Through our Gilcrease Goes to School (K-12th grade) and Art Sparks (K-6th grade) programs, docents visit your school to present the program of your choice as it relates to the Americas and its inhabitants. Presentations are written with the PASS Objectives in mind and are designed to complement history and art curricula.
Presentations may be used in one of three ways: as a stand-alone visit, we can present any program to your class as a way to introduce or enhance a curriculum unit; secondly, if you have a tour at the museum already scheduled, a Gilcrease Goes to School presentation can serve as a pre-museum visit. Our docents will introduce your class to what they will see and what they can expect during their trip to Gilcrease; and finally, if your group has already visited the museum, we can schedule a post-museum presentation.
Through Gilcrease Goes to School, docents will lead students through an exploration of different times, places, and people with images and artifacts from the Gilcrease collection. Later, Art Sparks teaching artists will return to your classroom to engage students in a related art activity. (Two separate visits to the class are required.) Basic art concepts as well as the materials used will be presented.
Programs are presented at no cost to your school.
To schedule your presentation, please complete and submit a Tour Reservation Form. For additional information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Presentations are available for kindergarten through 12th grade, except where noted. Gilcrease Goes To School and Art Sparks may be scheduled any weekday, based on availability.
Select a Gilcrease Goes to School topic and a Related Art Sparks activity from the following list:
The First Visit Gilcrease Goes to School program is the companion pre-visit outreach program for the First Visit Leaving Tracks museum tour (and is intended to be used as a pre-visit for this tour only). The program will help prepare students for their museum visit and exposure to the art, cultural artifacts and historical objects they will see when they tour the museum in the days following this in-class presentation.
Grade Levels: Pre-K (Four years old and up) – 1st
Boots and Moccasins
Boots and Moccasins takes kids on a journey through the West using images by Remington, Russell and Catlin that show life on the trail.
Related Art Sparks activities for grade levels: Pre-K (Four years old and up) – 2nd: patterned rug.
The Adventures of Buffy and Ralphy
Geared for younger students, The Adventures of Buffy and Ralphy is the story of two young buffaloes (bison) who decide to go on an adventure to find new friends. Every buffalo is taught to “take care of the Good Earth” with larger animals living in peaceful harmony with the smaller ones.
Related Art Sparks activities for grade levels: Pre-K (Four years old and up) – 3rd: relief buffalo sculptures with landscape.
American History through American Art
American History through American Art chronicles American history from the pre-historic period to the modern era using artifacts and representations of portraits, history paintings, landscapes and genre paintings.
Related Art Sparks activities for grade levels: 3rd – 5th: Abraham Lincoln sculpture.
Oklahoma History tells the story of our state from Ice Age mammoths through statehood.
Related Art Sparks activities for grade levels: K – 5th: buffalos, relief or 3D sculptures.
American Indians explores the buffalo dances, storytellers, games, traders, warfare and lifestyles of the American Indians.
Related Art Sparks activities for grade levels: Pre-K (Four years old and up) – 5th: dreamcatchers using various materials.
Regions of America
Regions of America presents art and artists from the American East, West and Southwest. The formal elements of art are discussed as students explore the diverse artistic styles.
Related Art Sparks activities for grade levels: K – 5th: weaving using various materials.
Westward Movement will take students back in time and show them various aspects of our expansion west. Subjects include Daniel Boone, Sacagawea, Lewis and Clark, animals, Indians, settlers, hunters, traders, trappers, cowboys, cattle, soldiers and transportation.
Related Art Sparks activities for grade levels: K – 5th: Pony Express satchels
Enduring Spirit: Native American Artistic Traditions
Enduring Spirit: Native American Artistic Traditions takes a regional look at the art made by native peoples from the Great Plains, Indian Territory, the East, the Southwest and the Northwest Coast.
Related Art Sparks activities for grade levels: K – 5th: terra cotta pueblo pots or feather fans
Ancient Americas: Treasures from the Pre-Columbian Collections
Ancient Americas: Treasures from the Pre-Columbian Collections teaches students about the life and culture south of the border from ancient to modern times. Highlights include Mexican masks and paintings, effigies from ancient civilizations and Incan artifacts.
Related Art Sparks activities for grade levels: K – 5th: Mexican masks or clay effigies.
For questions or information concerning the Gilcrease Goes to School program contact email@example.com.