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Visionary Activities

These lesson plans for various grades connect issues and concepts in our current exhibitions to your classroom.

ABUNDANCE: Too Much, Too Little, Just Right

ABUNDANCE: Too Much, Too Little, Just Right

Green Monkeys - Small Monkeys by Johanna Burke

The Secret Life of Earth

Explore how Earth has inspired art + activism, human invention, and upcycling. Lessons range from Grades 3-12.


Esther and the Dream of One Loving Human Family

Art and Remembrance, the lenders of the show's artworks about the Holocaust, offer lessons on social justice, art, language arts, and more.

Photo of Sam "The Dot Man" McMillan by Kelly Ludwig

The Dot Man: K-2 

Get to know artist Sam "The Dot Man." Let's make houses out of paper, combine them into a "neighborhood," and explore why we make art.

Robert Provine photo by Tim Ford

Sleep Timeline: Grades 2-3

Students will draw a timeline of their bedtime ritual and explore: Why is sleep important? What's a ritual? 

Madonna delle Lacrime (detail) by Adrian Kellard

Safe Haven: Grades 9-12 

For Artist Adrian Kellard, his bedroom was his safe haven. Let's create works that explore the concept of a safe haven.


“Art is amazing! There are no mistakes in art.”


—student, jeffers hill elementary, howard county public school

Video workshops

Instructional ideas in these video workshops provide ways to interactively connect the museum collection to the curricula of science, history, and more.