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Learning Tool Kits: Grades K–12

Learning tool kits for Kindergarten to 12th-grade students use artworks in our collection to inspire critical thinking, creativity, empathy, and academic connections. Everyone is welcome to learn from these resources and start a conversation based on a work of art.

Tool Kits Include

Tool kits are available for grades K–2, 3–5, 6–8, and 9–12 at a suggested rate of $100 per grade level. Your purchase includes five individual tool kits that feature artworks from the museum collection: Black Life in Pittsburgh, Migration, Art & Literacy, Looking and Learning, and Power in Art. Each of these tool kits consists of short videos, vocabulary lists, writing prompts, resource lists, and more.

Keep reading to learn about each of the tool kits, or scroll to the bottom of the page to purchase.

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Have questions about this tool kit? Start a discussion with our Education staff. Contact teachers@cmoa.org.

Tool Kits

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.

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 that artists have responded to over the centuries inspired by personal experience and observation. Through this tool kit, students will explore migration, both internal and external, push and pull factors, as well as the complexity of population movement.

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 3—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.

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.

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.

Purchase Your Tool Kit

Price: Suggested $100 or pay what you wish for five tool kits.

  1. Select the grade level you are interested in purchasing.
  2. Complete the shopping steps to receive you access code and link to all tool for your chosen grade level.
  3. Watch, listen, and learn with museum educators!

Make your selection:

Need Help?

Have questions about learning tool kits? Start a discussion with our Education staff. Contact teachers@cmoa.org.

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