The Japanese artist Takashi Murakami combines highly refined classical Japanese painting techniques with distinctive Pop sensibilities. Known for his “Superflat” style, directly influenced by manga and anime, the artist creates works that explode with color and playfulness. For the 2015–16 ski season, in collaboration with Aspen Skiing Company, Murakami has produced four unique images, all of which embody his trademark visual aesthetic.
This monthlong program for kids at the K–4 grade level is held weekly at the Aspen Art Museum. Taking place on December 3, 10, 17 from 2:30–4 p.m., these workshops recognize the value of exposing children to the arts at an early age and uses the artist’s process as an educational tool.
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
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.
School Visits Museum
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:
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.
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.
Benefits for Teachers:
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 schedule a guided tour or reserve a self-guided visit, please contact the Education Department at 970.925.8050 ext. 133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday–Sunday, 10 AM–6 PM
General operating support is provided by Colorado Creative Industries. CCI and its activities are made possible through an annual appropriation from the Colorado General Assembly and federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.