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Hands on art lessons in your classrooms
ARTworks is an Art Museum program designed to take hands-on art lessons into classrooms across the eastern Idaho region. Since starting the program, we have taken art lessons to over 600 classrooms in six school districts throughout eastern Idaho, reaching over 15,000 students.
AW_artworks2016web.jpg   Lessons are related to museum exhibits and provide hands-on exploration of 2- or 3-dimensional art processes, art history, art appreciation and technical instruction.

After the classroom lesson, classes are invited to visit the museum for a follow-up exhibit tour and related art lesson. Limited busing scholarships are available.

To schedule a classroom visit, please complete the Classroom Visit Request Form and return it to TAM by email.
AW_artworks2016girlweb.jpg   A limited number of school-wide classroom visits are also available at no cost to underserved elementary schools and rural schools in eastern Idaho. Please contact Alexa Stanger, the Education Director at 208-524-7777 or for more information on school-wide visits.

All visits must be scheduled a minimum of two weeks in advance. Contact Liz Salisbury, Education Coordinator at or
Exhibit Based Lessons 2018 - 2019

After exploring examples of work by artist Beth Van Hoesen, students will create their own unique mixed media painting, blending observational drawing with imagination.

Suggested time frame 2.5 hours
Lesson Available Oct 2018 – Jan 2019


After viewing a variety of examples
of African masks from TAM's permanent collection, young artists will explore symmetry and color theory in the process of designing and creating their
own 3-D mask.

Suggested time frame 2.5 hours
Lesson Available Feb – May 2019
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© Beth Van Hoesen


© Beth Van Hoesen




Pre-Visit Primer
You will receive an e-mail confirming our visit. This e-mail will include an image that will be highlighted in our lesson. Please take a few minutes to share this image with your students and have a short discussion prompted by the three simple VTS (Visual Thinking Strategies) questions included in the message to build interest and curiosity about the upcoming lesson.

ARTworks Outreach Classroom Visit
When we visit your classroom a museum artist instructor will provide a lesson overview and student rubric that will be used throughout the lesson.

Students will learn about an artist and art process, then engage in a compare-and-contrast discussion about the works.

Students will apply ideas from the discussion in a hands-on art-making process. Problem solving and personal expression are encouraged!

After completing the lesson, the class will engage in a group critique of finished artwork. The instructor will revisit the rubric with the students to evaluate student learning.

You will receive a lesson evaluation form via e-mail from the museum Education Coordinator, Liz Salisbury, inviting you to provide valuable feedback. 


To schedule a classroom visit, please fill out the Classroom Visit Request Form and return it to the museum by e-mail or mail. To schedule a visit by phone or email, please contact Liz Salisbury at 208-524-7777 or All visits must be scheduled a minimum of two weeks in advance.


ARTworks is sponsored by

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ARTworks is also supported in part by awards from the William J. & Shirley A. Maeck Family Foundation; Helen Farrell; the The Post Register's Newspapers in Education; Fluor Idaho; INL through corporate funds from Battelle Energy Alliance; US Bancorp Foundation; The Ralph & Mary Lynn Hartwell Family Fund, The Gladys E. Langroise Advised Fund, and the F.M., Anne G., & Beverly B. Bistline Foundation in the Idaho Community Foundation.