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Educator resources

We want to be a resource for you as an educator and encourage onsite and off site learning about the arts. Our education team is always working to develop, implement and research new and adventurous approaches to teaching and learning. Below are some of those opportunities. If you have questions for us that are not answered here, please reach out to our education department at

With the Arts We Thrive
In an effort to maximize learning opportunities and incite a lifelong love and appreciation for the arts with area youth, the Fine Arts Center is proud to offer the Passport to the Arts program to fourth grade students and their families.

Digital Resources for K–12 Teachers & Parents

From the Museum

These engaging exercises are designed for K–12 teachers and parents with students at home. Students may work independently, in pairs, or alongside a teacher or parent.

The arts are a valuable tool for building crucial critical thinking skills that may be applied to any subject. All curriculum design is guided by current Colorado state and common core standards.*

If you use any of these resources and would like to provide feedback on your experience, please contact

Don Quixote and Sancho

Observe, Interpret, Analyze
Spend time with an artwork of your choice, discovering how much you can find and understand the longer you look.

Observe, Interpret, Analyze exercise

Find Your Feelings
Search the eMuseum for artworks that relate to you!

Find Your Feelings exercise


Explore a Virtual Utopia
Take a virtual tour of Becky Wareing Steele’s Utopia: A New Society for All

Virtual Utopia exercise

Poetry in Art:  “I Am” Poems
Consider the perspective of a character from a work of art in the FAC eMuseum. Worksheets available in Spanish.

Poetry in Art exercise

See, Think, Wonder
This exercise provides a framework for observing, describing, reasoning, questioning, and investigating. Worksheets available in Spanish.

Wonder exercise

Shifting Perspectives
Help your students consider new perspectives using evidence.

Shifting Perspectives exercise

*Depending upon the exercise, common core standards include: 

Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas. (Observing and Describing)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy and CCRA.R.7
Read closely to determine what a text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text. Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words. (Reasoning)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.6 and W.3 Point of View and Purpose
Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text. Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences. (Exploring Viewpoints)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy-Key Ideas and Details
Ask and answer questions of a text, referring to details and examples, explaining explicitly and drawing inferences. (Questioning and Investigating)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy-Integration of ideas
Make connections between text of a story and visual presentation of the text; Analyze how visual elements contribute to the mood, meaning, tone, or beauty of the text. (Comparing and Connecting)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy-Key Ideas and Details
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text. (Finding Complexity – Parts and Purposes)

Antiracism Resources

Free Play

Open Source Scripts Toward an Antiracist Tomorrow
Five short plays for multi-generational audiences ages 6+ to spark conversation about race in America.

Download and interact with plays

Educator Articles

Teaching Critical Thinking through Art with the National Gallery of Art

This five-part, self-paced online course will help you create a culture of critical thinking and collaboration for any subject, or level. No art background needed to successfully integrate the “Artful Thinking” course materials into your teaching.

Learn more about Artful Thinking

Why Field Trips And Arts Education Aren’t Just Frills

Evidence that arts field trips can have significant benefits, especially for disadvantaged students.

Field Trip benefits

10 Lessons the Arts Teach Poster

Use this in your classroom or send it in a newsletter!

Download poster

How School Leaders Can Inspire Daily Creativity

Innovative ideas, methods and practices can shape and inspire the world in which we live.

Inspire daily creativity

What School Leaders Can Do to Increase Arts Education

Find three concrete actions school leaders can take to increase the arts in education, each supported by low- or no-cost strategies.

Increase arts education

Native Knowledge 360°

Native Knowledge 360° (NK360°) provides educational materials and teacher training that incorporate Native narratives, more comprehensive histories, and accurate information to inform teaching and learning.

Education initiative

Inside a New Effort to Change What Schools Teach About Native American History

A curriculum from the American Indian Museum brings greater depth and understanding to the long-misinterpreted history of indigenous culture.

Smithsonian Magazine article

Expanding Creative Horizons

Professional Development

As part of the Kennedy Center Partners in Education, the FAC partners with school district 11, UCCS Presents and school district 20 to provide classes in Arts Integration.  Also, the Fine Arts Center’s Bemis Art School offers certificates of completion for art classes. Often these hours qualify for professional development hours that must be maintained as a teacher.

Educator workshops

Art class catalog

Student Matinée Programs

The award-winning and critically-acclaimed Fine Arts Center Theatre Company produces an annual season of musicals, comedies and dramas. Bring classes and groups to our student matinées for an enriching experience to last a lifetime. The variety of theatre experiences will leave your students wanting more!

Student matinée details

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Image above: Doug Hyde, Hopi Basket Dancers, 1985 (detail)