Educational resources from the National Hispanic Cultural Center

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Standards-Based Lesson Plans

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Visual Arts Lesson Plans

How Museums Work

How Museums Work

An entire world awaits inside the walls of a museum.  Exciting discoveries, beautiful artwork, careers in the arts . . . the list is endless! This lesson theme is perfect for introducing your students (and yourself) to the wonderful world of museums.

The Collection Connection: Become a Curator

The Collection Connection: Become a Curator lesson plan is for students of all ages and covers Visual Arts and Language Arts content areas. With this lesson plan, students will learn about museum curators and exhibits, create two original works of art that relate to a specific theme, and curate their peers’ artwork.

Museums are places that tell stories, facilitate experiences, and educate communities about a variety of subjects. There are many different types of museums here in New Mexico and around the world. The Design Your Own Museum lesson plan challenges students to consider what their own museum could look like and includes visual arts and mathematics standards.

Ask a Curator—Jadira Gurulé

Learn more about the curatorial process from an NHCC Art Museum Exhibition Curator: Jadira Gurulé! This interview can be enjoyed on its own or as a supplement to the How Museums Work lesson plan series.

Inspired by Artists

Inspired by Artists

This lesson plan collection finds its inspiration from artists whose work is in the NHCC Art Museum permanent collection. The Art Museum’s growing collection is currently home to over 3000 artworks from around the globe. Each artwork reflects the diversity of the Latina/o/x experience in all of its vibrant creativity and the artists utilize a range of media and materials.

Inspired by the artist Patssi Valdez, this lesson plan consists of three activities for students and covers Visual Arts and Speaking and Listening content areas. Through this lesson plan, students can learn about Patssi Valdez and her artistry while creating art of their own.

Make a Piñata

Inspired by the piñateros and their piñatas featured in the NHCC Art Museum’s permanent collection, explore the long-standing tradition of piñata-making in your classroom using materials found at home! The activity included in this lesson plan is not an example of traditional piñata making but rather a modern take using recyclable materials.



This collection of lesson plans explores a wide range of holiday traditions and celebrations from a variety of regions and cultures!

Día de los Muertos | Day of the Dead

Día de los Muertos, Oaxaca, México

A lesson plan for all ages that covers Visual Arts, Social Studies, and Mathematics content areas. Make a Tapete! explores the tradition of making tapetes de arena (colorful artworks made out of sand) which are most commonly found in Oaxaca, México.

Festival de Barriletes Gigantes, Guatemala

The lesson plan Make a Barrilete! centers on the Guatemalan Festival de Barriletes Gigantes and is for all ages, centering on the content areas of  Visual Arts, Social Studies, Mathematics, and Science. Barriletes gigantes, or giant kites, soar high above open fields and cemeteries in this colorful observance that celebrates the memory of deceased family and friends, honors Mayan traditions, and addresses contemporary social issues.

La Calabiuza, El Salvador

La Calabiuza is an El Salvadoran festival that is over 100 years old and blends the Catholic holy day of All Saints Day (brought over by the Spaniards in the 1500s) with Indigenous traditions. This lesson plan is for all ages and covers the content areas of Visual Arts, Language Arts, and Social Studies. Students will learn about El Salvadoran myths and the structure of myths, and then design their own mythological characters.

Language Arts and Social Studies Lesson Plans

Mundos de Mestizaje

K-12 Curriculum for Mundos de Mestizaje

By engaging with online images and video of a fresco by master-artist Frederico Vigil, children and young adults explore history, geography, civics, government, literature, and economics through lesson plans and activities.

Language Arts Lesson Plans

Language Arts Lesson Plans

Dive into an array of standards-based Language Arts lesson plans from NHCC Learning!

Leading the Way: Finding Inspiration in the Work of Dolores Huerta and César Chávez

In this lesson plan, students will learn about leadership through the context of César Chávez, Dolores Huerta, and the farm workers movement. Available in English and Spanish!

Social Studies Lesson Plans

Social Studies Lesson Plans

Dive into an array of standards-based Social Studies lesson plans from NHCC Learning!

Leading the Way: Finding Inspiration in the Work of Dolores Huerta and César Chávez

In this lesson plan, students will learn about leadership through the context of César Chávez, Dolores Huerta, and the farm workers movement. Available in English and Spanish!