The Johnson can come to you! Using Zoom video conferencing a Museum educator will provide a Museum-themed lesson in real time (each session lasts 30-45 minutes).

To arrange for your program please begin by emailing Carol Hockett.

Excavating Ancient Egypt

Appropriate for Grade 5 and up

Learn about mummification and explore objects from ancient Egypt, including a worker figurine and amulets that would have helped to provision the deceased for the afterlife.

From our collection
This Egyptian shabti is from 380–342 BC, a small human figure representing a person who would perform a given task for the deceased in the afterlife. It’s about eight inches tall and made of a glazed ceramic known as faience.

 

The Many Faces of Masks

Appropriate for ages 5–8

From the fierce face mask of a Japanese samurai to the quiet elegance of a Japanese noh theater mask, participants will explore four different masks from around the world.

From our collection
This Japanese noh drama mask is made of carved wood, plaster, lacquer, and paint. It would be worn in performances of musical dramas based on tales from traditional literature.

 

Build Your Own Museum

Appropriate for ages 5–8

Share a treasured object from your personal collection and learn about how museums collect and care for objects like an African chi wara headdress.

From our collection
The chi wara is a divine being—half mortal, half animal—who taught the Bamana people how to cultivate crops.

 

Museum Menagerie

Appropriate for ages 5 and up

Meet sea monsters, seven-headed snakes, and shape-shifting dragons. Keep paper and pencil handy—this 30-minute session  includes a dragon-making activity!

From our collection
Chinese dragons are symbols of power and strength. They can be visible or invisible, and as small as the size of a silkworm cocoon or as big as the entire sky.

 

 

Face to Face

Appropriate for ages 5 and up

Strike a pose and learn about Johnson Museum favorites like Walking Man and Goose Girl in this interactive live session. Then grab your art supplies for a lesson on drawing portraits.

From our collection
Alberto Giacometti was inspired by the world around him: “It’s the totality of life that I want to reproduce in everything I do.”