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Aspen Art Museum


School Programs

AAM School Programs aim to provide students equitable, fun opportunities for learning and engagement with contemporary art, creating stronger links between people, art, and ideas. The museum can come to your school, you can come to the museum, or do both!

All aspects of the K–12 program are free and scheduled on a first come, first served basis.

K–12 School Programs serve all schools in Pitkin County and neighboring counties: Chaffee, Delta, Eagle, Garfield, Gunnison, Lake, and Mesa.

Teachers can choose what program(s) work best for their students.

Museum Visits School

Open Studio
This hands-on classroom experience invites students to learn about contemporary art through an art-making activity designed by a contemporary artist and led by a museum Educator. Art supplies included.

Meet the Museum
This interactive presentation invites students to build visual literacy and respect for diverse points of view through listening and looking at contemporary art together. Students will expand their definition of what art can be and gain skills for appreciating art at a museum.

Art, Self, & Society
This reflective experience invites students to consider the connections between self and the wider world. Together, students will unpack one work of contemporary art through critical inquiry and personal interpretation. This ample space of dialogue gives students room to explore what they see, think, and feel. This option is ideal for advanced classrooms.

Practical Information:

  1. AAM Educators connect to your classroom curriculum.
  2. All visits last sixty minutes and are preferably scheduled on Mondays or Tuesdays.

School Visits Museum

Field Trip
This cultural experience invites students, teachers, and chaperones to engage more deeply with contemporary art and ideas through a guided tour of the museum. We will explore the architecture of the building with a ride on the glass elevator and enjoy a complimentary lunch.

Teachers can choose from two tour themes:

  1. Observe: Careful looking at artworks will provide opportunities to hone observation skills, personal insights, and visual literacy. This tour takes an interdisciplinary approach, addressing different learning styles through in-gallery activities that support connections across curricula.

  2. Reflect: If we take the time to look responsibly, art can reflect who we are and what we believe. This tour encourages respect for unique points of view using guidelines for healthy dialogue and includes an optional creative writing or sketching activity.

Practical Information:

  1. Field Trips are generally scheduled on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
  2. Tours are sixty minutes in length and held during museum opening hours, preferably beginning at either 10 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.
  3. The museum can accommodate two classes at a time, with up to twenty-five students per AAM Educator–led group.
  4. Schools with more than two classes will need to schedule visits accordingly.
  5. A free lunch is provided for every Field Trip participant.
  6. All transportation costs will be reimbursed by the museum upon completion of the reimbursement form.

Benefits for Teachers:

  1. Participating teachers (and school art teachers) receive Individual Membership level access to the Aspen Art Museum as a gesture of gratitude for their participation.
  2. Teachers have access to additional educational resources and professional development opportunities through their contact with the AAM.
  3. The museum is always looking for the best ways to engage with neighboring communities. If you have ideas, please contact us.

Self-Guided Tours
Groups that wish to plan their own self-guided tours are kindly requested to make reservations to notify the museum of your visit. There are free teaching tools to download through the Online Resources page.

To Register
To schedule a guided tour or reserve a self-guided visit, please contact the Education Department at 970.925.8050 ext. 133 or email

AAM education programs are made possible by the Questrom Education Fund.
Complimentary student lunches are made possible by Andi and Jim Gordon.