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Saint Louis University Museum of Art and Education

The Saint Louis University Museum of Art offers the following educational programs. These programs are free for school groups. 

Romanesque Revival and the Gilded Age

As students tour the historic Samuel Cupples house, they will learn about some of the principals of architecture and what design elements are required for a building to be considered Romanesque Revival. We will also focus on the period in American history called the Gilded Age and students will respond to writing and drawing prompts in their sketchbooks during this 1.5 hour lesson. 

Elements of Art in Modern Portraiture

This 1.5 hour lesson will introduce students to the basic elements of art (color, line, shape, form and texture) and discuss how artists use these elements in different ways in their work. By examining various portraits in the SLUMA collection, students will learn new terms, techniques and methods that will help to inform them in the creation of their own art. The students will draw and respond to writing prompts in their sketchbooks as we move through the Museum. 

Japanese Netsuke and Asian Origami

The fourth floor Galleries of SLUMA honor the cultural legacy of Asia with hundreds of jade and ivory artifacts illustrating the artistic traditions of Japan and China. Jade dragon boats and impressive shrines of ivory are shown along with the most extensive collection of Japanese netsuke found in the Midwest. Students will learn about the history and function of netsuke in this 1 hour lesson and finish by making their own netsuke-inspired origami creation. 

Jesuits and the American Frontier

The Collection of the Western Jesuit Missions fills the entire third floor of SLUMA and the art and artifacts illustrate not just Jesuit and Catholic life but also the frontier experience of the Jesuit missionaries. At the invitation of Bishop DuBourg, Jesuits arrived in St. Louis in 1823, hoping to work among the Indian people in the St. Louis area, and they soon discovered that effective ministry would require sending men into the American west. Students will examine art and artifacts that reflect the frontier experience and respond to writing prompts in their sketchbooks.  

If you would like more information about these classes or would like to schedule a visit please contact:

Fallon Potter
Administrative Secretary
3673 West Pine Mall
Cupples House    
St. Louis, MO 63108
314-977-6631 | 

All visiting students will receive a complementary sketchbook 

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