Visual Arts
    Science and art intersect as students creatively use works by renowned nature photographer Eliot Porter to broaden their understanding of scientific processes, identify and describe the environmental regions of the world, and discuss plant and animal adaptations. After the videoconference, continue exploring the theme by using supporting lesson plans from the Amon Carter’s online teaching guide Eliot Porter: The Color of Wildness.
  • Cowboy Close-Up (grades K–6)
    Language Arts, Social Studies, Visual Arts
    The photographs of Erwin E. Smith, along with the paintings and sculpture of Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell, are viewed as primary sources that tell the story of the American cowboy during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Students experience the lifestyle of a cowboy through the eyes and words of a historical reenactor as they watch video clips that include an authentic chuck wagon. After the videoconference, continue exploring the theme by using supporting lesson plans from the Amon Carter’s online teaching guide Erwin E. Smith: The Cowboy Photographer.
  • Encountering Texas (grades 3–7)
    History, Language Arts, Social Studies, Visual Arts
    Students explore Texas through the eyes of three artists who joined the vast migration of Americans headed to the newly formed state in the 1840s and 1850s. These Texas newcomers recorded their individual observations of the young state in delicate watercolors and drawings. After the videoconference, continue exploring the theme by using supporting lesson plans from the Amon Carter’s online teaching guide Encountering Texas: 1846–56.
  • How to Make an Artist (grades pre-K–2)
    Language Arts, Visual Arts
    Students are introduced to artists and their work through picture-book biographies and discussion. During the program, students create art in the styles of Georgia O’Keeffe and Frederic Remington.
  • Language of Art (grades 2–12)
    Language Arts, Social Studies, Visual Arts
    Students discover how artists convey ideas, create expression, and organize compositions through the use of the elements of art and principles of design. Through interactive dialogue, students learn art vocabulary and practice speaking the “language of art."
  • Picturing History Through Art (grades 5–12, including Advanced Placement)
    History, Social Studies, Visual Arts
    Students examine the ways that works of art illustrate, or were influenced by, events that shaped American history during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
  • So You Think You Saw What Happened (grades 2–8)
    Critical Thinking, Visual Arts
    Enliven your language arts and science instruction while motivating your students to discover the important details in works of art. During this art-based interactive videoconference with connections to forensic science, students will take a gallery tour; view, sketch, discuss, and record details in American masterpieces; and solve mysteries within the art.

Scheduling and Connectivity

You may request student programs by contacting distancelearning@cartermuseum.org or 817.989.5032.

Customized programs on other topics related to the Amon Carter’s collection and special exhibitions may be requested.

Fees

Student programs are $50 for a one-hour program. All schools outside Texas are responsible for their own line charges.

A limited number of interactive videoconferences and associated materials will be provided at no cost to eligible schools nationwide that have reciprocal equipment but do not have program funding.

Art-for-All Scholarship Application

Videoconferences for Educators

Incorporate visual art into all areas of your curriculum to enliven instructional design, motivate students, and increase learning. Strengthen your district’s professional development plan by scheduling your staff for an interactive videoconference with the Amon Carter. Participating teachers receive CDs with related digital images, image guides, and classroom activities tied to state and national teaching standards. For more information (including descriptions, titles, and fee structure) and to schedule programs on your designated staff development dates, call 817.989.5032 or email distancelearning@cartermuseum.org.