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K–12 Resources

With a collection that is both local and global and a dedicated team of educators and docents, the Spencer is well-equipped to advance classroom teaching and learning across a range of subjects. Learn more about our instructional resources below.

K-12 Lesson Plans

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Access interdisciplinary, art-based lesson plans that support Kansas K–12 education standards. Each lesson plan is supplemented with images, videos, and other digital resources designed to engage students of all ages.

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Classroom Collection

The Spencer’s Classroom Collection offers a unique opportunity to interact with original works of art up close and in your classroom. The collection contains works of art by international and regional artists including photographs, paintings, sculptures, jewelry, prints, and ceramics. Objects can be checked out for use in your classroom.

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Collection Cards

Children looking at the Spencer's Collection Cards

Collection Cards are a series of art trading cards designed to spark and sustain curiosity about the arts. The cards complement arts education programs at the Spencer and in K–12 classrooms. Each card features a work from the Museum’s collection and a secret code that collectors can use to find out more about the work of art on the Collection Cards website. Visitors can collect cards at Spencer Youth & Family events and students will receive cards during class visits.

Each volume of Collection Cards features works of art related to a key theme.

  • Volume 1: plants, people, animals, and places
  • Volume 2: Kansas heroes
  • Volume 3: science, technology, engineering, and math
  • Volume 4: collecting (objects from our founding gift)

Collection Cards have been created with support from the Douglas County Community Foundation, the Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission, and the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission.