Saint Louis Art Museum: Education


Programs for grades 1–5

Inspired by Nature—Grades 1–3
Explore the dynamic connections between art and nature on a journey through the galleries, and discover why nature continues to be an enduring source of inspiration for various artists and cultures.

Arts in the Basic Curriculum (ABC) Program—Grades 4–5
Investigate the Museum's collection through this exciting multi-visit program that engages students in close observation, critical thinking, and creative ways to respond to works of art across cultures and time periods. Each ABC student receives their own sketchbook to record their responses through a range of writing and drawing activities.

Registration for the 2014-2015 ABC Program is closed. Applications for 2015-2016 will be available in April of 2015.

5th Grade Explorers
Fifth grade classes in the St. Louis Public School District are invited to participate in a special single-visit, 90 minute gallery experience utilizing the collection areas and galleries of their choosing. Students will receive a sketchbook and pencil to partake in writing and drawing activities during this visit, initiating interdisciplinary explorations of various regions, time periods, and media. Registration is ongoing; email for more information.

Programs for grades 6–12

A World of Difference:Concepts of Beauty and Bias—Grades 6–12
Help your students understand their biases. Through a partnership with the Anti-Defamation League’s A World of Difference Institute, this program invites students to consider how perceptions of beauty and identity vary across time and cultures and empowers students with tools to identify, understand, and counteract negative bias in real world situations.

For more information on the A World of Difference: Concepts of Beauty and Bias program please email

Exploring with the Artist—Grades 9–12
Introduce your students to a real world experience. Each year, a nationally renowned contemporary artist is selected to spend a day with students thinking about and creating art. This program is an extraordinary opportunity for students to think critically about both theory and practice in contemporary art.

High School Art Project
High School Art Project is an exciting annual program in which small teams of promising high school art students from schools all over the region immerse themselves in the galleries of the Saint Louis Art Museum. Here they closely examine focused areas in the collection and work directly with a local artist or educator on a collaborative, hands-on art project. They have the opportunity to learn through discussion of celebrated works in the Museum and through practical application of the creative process.

Registration for this program has closed. Please check back for future opportunities.

High School Arts Week
Bring the arts to life through workshops centering on arts integration in the Museum led by local poets, thespians, and musicians. Each day will offer a different arts-related program, and classes may request to attend one or more workshops during the week. All programs connect with Common Core State Standards and are available to students of varied skill levels in Visual Art, Drama, Writing, and Music. High School Arts Week for 2014 has been completed. Check back in the fall of 2015 for more opportunities.