Krannert Art Museum Week at the Museum

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Educator Rusty Clevenger leads his class from Dr. Williams School to create artwork in response to exhibitions during the KAM–WAM program, 2016.
Educator Rusty Clevenger and his class from Dr. Williams School create artwork in response to exhibitions during the KAM–WAM program, 2016.
Teacher Resource

In the KAM–WAM programs, Champaign and Urbana public elementary school students have the unique opportunity to attend school at KAM for intensive study for a full day or a week.

KAM–WAM: Week at the Museum

The Collaborative Team

A team of teachers from each KAM–WAM participating school works with a team of educators from the museum to develop the curriculum for the week. All lessons are inspired by the art on display. The school team typically consists of:

  • 2 classroom teachers
  • 2 art teachers (often visual art and music)
  • 1 additional teacher (for example, special education, enrichment, or an instructional coach)

Sample Daily Schedule

9–9:15 am   
Opening (all groups)

9:15–10:15 am  
Art (red group), Music (blue group), museum block (yellow and green groups)

10:15–11:15 am
Art (blue group), Music (red group), museum block (yellow and green groups)

11:15–11:45 am   
Lunch (all groups)

11:45 am–12:45 pm  
Art (yellow group), Music (green group), museum block (red and blue groups)

12:45–1:45 pm 
Art (green group), Music (yellow group), museum block (red and blue groups)

1:45–2 pm   
Closing (all groups)

Four Groups Engage in 3 Teaching Strands

  • Art – taught by the art teacher from the school 
    • Students make their own artwork inspired by art in the museum  
  • Music – taught by the music teacher from the school
    • Students explore the connections between art and music; and/or 
    • Students compose music inspired by art
  • Museum Block – co-taught by a classroom teacher and a museum educator
    • Students become familiar with art throughout the museum 
    • Students experience art in various ways
    • Students learn how to look at art and develop interpretations

How to Apply 

KAM–WAM and KAM–BAM programs are available only to classes from Champaign Unit 4 and Urbana School District 116 schools.

Because of the popularity of these programs and the time it takes to run them, the calendar of programs is set one year in advance. 

At this time, the calendar is full for the 2017–2018 school year. 

The 2018–2019 calendar will open in April. At that time, instructions on how to apply will be posted in the Resources section. Please know that every effort is made to accommodate all interested schools in at least the KAM–BAM level, if applications are completed during the enrollment period. 

If you would still like to bring your students to KAM this year, or if you teach in a school outside of the Champaign-Urbana public schools, we will work with you to provide experiences similar to our KAM–BAM program during an extended, docent-led tour. Please visit the Field Trips page for more information.