Telfair Museums offers many resources for teachers, students, and parents including resource guides, lesson plans, and downloadable activity sheets.
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, hands-on STEAM projects, and gallery-based writing activities. For more information on resource offerings, please call 912.790.8827.
Curriculum Guides for Educators:
Picasso to Hockney Educator Guide
Picasso to Hockney: Modern Art on Stage presents a rare opportunity to experience nearly 100 years of original performance designs by renowned visual artists who took their creativity to the stage. This exhibition pulls back the curtain on a lesser known but equally inspiring aspect of their creative expressions—their collaborations as designers of sets, costumes, lighting, scenery, and in some cases, complete performances. Artworks come from the Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas, and showcase exquisite designs for performances by modern and contemporary artists including Pablo Picasso, Natalia Gontcharova, Henri Matisse, Alexandra Exter, Joan Miró, Louise Nevelson, and David Hockney, among others.
Known mainly as painters and sculptors, the artists represented in this exhibition dispel notions of isolated studio practice. Their artworks celebrate collaborations with the exciting directors, dancers, writers, composers, choreographers, and musicians of their day, including Serge Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, Igor Stravinsky, the Moscow Actors’ Theatre, George Balanchine, Gertrude Stein, Santa Fe Opera, and Houston Grand Opera. Together they stand as visionaries of theater arts—creating milestones of modern performance, influencing generations of theater designers, and even changing the course of their own art.
Youthful Adventures Educator Guide
Youthful Adventures: Growing Up in Photography seeks to celebrate and complicate views of childhood as a universal stage in life, but one that varies broadly in experience. The images show a range in age from the emotional minefield and playful discovery of early childhood to the often probing and sometimes awkward search for identity of young adulthood. The exhibition speaks to the diversity of experiences of growing up as children seek to formulate their identities in the multiplicity of societal influences. That breadth of experience is also layered with the advent of time, as images from the 1940s are paired with photographs of the contemporary moment. The passage of time reveals how prevalent photography is in the life of a modern child, whose self-awareness is often born out of and nurtured by images of oneself. This exhibition is grounded in photographs from the permanent collection of Telfair Museums and speaks to the growing collection.
Eighth Grade Curriculum Tour Educator Guide
Visiting the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters will focus on the complexities of urban slavery, the relationships that existed between the people who were enslaved on the property and those who enslaved them, and the lasting legacies of slavery in the struggle for equality. Below is the Teacher resource guide for Telfair Museums’ Eighth Grade Curriculum Tour to better serve students in the history of our nation.
Owens-Thomas House Virtual Field Trip
Learn about the complexities of slavery and freedom in antebellum Savannah through the lens of the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters. This interactive tour offers insight into the connections between the institution of slavery and the global economy with elements like primary source letters and images, navigable maps, videos, and virtual walking tour.
This resource was developed in partnership with GPB Education.
Summon the Sea! Contemporary Artists and Moby Dick Educator Guide
Regarded as one of the great American novels, Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick (1851) presents an allegorical story that has been reinterpreted over several decades and still holds a prophetic power over our collective imagination. Summon the Sea! Contemporary Artists and Moby Dick examines the work of six contemporary artists who act as epic storytellers as they respond to, challenge, and celebrate the allegories presented in Melville’s literary classic through large-scale sculpture, photography, prints, and video.
Monet to Matisse: Masterworks of French Impressionism
Monet to Matisse: Masterworks of French Impressionism from the Dixon Gallery and Gardens boasts
significant works of art by the most dynamic artists to work in late 19th- and early 20th-century France,
including Claude Monet, Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Gauguin, and Henri Matisse.
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: 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.
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
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
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: 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.
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.
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.
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 Educator 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.
Leo Villareal Educator 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.
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.
Modern Masters Educator 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.
Dutch Utopia Educator Guide
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.