Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas
detail: Farm Pond by Judi Geer Kellas

The Classroom Collection

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The Spencer’s Classroom Collection contains 29 works of art in various media including photography, painting, sculpture, jewelry, printmaking, and ceramics. The collection is available to all area art teachers to check out and display in their classrooms. Featured local and internationally known artists include Roger Shimomura, Terry Evans, Joseph Judd Pennell, and Elizabeth Layton. Each object is stored in its own protective carrying crate for easy transport. The SMA Education Department provides teachers with accompanying resource notebooks that include artists’ statements, images of additional works, biographical information, websites, and newspaper articles.


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 Lessons:

Teachers 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.

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.

A visit to the museum would complement the classroom collection experience. Related works in the Spencer’s permanent collection are listed in the online gallery.