K12 Educator & Community Learning Resources

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color wheel and other art supplies

Each semester we create learning resources and experiential opportunities related to exhibitions and the collection. Many of these resources are available to the community and K12 educators. 

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Exhibition Resources

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Group exhibition tours may be requested at any time and many of our exhibitions are available online. The following resources are geared toward college faculty and staff but are available to all educators.

learning guides

A quick-reference guide to exhibition themes as well as discussion prompts for educators to incorporate into their teaching.

Recommended Reading Lists

A list of exhibition-related books, articles, and other media available from the GVSU Libraries in a variety of formats including print and digital.


Events, both in-person and virtual, related to exhibitions throughout the year.

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General Resources

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academic topics

Academic Topics

The GVSU art collection consists of works of art from around the world spanning 1,600 years of history. The following mini-collections are curated by academic topic in an effort to expedite searches for interdisciplinary studies.

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Visual Thinking Strategy

Visual Thinking Strategy (VTS) is an inquiry-based teaching method that improves a student's ability to describe, analyze, and interpret imagery and information through observing and discussing visual art. These resources will get you started.

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Visual Literacy

The GVSU Art Gallery department supports visual literacy initiatives on campus. Visit the Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center's visual literacy resources page to learn more. 

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Art Collection Learning Modules

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Fin de Siecle French Prints

Fin de Siecle French Prints

A close look at the key themes present in a selection of prints and objects from the Robert L. Hoskins And Erwin A. Raible Collection of Fin De Siécle French Prints, a Gift of Elaine Rutowski Shay.

Jason Quigno in studio

Jason Quigno's Sculpting Technique

A soap carving activity and discussion about contemporary Indigenous artists in West Michigan. Created for 3rd - 6th grade students. 

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Documenting Violence: Awareness and Healing

Coming soon.

cph poster of james baldwin

Celebrate People's History DIY Poster Workshop

Make your own poster inspired by the Celebrate People's History poster series.  

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Contact Us

For questions or collaboration inquiries contact UX/Learning Manager,
Amanda Rainey, raineyam@gvsu.edu.