North Carolina Museum of Art Launches NCMALearn to Connect Education and Art

Cloud Chamber
Photo of the Cloud Chamber courtesy of the North Carolina Museum of Art

The North Carolina Museum of Art has created NCMALearn, a new web portal for educators and students designed to facilitate learning in and through the arts using objects in the museum’s permanent collection. The resource launched in time for the new school year, along with a series of teacher workshops, school tours, online courses and virtual field trips.

“More than 100 of the most teachable works of art in the museum’s collection can be searched through different filters to show their relevance across subjects and grade levels, with links to multimedia resources and standards-based lesson plans written by educators,” says Michelle Harrell, director of teaching and learning for the North Carolina Museum of Art.

The museum’s popular Cloud Chamber in the Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park, for example, illustrates the integration of art and science. Artist Chris Drury’s walk-in camera obscura projects an inverted image of the sky on the chamber’s floor. Viewers look down — rather than up — for a view of the sky. Students can also watch a time-lapse video from inside the chamber and view a concept map to connect science, technology, visual arts, the environment, changes in the sky and perspectives of the sky. Learn more and explore the site at


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