K-12 Head


Incorporate art into your classroom. Use these resources to prepare your students in advance of a field trip or to integrate cross-curriculum teaching opportunities. For more information about any of our educator resources, contact Brandi Breslin at bbreslin@harn.ufl.edu or 352.392.9826 x2113.


Educator Workshops

Educator Workshops are free, but registration is limited. Alachua County Public Schools teachers can sign up on ACIIS using the workshop course numbers listed for each workshop.  Non-ACPC teachers can register by emailing Brandi Breslin at bbreslin@harn.ufl.edu.

Confucius Institute 2017 Summer Teacher Workshop
"Miniature Lessons: Chinese Art for
Social Studies, Language & Visual Arts Classrooms"
Tuesday, June 20, 9 am – 5 pm
Wednesday, June 21, 9 am – 12 pm

The 2017 Summer Teacher Institute is a two-day, in-service workshop designed for K-12 educators with an interest in discovering resources and learning opportunities available through the Harn Museum of Art.  
Workshop includes:
•    Hands-on, Chinese calligraphy instruction by guest artist, Nan Liu
•    Lecture by Harn Museum curator of Asian art
•    Interactive gallery programs with Harn Museum educators
•    Teacher-led presentations on lesson planning and extending your classroom to the museum
Workshop participants will receive:
•    Twelve in-service hours for ACPS educators (letter of support for other counties)
•    Parking pass for museum lot
•    Day 1 lunch and snacks
•    Stimulating ideas, enjoyable time with professional colleagues, guest artist/teacher demonstrations and studio time
Cost: Free
There is no cost for workshop participants, thanks to the generous support of the University of South Florida Confucius Institute and the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida.
To Apply:
Fill out and submit the online application by June 5, 2017. Space is limited. You will be notified if accepted. For additional information, contact Brandi Breslin at the Harn Museum of Art, bbreslin@harn.ufl.edu or 352.392.9826 x2113.


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 Brandi Breslin (bbreslin@harn.ufl.edu) 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 bbreslin@harn.ufl.edu