K-12 Head

Educator Workshops

The World to Come: Social Studies, Language, Visual Arts
Thursday, October 11, 4 – 6 pm 

This workshop is designed for secondary Social Studies, Language and Visual Arts teachers to engage in discussions about how artists are responding to an era of radical and irrevocable ecological change by re-visioning the relationship of humans to the natural world. Museum educators will provide an in-depth look at The World to Come: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene, then lead gallery discussions and review resources and lesson plans designed for the classroom. Free with limited seating. ACPS teachers will earn 3 in-service points for participation - register for course #22255, section #27200 in ACIIS.  Non-ACPS teachers can register via email to register@harn.ufl.edu

For K-12 Art Teachers
Wednesday, October 17, 2 - 4:30 pm

This workshop will investigate art as a catalyst for change. Join museum curators and educators for an in-depth look at The World to Come: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene and a preview of Divergent Convergence. Strategies for class discussions and formal analysis will accompany gallery and classroom lesson plans. Free with limited seating. ACPS teachers will earn 3 in-service points for participation - register for course #20989, section #27201 in ACIIS.  Non-ACPS teachers can register via email to register@harn.ufl.edu


Online Resources

Downloadable images, information and lesson guides for K-12 teachers are available for a number of objects in the Harn’s collection. These are located on the right of this page. Language Arts, Social Studies, Science and Visual Arts connections are made through a variety of art and themes, including Florida History, American History, World Cultures, Environmental Activism and more.

Online resources include:

  • Engaging with Aftermath – Explore the Harn’s original exhibition Aftermath: The Fallout of War and introduce students to global current events through images, poetry, fiction, non-fiction and art lessons.
  • Symbolism & Ceremony in African Masquerades – Investigate a variety of masquerade traditions and gain an understanding of the vital connection between visual art and cultural expression.
  • Art & Science of Nature Journals – Build observation skills and find connections between art and science instruction through nature journals and scientific illustration.
  • Writing through the Museum – Discover easy ways to extend your classroom to a museum visit, and find ready-to-print prompts for art-inspired writing.
  • Monet and American Impressionism – bring beautiful Impressionist images into the classroom and investigate the connections among scientific discovery, technological advances and artistic developments.
  • Chinese Jades of the Qing Dynasty – explore symbolism in art, language and literature as you explore the miniature worlds depicted in Chinese jade carvings.
  • Johan Theodor deBry from “A Brief Narration of Europeans in Florida” – complement studies of European exploration of the New World with these historic images, and inspire students to practice illustrating stories.
  • Frank Hamilton Taylor, A Trip on the Ocklawaha – discover the 19th century rising popularity of Florida’s natural areas, and introduce the connections between scientific observation and drawing.
  • Dancing Ganesh – enjoy a closer look at this popular figure in Indian culture.


Planning a School Visit

Find detailed information about planning a field trip to the Harn on our Tours page or download our Field Trip Guide.


Educator Resource Program

The Bishop Study Center has a number of resources available for educators to check-out, including textbooks, children’s picture books, education and visual arts theory books, classroom manipulatives, videos and games. For more information about this program, visit our Bishop Study Center page. This borrowing program also offers classic Harn resource notebooks that investigate a number of works through a common theme, including:

  • Stories in Art
  • Exploring African Arts
  • ExploreASIA
  • Reading the World of Arts
  • Integrated Learning through the Visual Arts
  • Visual Language of Our Time
  • Exploring Photography
  • Everyday Art
  • Shaping the Past and Present
  • Threads Connect Cultures
  • Coming Together – Asian Festivals and Celebrations
  • Ancient American Art and Mythology


Outreach Visits

Teachers interested in using Harn resources in the classroom may enhance the experience by scheduling an interactive class presentation by a museum educator. Contact Paige Willis at pwillis@harn.ufl.edu or 352.294.7062 to discuss this opportunity and begin the scheduling process.


Exhibition Checklists

Illustrated lists of works on view are available for each of our exhibitions. Visit our exhibition pages to download specific checklists. These may assist teachers in planning and customizing field trips. Additional lists of works on view, grouped by theme or subject are available upon request. Contact pwillis@harn.ufl.edu.