MoPOP's In-Museum workshops support students in using the universe of pop culture to inspire curiosity, invite open dialogue, foster collaboration and creative thinking, and discover the life-changing force of creative expression.
In-Museum workshops are hands-on and student-centered, linking WA State's core learning objectives and 21st-century skills with pop culture.
At MoPOP, we strive to create welcoming spaces for learning. Before your workshop booking, our educators will reach out to get to know more about your students' learning styles and group culture. In addition, MoPOP education offers Sensory Kit items like fidget toys and headphones for In-Museum workshops.
Shape Shifters: The Art and Math of Costume Design
Grades: Kinder to 2nd
Investigate how costume designers weave stories using art and math. Students will become designers working collaboratively to craft costumes with life-size mannequins to manipulate, transform, and build composite shapes using different fabric textures and clothing accessories.
Educators, this workshop would be great for your students if you are learning about: shapes, color theory, composition, visual arts, character archetypes or tropes, or storytelling through design.
Hero’s Journey to
Grades: 3rd to 5th
Watch your students bloom into inspired storytellers while exploring, comparing, and contrasting the individual centered Hero’s Journey and the collaborative Collective Journey story structures! Students will use imagination and creativity to connect with story structures through their favorite pop culture examples. They’ll also celebrate their own identities while creating fantasy characters and embarking on a journey together to problem-solve as a collective community.
Educators, this workshop would be great for your students if you are learning about: Story Building/Writing, Hero’s Journey story structure, Collective Journey story structure, character archetypes, writing narratives, or language arts.
Architecture Tour: Inside MoPOP
Grades: 3rd to 8th
Discover the art and science of designing buildings by exploring MoPOP’s architecture. Students will dive into the cross sectors of art, engineering, and space building as they learn about Frank Gehry’s designs. On a walking tour of MoPOP, students will get a behind-the-scenes scoop of every nook and cranny and analyze in person a newly recognized historical building. Then, they'll use that inspiration to solve their own design challenges!
Educators, this workshop would be great for your students if you are learning about: art, engineering, architecture, visual arts, or universal space design.
Grades: 3rd to 12th
What can games like Minecraft teach us about establishing a community and our roles in building relationships? From creating basic survival needs to sharing surpluses and asking for help, students will investigate how communities form, develop, and grow using simulated habitats in an interactive, real-life game environment.
Educators, this workshop would be great for your students if you are learning about: Community, civics, economics, sustainability, history, or social studies.
This Machine Kills Fascists: Pop Culture and Activism
Grades: 9th to 12th
From musicians who use songs as a call to action to photographers who use images as protest, pop culture plays a critical role in activism. Students will analyze different pop culture works, and the "machines" creative folx have produced that we all can use to make a difference. Then, they will explore their skills and interests to process collective anger, raise awareness, and let their voices be heard through crafted personal social justice statements.
Educators, this workshop would be great for your students if you are learning about: photography, activism, social justice, writing or individual and collective impact.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Please find all associated information regarding our In-Museum workshops below:
- Watch our Know Before You Go video before visiting!
- All guests must follow the museum’s current COVID-19 policies.
- In-Museum workshops or Groups Tours need to be scheduled two weeks in advance, groups larger then 50 students may be required to have more lead time for scheduling depending on space availability.
- In-Museum workshop capacity is 30 students. If your group of students is more than 30, we will work with you to schedule multiple workshops.
- In-Museum workshops are 45 to 60 minute long educational experiences!
- Food is important for fueling fun! No outside food or beverage is permitted at MoPOP so please plan accordingly. There are areas around Seattle center where your group may eat before or after your visit. Ask us while booking your In-Museum workshop and will be happy to share directions to spaces.
- There are multiple areas around Seattle Center where free parking is available. Please ask for a map. MoPOP does not have designated parking for school buses.
- Students must stay with their chaperones for the duration of the MoPOP visit. MoPOP requires all groups to maintain student to chaperone ratios during their visit.
- Bring things to take notes on what you see or learn! Leave extra items behind. MoPOP storage bins are limited to two-hour reservations.
- Photos are welcome, just please do not use flash.
In-Museum workshops are available beginning at 9:30 AM and are scheduled based on your group’s arrival time. Each workshop lasts approximately one hour and includes classroom and gallery explorations. In-Museum workshops and groups tours need to be scheduled two weeks in advance. In-Museum workshop capacity is 30 students. If your group of students is more than 30, we will work with you to schedule multiple workshops.
Workshops cost $110 per class of up to 30 students. Museum admission is paid separately to workshop fee.
Transportation reimbursement is available to limited number of qualified groups. To be considered please complete the application form three weeks before your scheduled visit.
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