School Workshops
New Dimensions Program

The New Dimensions program is a FREE all-day field trip experience for 6th – 12th grade student groups of 10 or more. The program focuses on imparting real-world skills and introducing students to potential career paths. In addition, students are encouraged to utilize technology to explore the museum’s collection.

Finished student work is provided in digital format. Students of all skill and experience levels are welcome to attend the classes.

The program consists of four different offerings. Content will vary depending on the number of days attended and length of each visit.

To schedule a workshop, contact Brent Bellew at 816.751.0418 or bbellew@nelson-atkins.org.

Stop Motion Animation (1-2 days) – This class focuses on storytelling and building creative thinking skills. Students work in small groups to create stop motion animations by utilizing the museum’s collection and bringing a work of art to life. Students create their animations using iStopMotion software and develop video editing skills in iMovie. Additionally, they have the option to add sounds effects, music, and voice recordings. Student work is displayed in the Ford Learning Center for all museum visitors to view.

Curator for a Day (1-2 days) – This class challenges students to think critically about the museum’s collection in relation to a central theme. Teams of students organize their own themed exhibition while exploring the galleries. They create a curatorial statement and write gallery labels for their exhibition. Students also organize their artworks in a virtual 3D gallery space and present their exhibition to the class.

Graphic Design (1-2 days) – This class explores the museum’s collection through digital two-dimensional design methods. Students work individually or in pairs to design their own promotional graphic based on a work of art or specific gallery. Students complete their projects using Adobe Creative Suite software and present their final designs to the class.

3D Design & Printing (1-2 days) – This class encourages students to think three-dimensionally as they build 3D objects inspired by the museum’s collection. Students design an object using Tinkercad software. They learn to construct 3D objects through computer aided design (CAD) methods by combining simple shapes and structures. In addition, students observe how digital models become physical objects by seeing 3D printing in action.

For any questions concerning the New Dimensions program please contact Brent Bellew at 816.751.0418 or bbellew@nelson-atkins.org.


Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost?
Participation is FREE, and Title I schools receive a $200 stipend for each day attended to help with transportation costs.

Who can participate?
Any 6th-12th grade students in public, private or parochial schools and community groups can participate.

How many students can attend?
Workshops are limited to 25 students per visit. If you have a group larger than 25, multiple visits can be scheduled.

When do the workshops take place?
New Dimensions workshops can be scheduled from September through mid-May on any Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. Availability is limited.

How long are the workshops?
Workshops are held between 9 am and 3 pm, but start and ends times can be customized to fit your schedule and needs. A minimum of three hours is required, although sessions can be longer if you’d prefer. You will be contacted by a New Dimensions instructor after registering for a workshop to finalize your attendance dates and times.

Do the workshops include a tour?
Yes, while the tour is different than a typical docent led tour, students will spend a portion of their time in the galleries looking at specific artworks.