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Outreach Suitcases contain artifacts that students can handle, examine and discuss. Each suitcase has an Educator Resource Guide with descriptions of the objects, background information and art activity suggestions.

Schack Art Center is a Satellite Center for the Ann P. Wyckoff Teacher Resource Center at Seattle Art Museum.

Use the SAM Suitcase Connections document to discover new ways to incorporate these suitcases in your curriculum.

Classroom Reservation Schedule: Art Suitcases may be reserved for a 12-day period. If more than 1 teacher will be utilizing the suitcases, two consecutive slots can be reserved.

Available topics and dates for each suitcase are located below.

To reserve a suitcase please CLICK HERE and fill out the suitcase reservation request form.

Questions: Nancy Bell at 425-259-5050, x23, or email: nbell@schack.org

Sponsors

Suitcases are generously supported by:

Glaser Foundation
H'Arts Patrons
The Kobe Foundation
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western WA
Skyway Luggage Company
U S Bank Foundation

Suitcase Calendar

The following Outreach Suitcases are available for the 2017/2018 school year.

The Suitcases

Africa

Suitcase Available: Sept 9, 2017 - June 21, 2018

Personal Strength, Personal Beauty: Personal Adornment of the Peoples of Africa. (This is the 1996 version of the Seattle Art Museum Outreach Suitcase.)

An introduction to the art of adornment in many different African cultures. Students will examine how adornment and clothing reveal a person’s status, personality, and customs. This suitcase contains Maasai and Egyptian collars, a papyrus painting, a Ndebele doll, a Fante shrine sculpture, a comb, Kente, Adire and Bakuba cloths, images, and a curriculum guide.

Ancient Cultures

Suitcase Available: September 9 - December 14, 2017

(on loan from Seattle Art Museum)

Bridging Ancient Cultures. Publisher: Seattle, WA: Seattle Art Museum; 2008.

Explore the diverse cultures and artistic traditions of the ancient world, including Latin America, the Mediterranean region, India, and China. This suitcase includes replicas of ancient art objects, background information, questions to consider, suggested activities, and images of works in SAM’s collection.

Art of Asia

Suitcase Available: January 6 - March 29, 2018

(on loan from Seattle Art Museum)

Arts of Asia: Stories Across Time and Place. Publisher: Seattle, WA: Seattle Art Museum; 2011.

With objects representing stories from contemporary Korean art to ancient Indian sculpture, this suitcase allows students to explore the arts of Asia across cultures, countries and time periods. Includes an educator guide with looking questions and activity suggestions, along with prints and a CD of images from SAM's collection.

Australian and Oceanic

Suitcase Available: March 31 - June 21, 2018

(on loan from Seattle Art Museum)

Ways of Seeing: Australian and Oceanic Art Outreach Suitcase. Publisher: Seattle, WA: Seattle Art Museum; 2012.

This Outreach Suitcase brings SAM's collection of Aboriginal Australian and Oceanic art into your classroom. Focusing on the cultural traditions of Papua New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand and Polynesia, this collection of images and objects will open students' eyes to the diverse ways that cultures view their worlds through map making, nature activities and shared histories. This classroom resource builds connections across disciplines and encourages students to think critically about their own understandings of global cultures.

Book Arts

Suitcase Available: September 9, 2017 - June 21, 2018

A Historical Look at Books and Writing. Publisher: Everett, WA; Schack Art Center; 2007

The technology of writing tools and materials from a variety of cultures is explored accompanied by examples of different alphabets and scripts. A discussion of essential questions: Why was writing invented? How have people from different cultures preserved their best stories, thoughts, and ideas over time? What is a book? Artifacts include Contemporary Artists Books, an Asian Scroll, Different Forms of Script, a Cuneiform Tablet Facsimile, Egyptian Hieroglyphs Facsimile, Mayan Aztec Codex Facsimile, various writing implements and materials (parchment, papyrus, Amate, etc.), letterpress type books on different alphabets/scripts, etc.

China

Suitcase Available: September 9, 2017 - June 21, 2018

Scholars, Merchants, and Ladies of the Court: People and Arts of Traditional China. (This is the 1992 version of the Seattle Art Museum Outreach Suitcase.)

Introduce your students to three important characters in Chinese art. The roles of the scholar, merchant, and court lady reveal a context for the art objects. This suitcase contains shadow puppets, a basket, embroidery panels, painted scrolls, a calligraphy set, rice and dragon bowls, images, and curriculum guide.

Elements of Art

Suitcase Available: January 6 - March 29, 2018

(on loan from Seattle Art Museum)

Elements of Art Outreach Suitcase. Publisher: Seattle, WA: Seattle Art Museum; 2013.

The Elements of Art Outreach Suitcase is a resource for investigating how the elements of art are applied to the creation and understanding of visual art. Drawn from SAM's collection and featuring many Pacific Northwest artists, a wide range of media and cultures demonstrate the individual elements of art. The suitcase includes artist's color and value tools, a ceramic plate and vase, native carving, texture and 2D and 3D shape items, and prints of supporting images.

Exploring American History Through Art

Suitcase available: September 9 - December 14, 2017

(on loan from Seattle Art Museum)

Made in America: Exploring American History Through Art. Publisher: Seattle, WA: Seattle Art Museum; 2009.

SAM’s American art suitcase focuses on works of art from the 17th through the 21st centuries. Using replicas of works of art and cultural items students can touch, this suitcase is a perfect introduction to material culture and history from American colonialism to the present. The suitcase includes an Educator Resource Guide, replicas of artworks and other touchable items, images from SAM’s collection, and materials for hands-on art activities.

India

Suitcase Available: September 9 - December 14, 2017

(on loan from Seattle Art Museum)

Origins: Myths, Histories, and Stories of India. Publisher: Seattle, WA: Seattle Art Museum; 2012.

This Outreach Suitcase uses objects related to SAM's collection to help students think critically about how we can understand Indian power structures through myth and stories. The suitcase includes an Educator Resource Guide with background information, looking questions, and activity suggestions introducing Indian stories and art-making practices.

Japan

Suitcase Available: September 9, 2017 - June 21, 2018

Tea in Japan: A Window into the Arts. Publisher: Everett, WA; Schack Art Center; 2006

Explore Japanese culture by handling various objects associated with the tea ceremony. This suitcase contains a hanging scroll, kimono, tea and calligraphy sets, lacquer trays, curriculum guide, and images that describe the importance of this social and cultural event.

Modern and Contemporary Sculpture

Suitcase Available: March 31 - June 21, 2018

(on loan from Seattle Art Museum)

Places, Space, and Faces: Modern and Contemporary Sculpture Outreach Suitcase. Publisher: Seattle, WA: Seattle Art Museum; 2009.

This outreach suitcase inspires students to learn about sculpture from the late 19th century to the contemporary period. With materials samples, tools to make sculptures, hands-on activity suggestions and images from SAM's collection, this suitcase discusses sculptures in and out of the museum setting and explores how this art form reflects ourselves and our place in the world.

Northwest Coast Native American Art

Suitcase Available: September 9, 2017 - June 21, 2018

Values to Live By: A Presentation on Important Life Lessons as Told by Northwest Coast Elders. (This is the 1994 version of the Seattle Art Museum Outreach Suitcase.)

Examine the values of the Northwest Coast peoples, passed on by elders with different tribal affiliations, and relate these values to artwork by contemporary Northwest Coast artists. This suitcase contains a cattail mat, a button blanket, a hand-painted drum, a carved mask, a basket, a wool blanket robe, a DVD, prints, books, and a curriculum guide.

Northwest Coast Native American Art (SAM)

Suitcase Available: March 31 - June 21, 2018

(on loan from Seattle Art Museum)

Values To Live By: Northwest Coast Native American Art and Culture. Publisher: Seattle, WA: Seattle Art Museum; 2008.

Examine the traditional and contemporary art and culture of the Northwest Coast peoples through thought-provoking activities. This suitcase contains a portrait mask, a button blanket, a hand-painted drum, a basket, a wool blanket robe, a model canoe, prints and a CD of images from SAM’s collection, and an Educator Resource Guide.

Philippines

Suitcase Available: January 6 - March 29, 2018

(on loan from Seattle Art Museum)

Trading Traditions: History, Culture, and Exchange. Publisher: Seattle, WA: Seattle Art Museum; 2010.

This suitcase uses art and cultural objects from SAM's collection to discuss how the history of the Philippines can be used as a tool to teach concepts of trade, geography, immigration and cultural heritage. The suitcase suggests engaging activities from Philippine objects such as textiles, musical instruments, games, baskets and folk music and dance CDs, along with images from SAMs collection.