Resources for K-12 Educators

For School Visits

Field Trip Experiences

This year 11 local educators paired up with museum curators, docents, and teaching artists to create themed Field Trip Experiences: downloadable pre and post visit activities for your classroom, along with a museum tour and a studio workshop for your visit. These experiences were developed based on their connection to the Museum’s collection, classroom curriculum, and Maine State Learning Results. Book your free Field Trip Experience at the Colby College Museum of Art to make your classroom curriculum come to life!

Field Trip Experience Topics


For Educators

Educator Evenings

K-12 Educators are invited to learn about artworks in the Museum’s collection and how to incorporate them into the classroom. Those attending will receive contact hours for certification. Refreshments will be served.

Third Thursday of every month, 4–6 pm

October 17, 2016: Isolation & Community
November 17, 2016: Every Picture Tells a Story
December 15, 2016:  Civil War & Emancipation
January 19, 2017:  Balance & Motion
February 16, 2017: Geography & the Environment
March 16, 2017: The Maine Experience
April 20, 2017: The Surrealist Revolution
May 18, 2017: Bixler Art & Music Library

Educator Advisory Board

The Educator Advisory Board is a group of local educators chosen to meet monthly to discuss ways to engage Maine’s students and teachers at the Museum. They are charged with collaboratively designing and developing tours, activities, curriculum, programs, and evaluation for school visits and teacher professional development. The annual stipend for teachers on the board is $1000. Applications (a resume, letter of interest, and 2-3 references) will be accepted September 1–30, 2017. Please email mmaiken@colby.edu to apply.

Goals for the EAB are as follows:

  • To have local educators work collaboratively with museum curators, docents, and teaching artists to develop relevant resources and programs for K-12 students and teachers.
  • To develop collegial working relations with other educators who are interested in using art objects in curriculum and instruction.
  • To develop knowledge about and advocacy for the K-12 educational programing and resources available at the Colby College Museum of Art.
  • To develop professional skills and leadership among members of the board.

Lesson Plans

The following classroom lesson plans are for teachers who are planning a trip to the Museum. They examine objects and themes in the museum collection, and can be used in a classroom or Museum setting.