K-12 educators

The Kemper Art Museum's education department offers programs for students of all ages. Teachers are invited to choose from the list below or request a tour of the current special exhibition, a custom tour, or a self-guided tour.

We ask that you submit your request at least two weeks in advance of your preferred date and that tours take place within the Museum's regular hours of 11 am–5 pm Wednesday–Saturday, 12–5 pm Sunday, and 11 am–8 pm on first and third Thursdays.

For more information, please contact Olivia Mendelson, assistant educator, at 314.935.5624 or mendelson.olivia@wustl.edu.

Virtual Museum Tours

While the Museum is closed and we maintain social distancing, the education department is offering guided virtual tours to support distance learning and arts integration. Bring art to your students through interactive programs with museum educators designed to accommodate synchronous or asynchronous classes. For more information on scheduling a virtual tour, please email mendelson.olivia@wustl.edu.

K–12 Tours

Art Basics | grades K–2
An introduction to art elements (including color, shape, line, texture, and space) for younger students.
Missouri grade level expectations: VA: II.1.A–B, D–E, II.2.D; III.1.A; III.2.A; IV.2.A; V.1.B

Faces and Places | grades 2–8
An exploration of the deeper meanings of portraits and landscapes. Students will see and describe how artists represent people and places both past and present.
Missouri grade level expectations: VA: III.1.A; III.2.A; IV.2.A; V.1.B

Narratives in Art | grades 4–12
A discussion of how artists tell stories with images. Students will practice putting their interpretations into words through group discussion and through creative and descriptive writing.
Missouri grade level expectations: VA: III.1.A; III.2.A; IV.2.A; V.1.B | CA: Writing 1.A, 2.A–D, 3.A

Materials, Media, and Methods | grades 4–12
An exploration of the relationship between an artist’s subject matter and materials. Students will learn about a variety of artistic materials and methods—both traditional and unusual—in sculpture, painting, photography, and prints.
Missouri grade level expectations: VA: II.1.A–B, D–G, II.2.C; II.2.E; III.2.A; V.1.B

STEAM | all grade levels
An exploration of the ways science, technology, engineering, and math are related to art. Students will learn both art and STEM concepts through an arts integrated approach. Download an outline of the STEAM Tour.
Missouri grade level expectations: VA: II.2.A; III.2.A; IV.2.A | Science & Mathematics: applicable GLEs depend on the level of the students

Additional Resources

Big Yellow School Bus Grant

Missouri Arts Council's Big Yellow School Bus grant will cover up to $300 of transportation expenses for student field trips to the Kemper. Click here to learn more about the guidelines. To find out if your school is eligible, contact Julie Hale at Julie.Hale@LtGov.mo.gov or 314.495.9104.

Educator Guides

The Museum also offers Educator Guides containing teacher-friendly information about the Museum's exhibitions and artworks, including discussion questions, activities, artist biographies, vocabulary lists, and more.

Educator E-news

Subscribe to the Museum's Educator E-news to receive information about special programming, events, and other resources for teachers and students.