Learning Resources

MMoCA's Teaching Pages provide detailed information on works of art on view at the museum. 


Teaching pages provide analysis of a selection of works of art on view at the museum, biographical information on featured artists, discussion questions, and links to additional resources. Effective as an introduction to a museum visit, the pages also are valuable as an ongoing classroom resource. Teaching pages on works of art currently on view will be uploaded in the coming weeks. Please check back soon.

Our archive of past exhibitions contains teaching pages on Frida KahloDavid Alfaro SiqueirosManuel Álvarez BravoLeopoldo MéndezJosé Clemente OrozcoDiego Rivera, and Rufino TamayoSam Francis, Sam GilliamKenneth Josephson, Ellsworth KellyNeil Welliver,  Real/Surreal, and 2013 Wisconsin Triennial Artists. These address works of art that are not currently on view at MMoCA.

SchoolsMuseumsART Project

Based on the collections of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and the Chazen Museum of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the SchoolsMuseumsART (SMART) Project is a set of eleven full-color posters; a richly illustrated, 180-page teaching text; and 55 color slides. Works of art by Romare Bearden, Deborah Butterfield, Alexander Calder, John Steuart Curry, and Frida Kahlo are featured from MMoCA's collection. American and European art and the art of Japan and India are represented through the Chazen Museum of Art.

The SMART project was published by the Madison Metropolitan School District to serve the curricular goals of elementary art educators and is an integral part of MMSD elementary art curriculum. This comprehensive curricular resource is available free of charge to all Dane County schools and to schools outside Dane County who schedule guided tours of the museum for their students. For more information, please call the education department or email sheri@mmoca.org.


Making Connections was produced by MMoCA's education department to serve general classroom teachers. The book provides color slides of twenty works from the museum's permanent collection, artists' backgrounds, lesson plans for kindergarten through grade five, discussion questions, vocabulary, and age-appropriate bibliographies. Lessons explore topics in language arts, social studies, natural science, and mathematics. The publication is no longer available for sale, however, loan copies may be obtained through the education department.


Video programs shown in conjunction with exhibitions or as separate video screenings are available free-of-charge for short-term loan to educators. MMoCA also serves as an educational resource center for classroom materials through the National Gallery of Art Extended Loan Program. A variety of videotapes, dvds, and slides on artists, artistic movements, and ways to look at art are offered through MMoCA. These programs may be used as a curriculum supplement, as an introduction to art history, in advance of a tour, or as a tool to enhance art appreciation.