Art-To-Go is the BMA’s monthly gift to teachers during the school year. It’s a great teaching resource and it’s free. Every month from October to May, you’ll receive an e-mail with a link to a printable full-color image of a BMA artwork. The image is accompanied by a brief, lively commentary that focuses on a single important teachable idea. An archive of Art-To-Go selections is always available.
Current ART-TO-GO: January 2016, Burning Issues
On the great plains of the American Midwest, wheat fields stretch out as far as the eye can see. Come harvest time, the wheat is cut down, leaving orderly rows of stiff, useless stalks, or “stubble.” On a clear day in 1992, a wall of orange flames lit up the horizon where land meets sky. The fire advanced across the flat fields, consuming everything in its path while making the blue sky dirty with smoke. Photographer Larry Schwarm was out on the prairie that day, recording the sight with his camera.
Sponsored in memory of dedicated BMA docent Ruth H. Singer by her family.
The Baltimore Museum of Art Teacher's Guide to the American Collection (PDF)
Explore the BMA's world class collection of American art with rich contextual and biographical information, classroom activities, related standards and curriculum, and gorgeous full-color reproductions of featured artworks.
Lesson 1: Young America
Lesson 2: Symbols of the New Republic
Lesson 3: Made in Maryland
Lesson 4: Western Perspectives
Lesson 5: Unity in Diversity
Lesson 6: The Art of Technology
Lesson 7: Picturing Memory
Lesson 8: Shaping New Traditions
All Classroom Activities
Design an Animal Stool
This activity sheet is inspired by a wooden seat made by the Lozi peoples of Zambia.
Matisse for Kids Interactive
In this child-friendly website, Matisse’s perky schnauzer Raoudi jumps out of the canvas and onto the screen for a delightful exploration of his master’s bold, bright paintings.
Onstage with Toulouse-Lautrec
This sample selection from the Toulouse-Lautrec Teacher Packet summarizes Toulouse-Lautrec’s poster style, introduces cabaret singer Aristide Bruant as a performer, and analyzes the poster Ambassadeurs: Aristide Bruant.
The Cone Collection
This Flash movie introduces the BMA’s Cone Collection, Baltimore’s legendary Cone Sisters, and the artwork of Henri Matisse.
The Essence of Line:
French Drawings from Ingres to Degas
Searchable by artist, title, provenance, subject, and date, this online database holds more than nine hundred 19th-century French drawings from the collections of the BMA and the Walters Art Museum.
Film and audio excerpts with captivating art works in full detail explore a variety of mediums, movements, and artists.
Produced by Samuel H. Kress Foundation Interpretive Fellow Nora Krinitsky and Johns Hopkins University students in the Museums and Society program, Jennifer Tam and Nicholas Simko.
- Dorothea Berck, Wife of Joseph Coymans, Frans Hals
- Emilia Pia di Montefeltre, Raphael
- Entry into the Ark, Jacopo Bassano
- In Praise of the Prince of Fenyang, a Chinese wall hanging
- Kitchen Interior in a Ruined Palace, Hubert Robert
- Melencholia I, Albrecht Dürer
- Princess Anna Alexandrovna Galitzin, Elisabeth Louise Vigée-Lebrun
- Rinaldo and Armida, Anthony van Dyck
- The Game of Knucklebones, Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin
- Venus and Adonis, Cornelis Corneliszoon van Haarlem
- View of
Rhenen, Jan van Goyen
BMA Behind the Scenes takes you behind closed doors to see Museum staffers prepare for exhibitions and care for treasured artworks. Learn about the careful planning that goes into lighting the galleries, controlling temperature and humidity, framing artworks, and creating packing crates for safe travel. In each case, the everyday tasks involved in museum work will be related to concepts such as teamwork, accuracy, problem solving, and other skills that you teach in your classroom.
Winter 2013: New Light for the Galleries (PDF)
Summer 2012: The Keeper of the Hygrothermographs (PDF)
Spring 2012: Cleaning a Mosaic, Inch by Inch (PDF)
Winter 2011-12: Preparing Prints for Exhibition (PDF)
Fall 2011: Reinstalling George IV (PDF)