Black and white photograph depicting female crossing guard allowing children to cross street in front of Brushton Five and Ten Cent store.

Charles “Teenie” Harris, Female crossing guard allowing children to cross street in front of Brushton Five and Ten Cent store, Frankstown Avenue, Homewood, c. 1950-1970, Carnegie Museum of Art, Heinz Family Fund, © Carnegie Museum of Art, Charles “Teenie” Harris Archive.

Learning Tool Kits: Grades K–12

CMOA Learning Tool Kits for Kindergarten to 12th-grade students use artworks in the collection to inspire critical thinking, creative thinking, empathy, and academic connections. Each tool kit, organized by grades K–2, 3–5, 6–8, and 9–12, support standards for art, history, English, civics, and social studies curriculum.

While the primary audience for these materials is K–12 educators and students, we believe anyone can learn from these resources, including homeschool families, caregivers, and anyone looking to start a conversation based on a work of art.

Register below to receive the first tool kit, which includes:

  • A series of short videos; each one featuring one work of art
  • Vocabulary lists
  • Writing prompts
  • Research guides
  • Resource lists
Black and white photograph depicting female crossing guard allowing children to cross street in front of Brushton Five and Ten Cent store.
Learning Tool KitGrades K—12

Black Life in Pittsburgh

Charles “Teenie” Harris’s inspiring photographic legacy has allowed generations to witness what might otherwise be lost from our collective memory. The “Teenie” Harris Archive is unique proof of living while Black in the 20th century. Explore this Archive through a series of learning materials that highlight four themes: societal networks, access and opportunity, intersectionality, and Pittsburgh Black change agents.

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Get notified when new tool kits become available in 2021!

Collage on a panel featuring an image of the corner of an empty room with arms and legs dangling from the ceiling with each limb wrapped in a detailed pattern.
Learning Tool KitGrades K—12


Human migration is a timeless story, and artists have been responding to this story over the centuries. Through this tool kit, students will explore migration, both internal and external, as well as the complexity of population movement.

Coming in 2021

Painting of artist studio interior furnished with a salon of paintings and other objects with two figures looking over work in progress and the artist seated at a nearby table.
Learning Tool KitGrades K—12

Art & Literacy

Much like the way an author uses words to tell a story, artists use visual language to tell a story through their artworks. Art lends itself well to practice writing, vocabulary, and comprehension. Using artworks to explore literacy, students can participate in adaptations of three of our in-gallery tour experiences virtually, including Reading Art Like a Text, Looking to Write, and Art Inspires Narrative Writing.

Coming in 2021

Inkjet print of a landscape with orange sky and baseball field in the foreground surrounded by a neighborhood of houses with some on fire.
Learning Tool KitGrades K—12

Looking & Learning

In this digital era people consume visual information and images daily. This tool kit focuses on observation and visual literacy skills, using careful and slow looking and interpretation.

Coming in 2021

Detail view of painting featuring a woman standing with arms crossed in front of a gallery wall.
Learning Tool KitGrades K—12

Power in Art

A work of art holds great power to communicate. Artists use elements of art and principles of design, as well as various media to communicate their ideas. This tool kit uses artworks to explore Power of an Image, Power of Text, Power of Empathy, and Power of Persuasion.

Coming in 2021

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