Resources for Teachers

In addition to a field trip to Intuit and our teacher curricula, we recommend the following resources:

Milwaukee Art Museum: The museum has an extensive collection dedicated to folk, self-taught, and outsider art. The website features selected artwork with background information on the artists.

Roger Brown Study Collection: Artist Roger Brown's studio and fascinating collection of art and artifacts, which he donated to the School of the Art Institute Chicago. Appointments are necessary to view the collection.

John Michael Kohler Arts Center: The Kohler Arts Center has been involved in the preservation, study, and exhibition of work by vernacular artists.

House of Blues Chicago: With over a thousand original pieces of folk art, HOB houses one of the largest publicly displayed folk art collections in America.

Online Presentations:
Outsider Art 101
Outsider Art 101 for Kindergarten - Grade 5
Outsider Art 101 for Grades 6 -12

Online Resources for Educators:

Intuit's Artist Biographies: A growing list of biographies featuring the artists in our Permanent Collection
Off the Map: An interactive tour of ten selected environments by inspired artist/builders.
Outsider Art, Folk Art, and Recycled Art Projects: World's Largest Traveling Roadside Attraction and Museum shares exciting lesson plans, such as "Memory Boxes" and "Grapefruit People."
From Windmills to Whirligigs: Created by the Science Museum of Minnesota. This site includes a tour of Vollis Simpson's whirligig farm in North Carolina, and activities that connect art and science.