Education: Teacher Resources

Use these free, downloadable teaching materials and web interactives to create inquiry-based learning experiences for your students.

All of the PDFs feature at least one artwork from our collection or a special exhibition, and include high-resolution color images, background information, questions for viewing, and activity ideas. Learn more about our collection with our database, featuring a search function that indicates artworks currently on view and their locations.

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Contemporary (2000–present)

Photography/Film/Video
Ai Weiwei: According to What? (currently on view)
Question Bridge: Black Males
HIDE/SEEK: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture
Jesper Just: Romantic Delusions

Painting/Drawing/Printmaking
Hernan Bas: Works from the Rubell Family Collection
© MURAKAMI
Burning Down the House: Building a Feminist Art Collection
Tigers of Wrath: Watercolors by Walton Ford (Grades K–5)
Tigers of Wrath: Watercolors by Walton Ford (Middle and High School)

Decorative Arts/Textiles
Tipi: Heritage of the Great Plains

Mixed Media/Installation/Sculpture
Ai Weiwei: According to What? (currently on view)

Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey
Valerie Hegarty: Alternative Histories
Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui
Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe
Sanford Biggers: Sweet Funk—An Introspective
Sun K. Kwak: Enfolding 280 Hours
Lorna Simpson: Gathered
Kiki Smith: Sojourn
The Eye of the Artist: The Work of Devorah Sperber
Ron Mueck
Fred Tomaselli
Yinka Shonibare MBE


20th Century (1900–1999)

Photography/Film/Video
Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present
Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera

Painting/Drawing/Printmaking
John Singer Sargent Watercolors
Fine Lines: American Drawings from the Brooklyn Museum
Joseph Stella, "The Virgin" Collection Highlight
Andy Warhol: The Last Decade
Gora Mbengue, "Al-Buraq" Collection Highlight (currently on view)
HIDE/SEEK: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture
Keith Haring: 1978–1982
Thomas Hart Benton, "Louisiana Rice Fields" Collection Highlight (currently on view)
Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties

Mixed Media/Installation/Sculpture
Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties (currently on view)
The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago Long-term installation (currently on view)
Joe Overstreet, "Power Flight" Collection Highlight (currently on view)
Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists, 1958–1968
Materializing "Six Years": Lucy R. Lippard
and the Emergence of Conceptual Art

HIDE/SEEK: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture


19th Century (1800–1899)

Prince Yahya Collection Highlight
"Workt by Hand": Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts
Unidentified Kongo artist, "Power Figure" Collection Highlight (currently on view)
Gustave Caillebotte: Impressionist Paintings from Paris to the Sea
American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection
James Tissot: “The Life of Christ”
Healing the Wounds of War: The Brooklyn Sanitary Fair of 1864


Ancient to 18th Century (5000 B.C.E.–1799 C.E.)

"From Spanish and Indian, Mestizo," Mexico, early 18th century Collection Highlight
Huastec artist, "Life-Death Figure"
Collection Highlight (currently on view)
"Wine Jar with Fish and Aquatic Plants," China, early 14th century
Collection Highlight

To Live Forever: Art and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt
Unknown Roman artist, "Mosaic of Lion" Collection Highlight
Unearthing the Truth: Egypt's Pagan and Coptic Sculpture
"Nefertiti," Egypt, Amarna Period Collection Highlight (currently on view)
The Fertile Goddess
Pharaohs, Queens, and Goddesses


Web Interactives

Ancient Egypt at the Brooklyn Museum presents object-based activities and reference materials on ancient Egypt and our rich collection of Egyptian art.

Jean-Michel Basquiat's paintings and drawings portray his ideas about life and the world around him. Basquiat: Street to Studio lets students examine his work and create their own art online.

Detail of Tomaselli painting