Art, Books, and Creativity (ABC) Curriculum
Art, Books, and Creativity (ABC) is the museum’s signature arts integration curriculum. This model curriculum unites visual arts and language arts through the creation of artists’ books, with a specific focus on the cultural contributions of women artists. ABC promotes visual literacy and critical thinking by developing students’ skills in observation, reflection, and arts creation.
Exhibition and Collection Educator Guides
Our educator guides below are rich resources created to complement the museum’s special exhibitions and collection.
Adaptable for Pre-K–12 classrooms, these guides include biographical information about artists and artworks, digital images, discussion questions, suggested classroom activities, and related standards of learning.
Arts and Humanities for Every Student
Educators at NMWA collaborate with the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative (DC Collaborative) to offer Arts and Humanities for Every Student (AHFES) learning opportunities for 3rd through 5th grade students attending Washington, D.C., public and public charter schools.
Since 2015, AHFES experiences at NMWA have introduced more than 2,500 Washington, D.C. students to NMWA’s mission and artwork through Harvard Project Zero Thinking Routines.
NMWA’s asynchronous and synchronous AHFES offerings encourage students to look closely at developmentally appropriate artworks, contribute respectfully to open-ended discussions, pose questions, share their opinions, make connections between visual art and their world, and create original works of art.
Asynchronous resources support teachers who wish to facilitate a museum-inspired experience on their own. They include virtual art galleries filled with a range of artworks relevant to each theme; close looking activities modeled after DCPS’s “Close Study: Close Viewing” guides; and art making lessons and videos that encourage the exploration of techniques and satisfy final product assignments of each curriculum unit.
These asynchronous resources also act as pre- and post-lessons for teachers who schedule a synchronous session with NMWA’s educators.
During synchronous sessions with the museum, students will practice “See, Think, Wonder,” along with other Harvard Project Zero Thinking Routines.
Currently NMWA offers three thematic AHFES experiences—Art & Advocacy, Make a Wish, and Powerful Beyond Measure—which are inspired by in units in DC Public School’s (DCPS) Framework for Art Learning.
Check out the asynchronous resources here. To schedule a virtual synchronous session, visit the DC Collaborative’s AHFES program catalogue.