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Meet Your Museum

About This Resource

The Dayton Art Institute invites all educators to “Meet Your Museum”, whether for the first time or the hundredth time, through this interdisciplinary guide. It is designed to introduce you to the unlimited possibilities for learning found in the museum’s permanent collection by using selected masterpieces as the central element in interdisciplinary lesson plans. By making connections between the visual arts and the core disciplines taught in grades K-12, educators will be able to expand their students’ knowledge base and enhance their learning experience.

This guide addresses five disciplines: language arts, math, fine arts, science, and social studies. Within each division you will find lesson plans, each focusing on a particular work of art. Background information about the art and the artist/culture is provided along with additional resources, web links and a glossary of terms. Although lessons are directed to a specific grade level and its applicable Ohio Academic Content Standards, each lesson can be easily adapted to other grade levels.

It is our hope to introduce educators to many of the museum’s masterpieces as we continue to expand this site, adding additional lesson plans to each of the five divisions. But we also invite active participation in YOUR MUSEUM by submitting interdisciplinary lesson plans that you have developed based on the museum’s collection.

Submit Your Own Lesson Plans

Educators are invited to submit lesson plans to be posted on this site based on one of the masterpieces highlighted in this guide or on another art work from The Dayton Art Institute’s permanent collection.

Please follow this lesson plan format: Title of Lesson

1. Lesson overview including the title and artist/culture of the art work (the museum will provide background information on the work of art you selected) and the curriculum area of focus.

  • Grade level(s)
  • Objectives
  • Materials
  • Implementation strategy
  • Assessment guidelines
  • Applicable Ohio Academic Content Standards
  • Additional resources

2. Email your lesson plan to and include your contact information – name, position, institution, address, email, and phone number.

 3. The museum reserves the right to edit the content of submitted lesson plans.

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