Virtually Connect to Joslyn

Synchronous distance learning programs are temporarily suspended. Virtual tour options, and other resources to support distance learning, will be posted soon. Please stay tuned!

JOSLYN'S DISTANCE LEARNING program offers teachers and students the opportunity to virtually visit the Museum to learn about highlights of the collection. Joslyn continues to develop program topics as we reach out to more classrooms.

These free programs feature a Joslyn artwork and engaging interaction between your students (minimum 10) and Joslyn's Education staff.

Object Explorations
(Grades K-12; 15 minutes)

These broadcasts feature one object from Joslyn's collection to share highlights about the artwork and artist (if known). They are a great way to kick off your artful lesson plan or infuse your curriculum with art history. Don't see an object you would like to study? Ask us to see if an exploration can be made available. Select More Details for a list of available artworks.  


Art Criticism
(Grades 3 to 5; 30 minutes) 

For these connections, work with a Joslyn educator to select a work of art to examine with your class. We will use this art criticism method--describe, analyze, interpret, and evaluate--to study the object and engage in an educated discussion about art. Together, you and your students will discover how to use this method and will be encouraged to try this with artworks in your classroom or school.

Jesús Moroles's The Omaha Riverscape Lesson
(Grades 3 to 5; 30 minutes)  Learn about Moroles as well as discuss his installation in terms of inspiration, materials, and scale.


Qing Dynasty's Eight-Panel Screen Lesson
(Grades 6 to 8; 45 minutes)

Learn about how the Qing Dynasty (1644–1912) formed and their significant contributions to Chinese history and culture. During this connection from the gallery, students will be introduced to the Qing Dynasty’s Eight-Panel Screen in Joslyn’s collection and will explore its different sections - examining traditional Chinese family life, bird and flower rebuses, anatomy of the Chinese dragon, Manchu characters, and orchids’ and grasses’ symbolism. Throughout the lesson, students will be challenged to use critical thinking skills to respond to open questions and creative skills for sketching activities. Together, we will solve the mystery of why this screen was likely created.

Technology Requirements
Computer or tablet with the ability to project screen, webcam, microphone, and speakers; connection is via Zoom, a web-based cloud platform; test connection prior to scheduled lesson is required.

Four weeks advance notice required.

What's pictured: (top to bottom) Rembrandt van Rijn,  (Dutch, 1606–1669), Portrait of Dirck van Os, ca. 1685, oil on canvas, 40 3/4 x 34 1/2 in., Museum purchase, 1942.30; Jesus Moroles (American, born 1950), The Omaha Riverscape, 2008–09, granite and water installation with academy black granite reflecting pool; three column fountains of Mountain Red, Carnelian, and Dakota Mahogany granite; and Dakota Mahogany Granite water wall, Museum purchase with funds from Patron Circle for Contemporary Art and Helen & Ted Kolderie; Artist unknown (Chinese, 18th century), Eight-Panel Screen (front), Kangxi period (1662–1722), early 18th century, carved red lacquer, gold inlaid brown lacquer, and wood, 6 1/2 x 10 ft., Collection of Joslyn Art Museum, Partial Gift of Mr. Anunt Hengtrakul and Museum Purchase with funds, 2005.13.a-h