Pre-Visit Materials


Learn more about the Meadows Museum’s collections and special exhibitions, and connect works of art to your classroom teaching. The Meadows Museum is committed to kindergarten through twelfth grade teachers and developing multidisciplinary curricular materials for teaching with great works of Spanish art in our collections and other cultures through our exhibitions. Workshops offer interactive gallery experiences and opportunities for idea-sharing with other educators. Participants receive background materials and images from the collection along with lesson plans and strategies for incorporating Meadows Museum objects into classroom curriculum.

Teacher Workshops

Stay tuned for upcoming teacher workshops or sign up for our newsletter to be the first to know. If you are interested in a custom teacher workshop for your school, district, or organization, please email Laura Mancini.

Teacher Workshop: Land, Sea, Sky


November 11, 2023 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Join us for an elemental exploration of how artists have deeply connected with land, water, and the light that illuminates both. At the Nasher, we will shine light on groundbreaking women of Land art, and at the Meadows we will view the luminous works of Spanish painter Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida.

Participants will begin their day at Nasher Sculpture Center for the morning session, then drive to the Meadows Museum for the afternoon. Box lunches will be provided. CPE credit available.

Beyond Beauty, Portraits and Critical Thinking in the Classroom


December 8, 2023 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

In this workshop, educators will view select portraits from Spanish artist Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (1863-1923) and another portrait by Jusepe de Ribera. During the gallery walks, the facilitators, Laura Mancini of the Meadows Museum and Meredith Clark of Region 10, will model how to provide opportunities for students to use different types of thinking (T-TESS 2.2) by asking creative and analytical questions that elaborate and extend learning (T-TESS 2.3). The learning experience consists of a welcome + context, gallery discussions with analysis, lunch on your own, and collaborative lesson planning and sharing in the afternoon.

FREE with advance registration. Attendees will be eligible for prizes.

With questions, please contact Sarah Janke.

If this event is sold out, you may add your name to the waiting list.

Digital Resources

Teacher Designed Curricula

Through the Meadows Museum’s Teacher as Artist Program (TAP), Richardson ISD teachers designed projects for classroom use inspired by works at the museum. Watch a short virtual tour focused on a single work of art and then complete a related project.

Elementary School: Patterns & Printmaking

Explore the Capital from Madinat al-Zahra’, created around 965, and then complete a project designed by Richardson ISD teachers. (Watch the first two videos below.)

Middle and High School: Sculpture & Light

Explore Jaume Plensa’s 2007 sculpture Sho and then complete a project designed by Richardson ISD teachers. (Watch the second two videos below.)

Tiny Tours Videos

Join a Meadows Museum docent for a short, deep dive into individual works of art at the Meadows Museum. Access tours here.

Self-Guided Materials

Faces of Spain: A Self-Guide to Portraiture in the Meadows Museum Collection

Created as self-guide materials for use at the Meadows Museum, these materials can also be used to aid in preparation for your visit to the Museum. The materials cover a range of portraits in the permanent collection from the Renaissance to the present, and offer questions to use to engage your students in talking about portraiture.

Please visit the following link to access the Faces of Spain guide (PDF).

The Form of Things: Sculpture from the Meadows Museum

Created as self-guide materials for use in the Meadows Museum and with the Museums newly renovated sculpture plaza, these materials can also be used to aid in preparation for your visit to the Meadows. The materials cover sculpture from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century, and offer questions to use to engage your students in discussing and making sculpture.

Please visit the following link to access the The Form of Things guide (PDF).

Medieval to Renaissance: Spanish Art from the Meadows Museum

Materials created based on permanent collection objects in conjunction with the Museum’s 2008 exhibition Fernando Gallego and his Workshop: The Altarpiece of Ciudad Rodrigo, these materials focus on old master paintings from the late 15th and early 16th centuries in the Meadows Collection. Included in the curriculum is background information on the period covered, info sheets on specific works of art, and lessons for use in the classroom.

Please visit the following link to access the Medieval to Renaissance guide (PDF).