Educational resources from the National Hispanic Cultural Center

The NHCC Art Museum and Visual Arts Program showcases the artworks of diverse Latinx artists and contributes to narrative change in the interest of a more equitable and socially just world. It holds space for untold stories, centering meaningful community representation, and challenges exclusionary discourse about the role of artists of color in American art.

To date, we have exhibited the works of Hispanic, Hispano, Indigenous, Chicano/Chicanx,  American,  Afro American, Latino, Latinx and Latin American artists throughout the United States. We have also celebrated the visual production of Chile, Guatemala, México, Perú, Brasil, Spain, Cuba and the United States. Still, we’ve only covered a small portion of our mission and we are excited to feature more communities and countries in the future.

Our mission to collect, interpret, research and exhibit the works of the entire Hispanic and Latino Diaspora is large and all encompassing. In fulfilling this vision, the NHCC Art Museum Staff is dedicated to making a difference in social justice, equity, and inclusion. No other cultural institution has a mission so broad and deep—touching upon so many countries, communities, and identities.


Visual Arts Curriculum


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.

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 Patssi Valdez

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.


Celebrations

Celebrations

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.


Visual Arts Activities


Hands on Cultura

Hands on Cultura

Join us at home or on the go, using these wonderfully accessible activities for learners of all ages.

How Museums Work

What is a Museum! | ¿Qué es un Museo?

Learn about museums with this wonderful bilingual activity that focuses on planning, designing, and building a model museum out of recycled materials.

The Collection Connection! | ¡La conexión con una colección!

Practice your curatorial skills in this bilingual activity, which explores an important element of museum work: curating.

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.

Make a Piñata Mural or Sculpture! | ¡Haz una Piñata/Escultura!

Inspired by artist Justin Favela, this bilingual activity guides learners of all ages through the process of making a piñata mural or sculpture.

Make a Collage! | ¡Haga un Collage!

Inspired by artist Valerie Roybal, this bilingual activity focuses on making collages and exploring different collage-making techniques.

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
Make a Tapete! | ¡Haz un Tapete!

The bilingual activity Make a Tapete! | ¡Haz un Tapete! explores the tradition of making tapetes de arena (colorful artworks made out of sand) which are most commonly found in Oaxaca, México.

Make Barriletes! | ¡Hacer barriletes!

This bilingual activity focuses on the Guatemalan Festival de Barriletes Gigantes and guides you through the process of making your own barrilete, or kite.

Draw a Myth/Legend! | ¡Dibuja un mito/leyenda!

This bilingual activity, centered around La Calabiuza, an El Salvadoran celebration, provides information about three El Salvadoran myths and legends and guides you through the process of brainstorming and drawing your own myth or legend.

DÍA DE LOS REYES | DÍA DE LOS REYES MAGOS | THREE KINGS’ DAY
Make a Crown! | ¡Hagan una corona!

This bilingual activity explores Día de los Reyes or Día de los Reyes Magos (three kings’ day), also known as the Epiphany, which is celebrated on January 6th across Latin America, in Spain, and by Latinx communities around the world. Follow the procedure to make your own crown and learn more about the celebration.

VALENTINE’S DAY | DÍA DE SAN VALENTÍN
NHCC Valentine’s Day Mad Lib!

Brought to you by the NHCC Visual Arts Department, this Valentine’s Day Mad Lib is a fun activity to try with at least two people.

Valentine’s Day Pop-Up Card! | ¡Tarjeta Emergente de San Valentín!

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with this bilingual card-making activity.