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Outreach Suitcases

SAM 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. Click on the title of the suitcase to see an overview of that suitcase.

To reserve a suitcase, please use our online suitcase order form.

Art of identity, expression, and adornment : Africa outreach suitcase
Publisher: Seattle, WA : Seattle Art Museum; 2010.
This suitcase introduces students to art belonging to many different cultures across the African continent. Students will examine how objects can reveal a person's status, personality, and customs while relating these objects to their own lives and experiences. The suitcase contains objects connected to the works of art from the Seattle Art Museumís collection as well as hands-on activities and a comprehensive resource guide. (SUITCASE AFRICA)

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 resource guide with background information, looking questions, and activity suggestions, along with a CD and prints of images from SAM's collection. (SUITCASE ASIA)

Bridging ancient cultures
Publisher: Seattle, WA : Seattle Art Museum; 2013.
Explore the diverse cultures and artistic traditions of the ancient world, including Latin and South America, the Mediterranean region, India, and China. This suitcase includes replicas of ancient art objects, background information, questions to consider, suggested activities, and a CD and prints of images of works SAM's collection. (SUITCASE ANCIENT)

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. (SUITCASE ELEMENTS)

Made in America : exploring American history through art
Publisher: Seattle, WA : Seattle Art Museum; 2009.
SAMís American art suitcase focuses on works of art from the 17th through the 19th 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 Reconstruction. The suitcase includes an Educator Resource Guide, replicas of artworks and other touchable items, a CD and prints of related images from SAMís collection, and materials for hands-on art activities. (SUITCASE AMERICA)

Origins : myths, histories and stories of India
Publisher: Seattle, WA : Seattle Art Museum; 2012.
This Outreach Suitcase uses objects related to SAMís 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. (SUITCASE INDIA)

Passing down traditions
Publisher: Seattle, WA: Seattle Art Museum; 2009.
Use an embroidery panel, shadow puppets, a calligraphy kit and scroll, and a porcelain bowl to explore how traditions from Imperial China still impact Chinese culture today. Additional resources include an Educator Resource Guide, several support CDs, prints, books, and stencils. (SUITCASE CHINA)

Places, spaces, 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 a CD and prints of related images, this suitcase discusses sculptures in and out of the museum setting and explores how this art form reflects us and our place in the world. (SUITCASE SCULPTURE)

Tea in Japanese culture : a window into the arts
Publisher: Seattle, WA : Seattle Art Museum; 2009.
Explore Japanese art, history, and culture by handling various objects associated with tea and the tea ceremony. This suitcase contains objects from the traditional tea ceremony, along with items from Japan today, to illustrate the lasting impact of this important cultural activity. The suitcase also includes books, a CD and prints of images from SAM's collection, and an Educator Resource Guide with activity suggestions. (SUITCASE JAPAN)

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 a CD and prints of images from SAMís collection. (SUITCASE PHILIPPINES)

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 carved portrait mask, a button blanket, a hand-painted drum, a carved mask, a basket, a wool blanket robe, a model canoe, audio-visual support materials, a CD and prints of images of objects from SAMís collection, and an Educator Resource Guide. (SUITCASE NORTHWEST)

Ways of seeing : Australian and Oceanic art outreach suitcase
Publisher: Seattle, WA : Seattle Art Museum; 2012.
This Outreach Suitcase will bring 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 studentsí 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. (SUITCASE AUSTRALIAN/OCEANIC)

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