What can a portrait tell us about a person? How do artists depict the stories of an individual or a community through portraiture? Students in grades 3 through 6 are invited to explore identity through examining portraits. Students will learn to “read” a portrait, compare historical and contemporary portraits through interactive discussions, and consider the power of representation.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art invites all people to explore the art in its care. We welcome and provide free access to everyone to enjoy and contemplate artistic creations from 5,000 years ago to present day. We believe that art has the ability to uplift, surprise, challenge, and transform. It gives expression not only to distant cultures and times, but also to immediate voices and issues, and provides avenues for exploring the world, past and present, and for informing our future. The museum’s broad collection lends itself to a variety of learning experiences for visitors of all ages.
Currently, the Nelson-Atkins is offering virtual programming options in lieu of onsite school tours and workshops. Additional virtual content can be accessed through Nelson-Atkins@Home, where you'll find videos, audio tours, activity pages, and other multimedia features to explore.
Social Justice, Art, Visual Arts
30 students, 1 chaperone per 30 students
Virtual Field Trip
3, 4, 5, 6, 7