2020-21 Faculty Guide

The RISD Museum staff looks forward to providing curricular support for your coursesin-person, virtual, or hybrid; synchronous, asynchronous, or both. In 2020-21, we recognize our university partners are working within a variety of institutional solutions to the constraints of the pandemic. We are committed to flexible, innovative strategies for continuing existing partnerships or working together for the first time. Explore suggested models below, then reach out to us to realize your ideas or develop new pedagogies.

Pedagogical Approaches

First, reflect on:

  • What are your learning goals for the museum experience?
  • Are you teaching online, in-person, or hybrid?
  • Are you teaching synchronously or asynchronously?
  • How many students do you have, and in what ways would you like students to engage with each other through your museum experience?
  • Do your students require any accommodations?

Next, consider the following suggested engagement formats:

Options and Processes

Through our online collection, you have access to tens of thousands of works of art and design. Search or browse to find and download images for your classroom and associated interpretive text and related publications. Browse a full list of works currently on view and works that will added to the galleries, with detailed dates and gallery locations, here. In addition to this resource, you can also support your teaching with our extensive digital projects and publications.

Explore the collection

The RISD Museum is open to the RISD community for individual visits and self-guided groups during the fall and spring semesters and to our college & university members on a phased schedule to ensure the safety of our staff and visitors. The spring opening date for RISD in-person visits is March 3. We are implementing guidelines for visiting that align with RISD's health and safety protocols. Group visits to the museum are only available for self-guided RISD classes and are limited to 10 individuals to accommodate reduced gallery capacities. These visits must be booked at least two weeks in advance to allow for necessary planning and safety measures. 

 We encourage RISD faculty to consider alternatives to group visits, such as assignments for their students to visit individually, which may precede a classroom conversation led by the faculty member or a virtual exploration of selected works facilitated by a museum staff member (see more below).

Request a self-guided group visit

We are happy to develop a virtual guided visit with museum staff; object-based class sessions can be arranged using existing images of works from the collection. These virtual visits require additional staff preparation and must be booked at least three weeks in advance.

Request a guided virtual visit

Reach out to us at museum-academic@risd.edu to discuss any of these possibilities and determine what might be the best fit for your course. We’re happy to help you determine the best way to connect, point you to relevant digital content or works in the collection, review detailed visiting procedures, help you develop a self-guided assignment, describe how we can set up conversations via zoom or an asynchronous platform, and more. 

Admission and virtual visits for staff, faculty, & students of RISD or member institutions are free. Please review pricing and our current member institutions prior to requesting a virtual visit. All faculty arranging a group visit must be able to produce contact information for the students attending upon request. Masks and physical distancing measures are mandatory in the galleries. Additional details regarding ticketing and entry procedures will be announced soon.

Virtual Open Hours and Office Hours

The staff of our Costume & Textiles and Prints, Drawings & Photographs study centers have transitioned their weekly open hours to a virtual format, and staff from conservation, education, installation, and other curatorial departments are now also offering weekly virtual office hours. Students are welcome to schedule half-hour Zoom meetings to learn more about museum practice and to view images and discuss objects in the collection to support their research and inspire their creative practice. 

The following departments are currently offering office hours:
Costume & Textiles; Prints, Drawings, & Photographs; Asian Art; Ancient Art; Contemporary Art; Decorative Arts & Design; Painting & Sculpture; Conservation; Education; Preparation and Installation; Registration

Learn more and request a one-on-one Zoom meeting here.