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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:

Sonya Clark: Finding Freedom Educator Guide

Sonya Clark: Finding Freedom consists of a large-scale canopy quilted together from cyanotype reactive fabric squares that were made with the help of workshop participants over the course of Clark’s various residencies. Draped as a night sky overhead, the work offers a celestial viewpoint that encourages us to consider freedom seeking enslaved individuals whose forced labor built the wealth of this nation. Often under cover of night with bounty hunters at their heels, they used the constellations like the Big Dipper to orient their way North along the Underground Railroad—a network of people, safe houses, and clandestine routes used by enslaved people in the early to mid-19th century to escape from states, such as Georgia, that sanctioned slavery, into Northern states and Canada. This consideration of history can be expanded to the present day as visitors question what finding freedom truly means in a world that continues to grapple with the traumas of the past as they persist in our present.

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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.

Virtual Learning Journey: Slavery & Freedom

On Demand – available online anytime! Grade 8


Produced by Georgia Public Broadcasting and Telfair Museums, this interactive tour explores the complexities of slavery and freedom in antebellum Savannah through the lens of the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters. This resource may be explored in the classroom or by assignment, offering 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.

Take the tour here: Explore the Owens-Thomas House Virtual Field Trip


Family Architecture Guide to the Owens-Thomas House

Summon the Sea! Contemporary Artists and Moby Dick Educator Guide

Cover of "Summon the Sea" Educator GuideRegarded 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
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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

Cover of "Rodin" Educator GuideAt 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

Cover of "Art & Life: 5 Connections" Educator GuideTeacher 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

Cover of "Monet and American Impressionism" Educator GuideTelfair 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

Cover of "Whitfield Lovell: Deep River" Educator GuideWhitfield 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

Cover of "Romantic Spirits" Educator GuideRomantic 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

Cover of "Slavery and Freedom in Savannah" Educator GuideSince 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

Cover of "Helen Levitt: In the Street" Educator GuideLevitt’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

Cover of "Spanish Sojourns" Educator GuideIn 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.

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Allure of the Near East Educator Guide

Cover of "Allure of the Near East" Educator GuideShowcasing 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.

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New York Accents Educator Guide

Cover of "New York Accents" Educator GuideThis 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

Cover of "The Art of Seating" Educator GuideIn 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.

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Leo Villareal Educator Guide

Cover of "Leo Villareal" Educator GuideLeo 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.

Cover of "Goicolea" Educator GuideGoicolea Educator Guide

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

Cover of "Modern Masters" Educator GuideThis 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

Cover of "Dutch Utopia" Educator's GuideEncompassing 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.

Frank Stewart (American, B. 1949) Circle in the Square, Savannah, 2007 Chromogenic Print 30 x 40 inches Museum purchase with funds provided by the Ronald J. Strahan Art Acquisition Endowment Fund, 2018.12 © Frank Stewart

Youthful Adventures: Growing Up In Photography

On demand – available anytime! Grades 4-12

Take a tour of work by twentieth century photographers who have documented the experience of youth from early childhood to young adulthood, through key events of the 20th century from the Great Depression era to the Civil rights movement.

  •  Take the tour: Please contact Carey Daughtry at daughtryc@telfair.org to request access code.
  •  Online Educator Guide: Connects to Georgia curriculum standards in areas including visual arts, social studies, science, and language arts. Download is available HERE.


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