free online lesson plans 

Education, outreach and dialog are an important part of TCA programs. While some visitors may attend performances and others may come for a special event or meeting, it is the visual art, architecture and design features that help make the TCA environment an overall experience. Through docent-guided tours, outreach programs with artists in the community and a variety of online educational resources, the TCA Gallery strives to provide memorable, vibrant and accessible encounters with the arts for all ages. 

Educational Resources

Much of the TCA’s approach to outreach and education starts with inquiry. All of the online lessons include a questioning framework led by the Gallery’s education mascots, Questor and Jack.


Questor is a student who is curious about artworks.

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Look: What can I see? Facts about the artwork.
Learn: What can I learn? Contextual facts.
Interpret: What does it mean? Conclusions about meaning.
Compare: How does it compare? Conclusions about connections among artworks. 


Jack is an artist who jumps at the chance for new art ideas.

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Choose: What Choices Will I Make in My Artwork 
Seek: What Art Ideas Can I Get from My Own Life and Times? 
: What Ideas Can I Get by Looking at Other Art? 
Plan: What Do I Want to Achieve with My Artwork?


Art Inquiry Guide for Students

Mary Shindell Book

A sketchbook, journal and inquiry lesson in one easy-to-use workbook.



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