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Visionary Activities

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

Loy Bowlin - If You Build It, They Will Come: Visionary Artists and Their Environments

If You Build It, They Will Come: Visionary Artists and Their Environments

Judith Scott - Baba

The Secret Within:
The Art of Judith Scott

Paul Lancaster, Still Life with Fruit

ABUNDANCE: Too Much, Too Little, Just Right

My Childhood Home by Esther Krinitz

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.

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.

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? 

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.


“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.

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