These guides are designed to help you explore different areas of art history using artworks from the Baltimore Museum of Art’s collection and exhibitions. Each guide contains lessons that provide inspiration and helpful strategies to engage you and your students.

Generations: A History of Black Abstract Art

How do we know what we know-or think we know-about art history? This resource examines the Western art history canon and the conditions that have excluded Black American artists.

John Waters: Indecent Exposure

*Recommended for grades 9-12. This guide is designed to introduce educators and high school students to selected artworks in John Waters's first visual arts retrospective in his hometown of Baltimore.

Crossing Borders: Mexican Modernist Prints

Explore the artworks of renowned 20th-century Mexican artists through full-color reproductions of featured artworks, detailed descriptions, rich biographical and historical information.

Cruzando fronteras: grabados modernistas de México

Explore las obras de artistas renombrados mexicanos del siglo XX a través de reproducciones a todo color de obras de arte presentados, descripciones detalladas, información biográfica e histórica rica, y actividades para el aula vinculadas con los estándares nacionales.


Discover the work of American artist Richard Diebenkorn and the deep and lasting influence of Henri Matisse on his artistic production.

Art, Mindfulness, and Peacebuilding

The Art, Mindfulness, and Peacebuilding (AMP) curriculum is based on a program of the same name that was piloted at The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) starting in 2017. AMP brings together art history, studio art, conflict resolution, brain and behavioral science, and contemplative practices to create a new framework for students' social, emotional, and creative development.

Great Mother Headdress (D'mba) scultpure
Artist unidentified. Great Mother Headdress (D'mba). Late 19th‒early 20th century. Baga region, Guinea. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Gift of Alan Wurtzburger, BMA 1957.97

Discover the African Collection

Investigate the form and meaning of diverse African artworks with vibrant color reproductions, in-depth contextual information and images, and engaging classroom activities.

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painting of a little girl in a garden with a flower and butterfly
Joshua Johnson. In the Garden. c. 1805. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Gift of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, New York, BMA 1967.76.1

Discover the American Collection

Explore the BMA’s world class collection of American art with rich contextual and biographic information, classroom activities, related standards and curriculum, and gorgeous full-color reproductions of featured artworks.

Recommended for grades 3-5 or 6-8.

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BMA Membership for Teachers

All teachers qualify for a discount on a BMA Membership. It’s our way of saying thank you for everything you do to share knowledge, creativity, and inspiration with each new generation of leaders.

  • Individual Teacher Membership: $50 (normally $60)
  • Dual/Family Teacher Membership $70 (normally $85)

Members receive free admission to ticketed exhibitions, savings on programs like Yoga and Jazz in the Sculpture Garden, a 10% discount on purchases at the BMA Shop and dining at Gertrude’s, and so much more!

Learn more about BMA Membership levels and benefits and join today!