The Telfair offers many resources for teachers, students, and parents, including resource guides, lesson plans, and downloadable activity sheets.

Telfair’s education staff can provide half day or full day professional development sessions for educators including Visual Thinking workshops, studio activities, and gallery based writing activities. For more information on resource offerings, please call 912-790-8800.


Rodin: The Human Experience – Educator Guide

At the peak of his career, Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917) was regarded as the greatest sculptor since Michelangelo. Leaving behind 19th-century academic traditions, Rodin focused on conveying the vitality of the human spirit through bronze sculpture. His vigorous modeling emphasized his personal response to each subject, and he captured movement and emotion by altering traditional poses and gestures. In doing so, he created his own form of artistic expression. Today, Rodin’s pioneering sculpture is seen as a crucial link between traditional and modern art.


Art & Life: Five Connections
Art & Life: 5 Connections

Teacher resource guide for Telfair Museums’ education initiative, with lessons linking the collection to Math, Science, Language Arts, History and Geography. This guide funded by a Museums for America Grant from the Institute of Library and Museum Services.

Click here to download the Art and Life Elementary PDF
Click here to download the Art and Life Middle & High School PDF



Monet and American Impressionism Educator Guide
Monet and American Impressionism Educator Guide

Telfair Museums brings paintings by Claude Monet (1840-1926) to Savannah for the first time, pairing them alongside some of the best works by leading American Impressionist artists from the early 20th century in Monet and American Impressionism. Monet is known as the father of the French Impressionists but his artistic influence also inspired many American Impressionists. Themes of urbanism and everyday life in America during a time when industrialization was rising are explored, as well as America’s fascination with French art and culture, through tourism and the allure of Giverny, where Monet spent his later decades.


Deep River Educator Guide
Deep River Educator Guide

Whitfield Lovell is an artist known for incisive and thought-provoking artwork that deals with African American histories, both personal and on a larger scale. Deep River was a project inspired by the artist’s research on Camp Contraband, a safe haven for fleeing slaves. The multi-sensory installation brings up ideas of slavery, freedom, and passage, incorporating both artifacts and anonymous drawn portraits of African Americans during the Civil War.


Romantic Spirits Educator Guide

Romantic Spirits captures the ideals of the romantic movement through the lens of Southern artists. Tracing its origins to literature, art and music in early 19th century France and Britain, the movement eventually made its way to America. In it, artists emphasized the tenets of imagination and emotion, as a reaction to the rationalism of the Enlightenment. The results are sweeping landscapes and dramatic imagery—often exemplified in the paintings of the Hudson River school.


Slavery and Freedom in Savannah Educator Guide
Slavery and Freedom in Savannah Educator Guide

Since its founding in 1883, the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences has been a mainstay of cultural life in Savannah. For generations, students and teachers have benefitted from the museum’s mission to collect, preserve and interpret materials relevant to the history of our city, state and nation. Today, Telfair Museums strives to create opportunities for the community to experience the history of urban slavery through the prism of Savannah.


Helen Levitt Educator Guide
Helen Levitt: In the Street Educator Guide

Levitt’s photographs, first in black and white and later in color, document neighborhood matriarchs planted on their front stoops, pedestrians negotiating New York’s busy sidewalks, and, perhaps most famously, boisterous children at play. Her revealing work observes people of every age, race, and class, without attempting to impose social commentary.


henri educator guide
Spanish Sojourns Educator Guide

In Spanish Sojourns, Telfair Museums has brought together a wide range of Robert Henri’s paintings from his many trips to Spain. His particular interest in the Spanish people is evident in his paintings from the country—nearly all of them portraits. Henri tended to paint certain segments of the population, of them the most predominant were dancers (or bailarinas), bullfighters and people whom he called ‘gypsies’. The artist captured each of his subjects with dignity and humanity, whether paisanos (peasants) or members of high society.

Lesson Plans
Worth 1,000 Words: Stories from Pictures
Conquest in Context: America and Spain in Henri’s Day


Allure of the Near East Educator Guide

Showcasing a selection of everyday treasures from the Huntington Museum of Art’s Touma Collection, Allure of the Near East features over 70 objects from a broad geographical area including the Middle East, Turkey, Indian sub-continent, North Africa, and Europe, and range in date from the 1st through the early 20th centuries.

Lesson Plans
Artful Artifacts: Objects that Tell Stories
Going Geometric: Math in Pattern and Design


New York Accents Educator Guide

This exhibition explores the rich influence of New York on Telfair Museums’ permanent collection. New York Accents will include dozens of decorative and fine art objects from Telfair Museums’ permanent collection dating from the early 19th century to the present.


The Art of Seating Educators Guide

In the Art of Seating, we have a clear example of how objects themselves can tell stories. Chairs, perhaps better than any one object, can truly capture the essence of design. A cultural universal, like shelter or clothing, seating embodies the culture or style from which it came. In this collection of over 40 examples of chairs we have a prime opportunity to compare and contrast the varying forces that produced them, whether cultural, geographic or artistic.

Lesson Plans
Seating Cultural/Universal Lesson Plan
Seating Line/Shape Lesson Plan


Leo Villareal
Leo Villareal Educators Guide

Leo Villareal is a pioneer in the use of LEDs and computer-driven imagery, and is known both for his light sculptures and architectural, site-specific works. This exhibition, his first major traveling museum survey, seeks to place Villareal’s body of work within the continuum of contemporary art.


Goicolea Educators Guide | Goicolea Images for Educators

Over the past decade, Goicolea has created a significant and highly successful body of work, and he has proven his skill in easily crossing from one medium to the next. This comprehensive exhibition drew upon North Carolina collections with substantial works by Goicolea; loans from museums, galleries, and private collectors; and three works by Goicolea in the North Carolina Museum of Art’s permanent collection.


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Modern Masters Educators Guide

This exhibition of highlights from the outstanding collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum will examine the complex and heterogeneous nature of American art in the mid-twentieth century. Featuring thirty-one of the most celebrated artists who came to maturity in the 1950s, the exhibition traces the history of this period through forty-three key paintings and sculptures.


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Dutch Utopia Educators GuideDutch Utopia Images for Educators

Encompassing over seventy works drawn from public and private collections throughout the United States and Europe, Dutch Utopia: American Artists in Holland, 1880-1914 examines the work of forty-three American painters drawn to Holland during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.


Family Architecture Guide


Teacher Resource Library

Telfair Museums offers a lending library of video and DVD titles on art and artists, posters, and more, available to teachers in Savannah, Chatham County, and neighboring counties.


Professional Development for Educators

Telfair Museums’ education staff can provide half day or full day professional development sessions for educators including Visual Thinking Workshops, studio activities, and gallery-based writing activities.