SAM produces Educator Resource Guides in conjunction with select special exhibitions. All of SAM's Educator Resource Guides are FREE and can be downloaded below or checked out from the TRC (see our Online Database for a complete listing).
You must have Adobe Reader installed on your computer to download the documents on this page. Technical requirements are listed for the online CD-ROMs.
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness: American Art from the Yale University Art Gallery
February 26–May 25, 2009
The Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness Educator Resource Guide is an interactive resource to enhance your classroom's study of American history, art and culture through primary visual resources. Using images of works of art from the Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness exhibition, historical photographs, articles and letters, this interdisciplinary resource encourages teachers and students to think critically about how American history is taught in the classroom, presenting alternative narratives and using material culture as an inroad to critical discussion.
S’abadeb—The Gifts: Pacific Coast Salish Art and Artists
October 24, 2008–January 11, 2009
Below is a list of teacher resources developed for the special exhibition S’abadeb—The Gifts: Pacific Coast Salish Art and Artists. Each Newspapers in Education chapter features one work of Coast Salish art. The Educator Resource Guide provides general background information on the history, art and culture of Coast Salish First people through in depth exploration of eight works of art. The activities suggested in all of these resources can easily be adapted to other works of art found online, in books or in the permanent collection of the Seattle Art Museum.
Japan Envisions the West: 16th–19th Century Japanese Art from Kobe City Museum
October 11, 2007–January 6, 2008
Presents suggested activities and ways for educators to facilitate dialogues about art and cultural exchange with students in grades 3–12. Although this content was originally created to accompany a visit to the exhibition Japan Envisions the West: 16th–19th Century Japanese Art from Kobe City Museum, the activities and questions to consider can easily be adapted to other works of art found online, in books or in the permanent collection of the Seattle Art Museum.
Song, Story, Speech: Oral Traditions of Puget Sound's First People
August 5, 2004–December 11, 2005
Explore the elemental beauty and sophistication of the time-honored oral traditions of Puget Sound’s First People through Coast Salish song, art, and storytelling.
You will need Windows Media Player to play the audio and video.
Spain in the Age of Exploration, 1492–1819
October 16, 2004–January 2, 2005
This bilingual online CD-ROM—produced to complement the exhibit Spain in the Age of Exploration, 1492–1819—covers the artistic and cultural achievements of Spain’s Golden Age, focusing on topics relevant to classroom subjects, such as botanical drawings, map making, Native Northwest cultures, exploration and science. Lesson plans, art activities, a glossary, maps and resources are included.
Over the Line: The Art and Life of Jacob Lawrence
February 6–May 4, 2003
To accompany the retrospective exhibition of Jacob Lawrence's work, SAM
partnered with the Whitney Museum of American Art to provide their excellent
teacher packet, adapted for use with the SAM exhibition, online. Click
on the link below for the Whitney Museum's web site, as well as additional
web sites with free, downloadable teacher materials featuring the art
and life of Jacob Lawrence.
Art From Africa: Long Steps Never Broke A Back
February 7May 19, 2002
African artists and scholars worked on this exhibition featuring SAM's
African art collection. They spoke directly about the works of art from
the perspective of their own cultures. Three of these scholars helped
us develop lesson ideas you can use in your classroom.
Daniel "Koo Nimo"
Amponsah, 4 pages, 146 kb
Kakuta Ole Maimai Hamisi,
4 pages, 150 kb
4 pages, 120 kb
Treasures from a Lost Civilization:
Ancient Chinese Art from Sichuan
May 10August 12, 2001
This exhibition featured a spectacular discovery in 1986 of an ancient
Bronze Age civilization in Sichuan, China. The show highlighted Chinese
art from this era, as well as works of art from two better-known ancient
Sichuan peoples. The lessons focus on art objects from all three eras.
Lessons, 46 pages,
3 pages, 158 kb
John Singer Sargent
December 14, 2000March 18, 2001
This exhibition was the first West Coast viewing of the artist's work
and featured his portrait paintings, as well as watercolors and charcoal
sketches. The lessons contain both art and language arts activities.
Lessons, 30 pages,
1, 1 page, 3.6 m
2, 1 page, 3.5 m
3, 1 page, 2.7 m
4, 1 page, 2.5 m
Porcelain Stories: From China to Europe
February 17May 7, 2000
Featuring SAM's decorative arts collection, this exhibition traced the
worldwide evolution of porcelain in China and Western Europe. The lessons
focus on three main themes: trade and cross-cultural exchange, cultural
context and use, and process and techniques.
24 pages, 365 kb
Explore Korea: A Visit to Grandfather's House
October 23, 1999October 20, 2002
An interactive exploration of a traditional Korean house. Lesson plans
focus on art and architecture, writing Korean words, and illustrating
pages, 3,410 kb
16 pages, 460 kb
An American Century of Photography: From Dry-Plate to Digital
The Hallmark Photographic Collection
September 30,1999January 9, 2000
The lessons introduce photography as an art form and explore its connection
to history, art, science, and literature.
22 pages, 99 kb
10 pages, 1,466 kb
Egypt: Gift of the Nile
October 15, 1998January 10, 1999
This exhibition showcased the Egyptian art collection of the University
of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. The lessons cover
four themes in ancient Egyptian daily life and they include transparency
80 pages, 2,614 kb