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Ann P. Wyckoff Education Resource Center​​​


The Education Resource Center is closed until further notice. The Outreach Suitcase program remains on hiatus.

Expanded activities and resources for use by educators and families can be found in  Online Learning Resources and Look and Make Activities below! 

The Education Resource Center (ERC) is a launch pad to explore works of art and spark creative learning. The ERC supports inclusive and engaging art experiences through free resources for families, educators, and youth at the museum, in the classroom, and at home.

The Ann P. Wyckoff Education Resource Center (ERC), formerly known as the Teacher Resource Center (TRC), is located at the Seattle Art Museum.


Closed until further notice.


Until further notice, borrowed materials can be returned ONLY to the ERC drop box (accessible every day from 6 am to 11 pm), located at the parking garage of the Olympic Sculpture Park.

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SAM has a variety of resources, both at the museum and online, to enrich your learning and teaching.

For your curricular needs, access Educator Resource Guides, Educator Resource Lists, and Online Interactives below.

Educator Resource Guides

Educator Resource Lists

Online Interactives

SAM Libraries

Looking for general information on the artists, periods, styles, and cultures represented in SAM's collections? See lists of resources curated by research librarians at SAM Libraries​​​​​​​.

SAM Collections

Looking for information about SAM’s artworks, including those currently on view? Access art images, overviews from curators, and related media from SAM’s online collection. Learn how​ to use this dynamic resource.


These ready-to-use, printable activities focus on individual artworks from the museum and are tailored for specific age groups. Each activity sheet includes looking questions, information about the art, related media, and a making activity using basic materials. Available in English, Spanish, and Chinese.

Download instructions: under each activity, choose a language and a pdf will open. Choose “All” to view a list in SAM's library catalog.

You may also view lists of the available Look & Make Activities in the library catalog using the View by Age Group or Language buttons. In the list, choose a title and scroll to the bottom, then click the page icon under “Media” to download the pdf.

Early Learners (PK)

Animals, Container in the Form of a Bull Bearing a Pot 12th to early 13th century, Iranian or Iraqi (Persian)
Look closely at an eight-hundred-year-old ceramic sculpture from Iran, try out different animal movements, and make your own animal-shaped container.

Download PDF: English  Spanish  Chinese  All

Seasons, Picnicking Under Cherry Blossoms and Boating on the River by Nishikawa Sukenobu
Examine the details of this 18th century painted Japanese screen, act out the life cycle of a tree, read about springtime explorations, and make your own multimedia artwork inspired by nature.

Download PDF: English  Spanish  Chinese  All

Shapes, Mondlicht by Alexi Jawlensky
Learn more about Jawlensky’s abstract painting, do shape yoga, listen to a story, and create a portrait from shapes.

Download PDF: English  Spanish  Chinese  All

Elementary Grades (K-2, 3-5)

Grades K-5: Connecting Place, Shape, and Color, Seattle Cloud Cover by Teresita Fernández
Learn about how artist Teresita Fernández connects with place in her public artwork. Take a nature walk, make observations, and record the shapes and colors that you see in your environment. Use those colors and shapes to create a collage that expresses how you see the place where you are.

Download PDF: English  All

Grades K-5: Water All Around Us, First Salmon Ceremony by Ron Hilbert Coy
Learn about First Salmon Ceremonies practiced in Indigenous communities along the Salish Sea, then honor an organism in your watershed's ecosystem using crayon and watercolor resist techniques.

Download PDF: English  All

Grades K-2: Dance, Trapsprung by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
Learn more about Lynette Yiadom-Boakye's dynamic painting, move like a dancer, and express your movements in a foil sculpture.

Download PDF: English  Spanish  Chinese  All

Grades K-2: Environment, Middle Fork by John Grade
Learn more about Grade’s huge collaborative sculpture, hold a yoga pose, read about trees, and make your own tree sculpture out of a paper bag.

Download PDF: English  Spanish  Chinese  All

Grades K-2: Recycled Materials, Takpekpe by El Anatsui
Study El Anatsui’s sculpture made using recycled materials, go on a home scavenger hunt for patterns, read about recycling and art, and design your own work using recycled materials.

Download PDF: English  Spanish  Chinese  All

Grades K-5: Lines, The Eagle by Alexander Calder
Examine Calder’s giant outdoor sculpture and learn about lines in abstract art. Move your body like different types of lines, learn about Calder’s childhood artwork, and create your own drawing using different kinds of lines.

Download PDF: English  Spanish  Chinese  All

Grades K-5: Nature, A Branch of the Cold Season by Yang Hui
Explore the Yang Hui and Monk Zen painting, go for a walk, listen to stories about nature, and create your own nature-inspired poem and artwork with a friend.

Download PDF: English  Spanish  Chinese  All

Grades K-5: Social Emotional Learning, Grandma Ruby's Refrigerator Series: The Notion of Family by Latoya Ruby Frazier
Imagine you're over at Latoya Ruby Frazier's grandmother's house and practice meditating through breathing, moving your body, and drawing.

Download PDF: English

Grades 3-5: Empathy, ChimaTEK: Virtual Chimeric Space by Saya Woolfalk
Immerse yourself in Woolfalk’s multimedia art installation, explore concepts of empathy via videos and graphic novels, and design a prototype for an empathy-spreading invention.

Download PDF: English  Spanish  Chinese  All

Grades 3-5: Storytelling, Carpe Fin by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas
Dive into Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas’ Haida manga, explore storytelling through graphic novels, learn about Pacific Northwest Coastal formline design, and create your own comic.

Download PDF: English  Spanish  Chinese  All

Middle School (Grades 6-8)

Grades 4-12: Find Your Angle: Photography from Our Blue Planet
Look closely at photographs by artists Johsel Namkung and Aida Muluneh that depict and share a message about the environment. Learn how photographic techniques can express a viewpoint, then share a message about the natural world around you through documentary photography.

Download PDF: English  All

Animation, Flower Ball, by Takashi Murakami
Be drawn into the depths of Murakami's animated painting, learn about the interplay between art and pop culture, and design your own cartoon character based on an everyday object.

Download PDF: English  Spanish  Chinese  All

Identity, Some/One, by Do Ho Suh
Examine Suh’s exploration of individual and group identity in his large-scale, intricate sculpture. Think about how personal objects you wear or carry can express your identity, and create your own paper mosaic inspired by a significant object.

Download PDF: English  Spanish  Chinese  All

Imagination, Bewitched #2 Seoul, by Jung Yeondoo
Spark your imagination with Jung Yeondoo’s photography, consider your own future, and make a collage representing a friend’s dream.

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Music, Music, Pink and Blue, No. 1, by Georgia O'Keeffe
Feel the music in O’Keeffe’s abstract painting; learn more about the intersection of music, emotion, and visual art; and create your own experiential sketches inspired by favorite songs.

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High School (Grades 9-12)

Grades 6-12: Layers of Meaning: Desecration #2 by John Feodorov
Explore how John Feodorov comments on harm inflicted on Indigenous lands through his mixed-media artwork. Use your power as an artist to inspire positive change. Spread your message about a social or environmental issue by altering an image of a personally meaningful place with drawing and collage materials.

Download PDF: English  All

Collaboration, Amerocco by Aaron Fowler
Immerse yourself in the details of Aaron Fowler’s collaborative mixed-media installation, take a virtual tour of the piece with former SAM intern Ramzy Lakos, and assemble your own dream team by making a collage.

Download PDF: English  Spanish  Chinese  All

Place, Seattle Cloud Cover by Teresita Fernández
Immerse yourself in Fernández’s large-scale, site-specific art installation at the Olympic Sculpture Park. Learn more about public art, landscape, and senses of place, and create your own collage based on place, patterns, and colors meaningful to you.

Download PDF: English  Spanish  Chinese  All

Social Justice, Breakfast Series by Sonny Assu
Take in Assu’s humorous cereal box redesign meant to draw attention to social justice issues affecting indigenous communities of the Pacific Northwest Coast. Learn about the intersection of political activism, social justice movements and art, and design your own poster to raise awareness of a social issue.

Download PDF: English  Spanish  Chinese  All


Outreach Suitcases

The Outreach Suitcase program remains on hiatus until further notice.

SAM Outreach Suitcases are collections of objects from diverse cultures, times, and places that students can touch, examine, and discuss. Unpack art in your classroom with these free learning resources.​

Seattle Art Museum respectfully acknowledges that we are on Indigenous land, the traditional territories of the Coast Salish people. We honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future.

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