K-12 Head


Educator Workshops

Educator Open House
(Offered in collaboration with the Florida Museum of Natural History)

Wednesday, September 18, 3:30 - 5 pm
All pre-K through 12th grade educators are invited to the Harn Museum of Art and Florida Museum of Natural History to learn about educational resources and learning experiences available to teachers and students throughout North Central Florida. Partnering organizations will provide information about field trips, tours, workshops, classroom activities and more. ACPS teachers can earn three in-service points by registering at alachua.truenorthlogic.com with Course #21069, Section 28716 or at either museum on the day of the event. No registration required. Free parking after 3:30 pm.


Educator Workshop: Living in Diverse Worlds & Global Perspectives
Thursday, October 10, 4 – 6 pm

This workshop is designed for secondary Social Studies, Language and Visual Arts teachers to engage in discussions related to global culture and living in diverse worlds. Dulce Román, Chief Curator and Curator of Modern Art, will provide an in-depth look at Global Perspectives, then museum educators will 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 28717 in ACIIS. Non-ACPS teachers can register via email to register@harn.ufl.edu.


Educator Workshop for K-12 Art Teachers
Wednesday, October 16, 2 - 4:30 pm

This workshop will explore what it means to live in diverse worlds using art as a means of expression and community building.  Join museum curators and educators for an in-depth look at Global Perspectives and the SA+AH 53rd Studio Faculty Art Exhibition.  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 28715 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.


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 Jennifer Infinger, School and Family Programs Manager at jinfinger@harn.ufl.edu or 352.294.7060 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 jinfinger@harn.ufl.edu.