K12 Educator & Community Learning Resources
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.
Interested in visiting an exhibition or starting a collaboration with our learning staff? Fill out either of the following forms and we'll be in touch.
A list of exhibition-related books, articles, and other media available from the GVSU Libraries in a variety of formats including print and digital.
Browse highlights from four major mediums within our collection: photography, works on paper, sculpture, and paintings. These highlights showcase strong examples of different media and explain the history and use of each medium.
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.
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.
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.
Art Collection Learning Modules
Rethinking Street Signs Activity, Inspired by the Work of Scott Froschauer
An activity inspired by the work of GVSU's 2020 ArtPrize artist Scott Froschauer from his series The Word on the Street, taking the form of street signs but communicating messages of hope and positivity, rather than municipal warnings. In this activity, students will look closely at and think critically about the visual language of municipal street signs and other ‘official’ signs in their environments. They’ll question the impact of these signs in their day-to-day lives. They’ll re-imagine and create their own signs with alternative messages.
Sculpture Activity, Inspired by 'Char' by Deborah Butterfield
One of the most iconic sculptures in the collection is Deborah Butterfield’s Char, a 7 foot tall bronze sculpture installed on the rooftop of the DeVos Center for Interprofessional Health, home to GVSU’s Kirkhof College of Nursing and other health sciences programs. Deborah Butterfield is known for her life-size, abstracted horse sculptures that evoke both the animal’s form and spirit. In this lesson, students will take a close look at Butterfield’s work, learn more about her approach to sculpting, and use air-day clay to create their own animal.
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. Created for 10th - 12th grade and university students.