SBMA At School

Welcome teachers, parents, and students! Use this page to discover art activities, writing prompts, and lesson plans on works of art in the Museum’s permanent collection. All material has been developed by SBMA’s Education Department and is organized by grade level and subject matter. See something you love? Share your thoughts at!

Educational Videos: Grades K – 12

Video Lessons for Educators
Playlist on YouTube
Art at Home Projects
Playlist on YouTube
Mindful Looking Meditations
Playlist on YouTube

YOUR Sketchbook: Grades 2 – 6

Download the SBMA Sketchbook! Filled with creative writing ideas, drawing prompts, and inspirational artist quotes, this sketchbook invites students to express their imaginations through drawing, writing, thinking, and moving! Available to download in English/Spanish.

English Version
Download here
En Español
descarga aquí

Story Starters: Grades K – 5

These creative activities invite students to “put themselves in the picture” and then write and illustrate their own stories using artworks as inspiration.

Berthe Morisot
William Merritt Chase
Gustave Caillebotte
Thomas Eakins
George Luks
Gifford Beal
John Sloan
Maurice Prendergast

Looking to Write: Grades 6 – 12

These creative writing prompts introduce students to important writers and artists. Through close examination of a work of art, students are invited to write their own poems, stories, essays, or letters.

Being At Sea
Blue Haiku
Writing Poems Inspired by Du Fu
Writing Empty Rooms
Letter Writing

Discover Art Lessons and More! Grades K – 12

For even more SBMA lesson plans, please visit our comprehensive lesson plan archive here. Organized by subject matter, discover plans related to the ancient world, math and science, and even creative movement exercises! All lesson plans relate back to special exhibitions or works of art in SBMA’s permanent collection.

And for quick and easy-to-do art activities created with everyday materials found at home, be sure to explore our Art Sparks! Inspired by artworks in SBMA’s permanent collection, Art Sparks encourage breaks away from the screen to draw, wonder, collage, and create.

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