Our Education Series Offers Hands-on Learning Fun!
Families and visitors are invited to learn about the American West in the Briscoe’s new education series, “Full STEAM Ahead”. Learners of all ages will work together and learn about the American West by engaging in hands-on, STEAM learning experiences. Sharing the American West through STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics – each of the activities ties back to the Briscoe’s art and artifacts, bringing the West to life in a new way. From transportation and weather to animals, astronomy and engineering, each program explores an aspect of life in the West to engage and inspire learning.
FREE with museum admission (Children 12 and under are always FREE)
2023 APRIL- PAINTING INSPIRED POETRY MAY- EXPLORING ART IN NATURE JUNE- ADD LIGHTNING TO YOUR ART JULY- TOOLS OF THE (CATTLE) TRADE AUGUST- MIGRATION SEPTEMBER- ART IN THE SKY OCTOBER- POTTERY OF THE SOUTHWEST NOVEMBER- YANAGUANA INDIAN ARTS FESTIVAL DECEMBER- GINGERBREAD COWBOY
PAINTING INSPIRED BY POETRY
Sunday, April 2 1:00 – 3:00pm
Celebrate Poetry Month and Fiesta at the Briscoe! After studying Kim Wiggins’s “Fiesta Day on the Plaza”, 2003, Oil on canvas- a vibrant, activity rich painting, families will create a poem about their favorite part of the painting. To bring those words to life, they will then create their own painting to illustrate their poem.
EXPLORING ART IN NATURE
Sunday, May 7 1:00 – 3:00pm
Families are invited to join the Briscoe to learn more about a form of art called “Mandala”. After a short presentation, participants will go on a short nature walk in the McNutt Sculpture Garden where we will search for and collect interesting nature objects. We will use those objects to create a “mandala” and take a digital photograph of our work of art.
ADD LIGHTNING TO YOUR ART
Sunday, June 4 1:00 – 3:00pm
Families are invited to learn about how electrical currents work. After a short presentation, families will create a small piece of art with a light feature. We will make the art glow by creating a paper circuit.
TOOLS OF THE (CATTLE) TRADE
Sunday, July 2 1:00 – 3:00pm
Let’s learn more about the cattle industry. After a short presentation about simple machines cowboys used in their daily work, families will have the opportunity to create a simple machine using found and recyclable materials.
Sunday, August 6 1:00 – 3:00pm
Families are invited to join the Briscoe to learn more about the fall migration of hummingbirds. After a short presentation, families will have the opportunity to create a hummingbird feeder using found and recyclable materials.
ART IN THE SKY
Sunday, September 3 1:00 – 3:00pm
Join us to explore the night sky by studying the Kim Wiggins painting, Colonel Crockett’s Return to Cibolo Creek. After a short study of the painting, families will have the opportunity to create a bedroom Planetarium.
POTTERY OF THE SOUTHWEST
Sunday, October 8 1:00 – 3:00pm
Learn more about the pottery made by Native Americans in the southwest, including the techniques they used to craft their pieces. Use those techniques to create a piece of pottery of your own.
NATIVE AMERICAN HOMES -STEAM ENGINEERING CHALLENGE
Sunday, November 5 1:00 – 3:00pm
Native Americans lived in a variety of homes. The type of home they built fit into their culture and lifestyle. While learning about these different homes, use materials provided to try to build a tipi, Longhouse, wigwam, or other types of Native American shelters.
Sunday, December 3 1:00 – 3:00pm
Celebrate the holidays with story time at the Briscoe. Families will listen to the story of The Gingerbread Cowboy! After the story, you will have the opportunity to create a gingerbread cowboy of your own!