Join us for our upcoming exhibition:
Exposure: Native Art and Political Ecology
January 27 - June 11, 2023

Virtual Exhibition Field Trips (K-12)

Take your students (or yourself) on a virtual Armory field trip and make art with lessons designed by Armory Teaching Artists that meet National Arts Common Core Standards.

These virtual field trips feature artwork from our exhibition Alison Saar: Of Aether and Earthe.  


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Printmaking Figures (Grades 6 to 12 and beyond)
Developed by Armory Teaching Artists: Danielle Stolz, Gabriella Carboni, and Austyn de Lugo

Learn how figures can tell personal and cultural stories by exploring the art of Alison Saar and creating your own printmaking masterpiece. View and discuss Sea of Serenity by Alison Saar, learn how to draw a proportional figure, and create a cardboard printing plate to create unique layers of color and texture over your drawing.

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Story Box (Grades 3 to 5 and beyond)
Developed by Armory Teaching Artist: Adrienne DeVine

Observe the open chest view of Sapphire that reveals a collection of objects and create a story box made from common household materials and art supplies. Pages on the outside of the box can contain pictures for visual stories or text in the form of words or poetry. The box can be filled with found and treasured objects that represent memories, histories, thoughts, and ideas of the maker.

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Below is the first round of virtual field trips is informed by our 2020 exhibition Tanya Aguiñiga: Borderlands Within/La Frontera Adentro, which opened in our Caldwell Gallery in February of 2020, but regrettably closed to the public just weeks later due to the pandemic.


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Weaving a World of My Own (Grades 3 to 5)
Armory Teaching Artist: Danielle Katsumi Stolz

Learn how weavings can represent your personal experiences by exploring the art of Tanya Aguiñiga and creating your own masterpieces. Students will view and discuss a contemporary work of art, complete a series of drawings (including blind contours), then engineer their drawings into a paper weaving.

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Rubbing and Trace Drawings (Grades 3 to 5)
Armory Teaching Artist: Valeria Duque

Create rubbing and trace drawings of their everyday home objects. Students will view and discuss artworks based around the theme of identity, recognize how everyday objects can be transformed into art materials, and describe how their everyday home objects are related to their home identity.

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Rubbing and Zine Making (Grades 5 to 8)
Armory Teaching Artist: William Camargo

Create an eight-page zine, based on your everyday life. Students will view and discuss artworks, brainstorm about things that are in their everyday life, create rubbings from household materials, interpret artwork, and be inspired to make new art.

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These projects were funded in part by grants from: California Arts Council, a state agency. Learn more at; Rowe and Gayle Giesen Trust, a component fund of the Pasadena Community Foundation.
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