K-12 Teacher Resources

K-12 Teacher Resources 2018-10-09T15:39:32-07:00
Ceramic student artwork at Kirkland Arts Center, Credit: Mitch Reinitz 2011

Field Trips

Kirkland Arts Center offers field trips for elementary, middle, and high school groups through our historic buildinggallery, and art studios, customized to fit the needs and interests of your students and curriculum. Begin your class’s field trip with a hands-on art making experience in one of our ceramics or painting studios with instruction from a professional artist.

Follow that with a guided tour of our current exhibitions and the Peter Kirk Building, constructed in 1890-92. Our contemporary art gallery features 5 to 6 shows per year in a variety of topics and media including oil, acrylic, mixed media, and watercolor paintings; pen and ink drawings; wheel-thrown and hand-built ceramics; wood, metal, glass, and mixed media sculptures; printmaking, photography, collage, and digital art; and even mosaics and art jewelry.

Field Trips

$2200per student
  • Ceramics or painting activities

This combination of art making and art appreciation allows students of all ages to connect with art on a deeper level, be inspired, stretch their creative and critical thinking, and develop tools for self expression.

Frequently Asked Questions

Field trips with an art making component must be scheduled around our ongoing classes. Scheduling for gallery tours is more flexible. Depending on classroom availability and group size, we can reserve a space for students to take a lunch break as well. Studio time typically lasts 60-90 minutes. Gallery and building tours take around 30 minutes.

Please contact us no fewer than 30 days prior to your desired field trip date to check availability.

Contact our Education Director at education@kirklandartscenter.org or (425) 822-7161 x108 for detailed scheduling information and to reserve a date.

Parking is limited around Kirkland Arts Center. Groups arriving by bus may drop students off in front of our gallery along Market Street or in the alley behind our building which is accessible off of 7th Avenue. Busses should then park elsewhere for the duration of the field trip.

For smaller vehicles, street parking around Kirkland Arts Center is free to the public. Kirkland Arts Center students and visitors may also use the Lakeside Christian Church parking lot located just across our back alley (access on 1st St.) every day except Sunday. Two spaces directly behind Kirkland Arts Center are reserved for disabled parking.

Due to the historic nature of our building, KAC is not fully accessible. More detailed accessibility information is available here.

Please call ahead if you need ramp access or for further information about accessibility.

No fewer than two and no more than five chaperones should accompany a field trip. Adults may elect to be participants or just helpers.

Studio space and equipment is limited so groups larger than 12 may be split into two activities with separate instructors.

We are happy to organize field trip programs for public and private schools. We have also worked with scout troops earning badges, home school groups, and others to develop custom art classes and workshops.

Contact our Education Director at education@kirklandartscenter.org or (425) 822-7161 x108 for more information on our field trips and other custom art experiences.

Ceramics Program Assistance

Kirkland Arts Center offers technical assistance and training in support of in-school ceramics programs. K-12 art teachers, docents, parents, and volunteers are invited to participate in a short seminar on clay projects and the use of kilns. This two-hour workshop is ideal for schools that would like to incorporate clay into the curriculum and may have an electric kiln on the premises but no instructors or staff that feel comfortable using it.

Our experienced ceramics technician can come to your facility and discuss the types of projects that work best for certain ages, how to handle the work, how to use the kiln and glazes, and offer resources to support a program.
Email ceramics@kirklandartscenter.org with questions or to schedule a ceramics program training for your school.