Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas
detail: Yuk by Elizabeth Layton

The Classroom Collection

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The Classroom Collection program aims to encourage students to exercise aesthetic judgment, consider the qualities inherent in a work of art, and to live with a work of art long enough to observe it carefully and enjoy it fully.

Suggested Classroom Uses

Instructors can integrate works from the Classroom Collection into a variety of academic subjects. These original works of art are visual references and aids for lessons in geography, literary arts, local history, math, and science. Browse the online gallery for suggestions about how to relate works to different subjects. Images of the works from Africa and Haiti will soon be available. Please contact Amanda Martin Hamon, Associate Director of Community Engagement, to discuss how Classroom Collection objects can fit your teaching goals at akmartin@ku.edu or 785.864.0137.

The collection also lends itself to a variety of studio art lessons. Students may explore techniques and media that the artist used and discuss meaning and personal influences in art making. An aesthetics lesson might include small group debates focused on why something is or is not considered art, or where art can be found in our community.

Related works in the Spencer’s permanent collection are listed in the online gallery.