Teaching at the Smart
Tours and Classroom visits
As an academic museum, the Smart Museum continually engages with and contributes to the intellectual life of the University of Chicago. Faculty from all departments and divisions are welcome to use the Museum as a resource by setting up a visit to our galleries or arranging a class in our study room to see works not on view.
Each visit to the Smart is tailored to support the individual themes and goals of a given course. There are many approaches to teaching with art, including:
- Analyze the objects as texts or cultural documents of specific socio-political, cultural, and economic contexts. Encourage students to consider Museum collections and archives as primary sources for their research.
- Use objects to illustrate and/or complicate theories and texts associated with the course. Visually contextualize specific themes and material.
- Develop skills in slow looking and immersive attention. Strengthen visual literacy so that students are equipped to describe and analyze an art object.
Our staff of trained art historians are eager to offer support—collaborating with you to provide research on objects, develop discussion prompts, design class activities, and/or help with outside writing assignments.