Housing one of the most extensive collections in the Southeast, the Birmingham Museum of Art has been exposing students to artists from around the world and takes pride in advocating for local Alabama creators. While many children are beginning their school year from home, the museum’s diverse slate of virtual offerings will allow students to virtually tour exhibits, discover their inner artist and explore the institution’s vast collection all from the comfort of home.

Teachers can use the Culture Bridge program, which allows students to experience the museum’s extensive Asian art collection with videos, interactive graphics and art activities. Want to teach students the basic tenets of Hinduism and Buddhism? Students can explore elaborate renderings of religious sculptures by clicking and learning how faith manifests through symbolism.

Want to develop your students’ critical thinking skills? The 5 W’s program curates a lesson around ancient Chinese artifacts by proving curator-led videos, essay prompts, coloring sheets and quizzes that reinforce lessons about military history and spirituality.

In addition, art activities that can be printed from home and online puzzles provide fresh ways for students to discover these rich cultures. Easy search functions on the museum’s website allow teachers select activities based on grade, digital accessibility, Asian region and subject, and comprehensive lesson plans attach multiple disciples to a single object for a comprehensive lesson.

Students can also unlock their inner artist at the Studio School, a weekly series of videos where museum staff show how to create watercolor mosaics jewelry and wire sculptures from household objects.


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