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K-12 STUDENTS AND TEACHERS

The Fowler Museum at UCLA invites K-12 students and teachers to experience the power of global arts and cultures through gallery Conversations, self-guided K-12 visits, teacher institutes, curriculum resources, as well as co-designed workshops that take place off campus, in the city of Los Angeles. 

Online reservations for both gallery Conversations and self-guided visits are required at least two weeks in advance. All visits are booked on a first-come, first-served basis.

We are committed to removing financial barriers by offering all K-12 schools free admission; no fees are associated with guided or self-guided tours. The Fowler Museum is unable to accept unsolicited applications for bus scholarships.

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Gallery Conversations (grades 6-12)

Starting in the Spring of 2022, Fowler Student Educators will lead “Conversations” highlighting art and other cultural materials that represent various perspectives on liberation, leadership, wellness, and the environment. Facilitated dialogues around these themes will bring to the fore diverse systems of knowledge developed and practiced by various cultures and communities around the globe. The goal of this offering is to support such areas as social studies/history, visual arts, ethnic studies, as well as social-emotional learning in the classrooms. 

These 6-12 engagements will take place in the Fowler’s Intersections: World Art, Local Lives gallery. They will be followed by hands-on activities and guided writing exercises, and will serve Common Core Standards. 

The 2022 themes will focus on liberation and the environment. Conversations centered on them are currently under development in dialogue with K-12 teachers, high school students, and UCLA faculty. 

Due to the intimate scale of the Fowler galleries, each guided visit can accommodate a maximum of 50 students. Classes with more than 25 students are divided into smaller groups. One adult chaperone per 10 students is required. Each guided Conversation will be scheduled for 90 minutes, unless otherwise noted.

Self-Guided K-12 Visits

Ready to lead your own tours of the Fowler Museum? During self-guided tours, groups are welcome to explore any of the Museum’s current exhibitions.

Self-guided tours for school groups are available Thursday and Friday, when the Museum is open to the general public. Each self-guided visit accommodates a maximum of 35 students. Schools wishing to bring larger groups may request multiple self-guided visits on the same day, contingent on space availability. One adult chaperone per 10 students is required.

Activity Guides

Click below to access PDFs of our in-gallery guides. Limited copies are also available at the front desk.

INTERSECTIONS: GRADE K-2

INTERSECTIONS: GRADE 3-5

INTERSECTIONS: GRADE 6-8

INTERSECTIONS: GRADE 9-12

Curriculum Resources

The curriculum guides below are designed to aid in classroom learning about the Fowler’s exhibitions.

Click on the images to access each guide.

Parking Instructions for School Buses

For groups arriving to the Fowler on a school bus, free parking is available near the Museum. Follow the directions below to reach this designated bus zone:

  •     Enter campus from Sunset Boulevard at Westwood Plaza
  •     Take the first right onto Charles Young Drive
  •     Park along the right side of the street, across from the athletic fields

 

Co-designed K-12 Programs

The Fowler welcomes opportunities to co-design K–12 engagements with regional collaborators. Projects should focus on the museum’s current exhibitions. Read more about our inaugural collaboration with Las Fotos Projects below.

The Power of Self-Representation with Las Fotos Project + Alma López 

Fowler Museum at UCLA in partnership with Las Fotos Project

Inspired by the museum’s exhibition Photo Cameroon: Studio Portraiture, 1970s–1990s, this self-portraiture workshop was hosted by the Fowler Museum in collaboration with photographer Alma López. The workshop consisted of two sessions on consecutive Sunday afternoons, October 10 and 17, 2021. 

In Session 1, a curator-led walk-through of Photo Cameroon was followed by a lecture by renowned artist Alma López who spoke about self-portraits in painting and photography throughout art history. López offered a technique demonstration for self-portraiture, including the use of backdrops, props, and her own camera and lighting. Session 2 was a self-portrait workshop at Las Fotos Project, in collaboration with López’s L.A. Foto Truck. Students paired up to assist one another in creating their self-portraits and rotated through five stations where they had the opportunity to experiment with props, poses, dress, backgrounds, and lighting as they sought to communicate various aspects of their identity. Students selected and edited their self-portraits, sharing and discussing them with the group before filling out a Reflections form. 

Click here to learn more.

Alma López | Artist Statement

In spaces where BIPOC and queer people often feel invisible, images are affirming. In my experience as a queer Mexican-born, LA-based Chicana visual artist, I am in constant search of hidden histories and images that reflect my diverse and intersecting identities. In this search, portraits are powerful and life-affirming. The power of portraiture is evident in the many works included in Photo Cameroon: Studio Portraiture, 1970s-1990s and especially evident in the decade-long photographic work produced by the teenage members of Las Fotos Project. This collaboration between the Fowler and Las Fotos Project will be the inaugural project of the mobile photography studio, L.A. Foto Truck.

Teacher Institutes

The Fowler’s Teacher Institutes aim to stimulate curiosity, expand knowledge, and develop respect for people from all over the world. These programs seek to promote cross-cultural encounters, dialogues, engagement, and pride. Through these institutes, the Fowler meets a crucial need of teachers across Southern California for free professional development opportunities focused on global cultural traditions. 

Engaging Lived Religion

Engaging Lived Religion teacher institute is inspired by pioneering mapping projects at UCLA, which enable learners to better visualize and interact with the layered cultural and religious histories of Los Angeles. This program is designed for 25 Southern California-based educators teaching grades 6-12 and is intended to explore global religious traditions through the lens of practices and experiences of Angelenos. UCLA faculty, museum educators, curators, as well as religious practitioners will guide teachers through the histories of LA’s religious communities and the various ways they are intertwined. 

The five-day institute includes gallery tours of the Fowler’s exhibitions; community conversations and site-visits, including to the Jain Community Center of Southern California, the Islamic Center of Southern California, and the Otura Tukaa Temple; a guided field trip to see LA murals that visualize expressions of spirituality; and global cuisine lunches to nourish the body, mind, and soul.    

Our goal is to help educators move beyond the “dates and doctrines” approach to teaching religion; equip them with knowledge, resources, and pedagogies that would afford them a richer understanding of the beliefs and practices of religious communities in the region; and cultivate their curiosity about and deeper appreciation for the faith traditions and rituals of their students and neighbors. 

Engaging Lived Religion is funded by the Lilly Endowment Inc., and co-sponsored by the UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies and the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies.

Art of Liberation: Framing New Futures in the Museum

This Teacher Institute seeks to explore visual expressions of liberation and its absence using the Fowler’s artworks created in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, the Indigenous Americas, and their diasporas. Sculptures and photographs addressing pre-liberation and post-apartheid in South Africa, ceremonial masks used to affirm communal identity in Guatemala, and other objects from around the world will serve to initiate conversations about the historical frameworks and continued legacies of colonialism, as well as how liberation from these legacies has been visualized, actualized, and celebrated. Educators will be encouraged to use works to analyze specific liberatory moments, contexts of colonialism, assertions of identify, and their lasting implications both globally and locally. Los Angeles artists will share with teachers their perspectives on artistic practices that can be incorporated into the classroom, including spoken word, song, storytelling, and dance.

This three-day program will be offered in May and June of 2022 as a professional development opportunity for 20-25 Title I educators teaching grades 7-12. Applications will be open from January 10 to February 11, 2022. 

Objectives of the Art of Liberation Teacher Institute: 

  •     Discuss the erasure of collective and individual histories in institutional archives, museums, and “historical records”; critically examine who has the power to shape such institutions and interpretations;  
  •     Identify and explore alternative forms of knowledge-making and record-keeping (oral histories, community archives, art-making, etc.) that defy colonial knowledge-production, preservation, and perpetuation; 
  •     Encourage educators to analyze visual sources as historical documents that record and resist colonial histories and projects of erasure. Consider how museums and classrooms can participate in renegotiating who has the access and influence necessary to shape the historical record, and what role art plays in this process. 

Collaborators for the 2022 Teacher Institute

The curriculum and pedagogical strategies for the Teacher Institute will be developed in partnership with collaborators who are at the forefront of advocating for social justice issues in Los Angeles.

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