Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Bechtler In-School Artist Residencies bring artists directly into classrooms. These residencies place trained, knowledgeable, practicing teaching artists into schools to share the benefits of the creative process. Needs addressed by each artist residency are: 1) engaging students as active participants in learning; 2) enhancing arts and classroom curricula and developing arts literacy; 3) increasing the scope and quality of arts education; and 4) connecting schools with community art resources and organizations through partnerships.

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art provides a look at rarely seen works of 20th-century modern art, most of which has previously been held in the private Bechtler family collection. The collection offers a unique opportunity to engage school students in active learning using artworks of international renown and merit as educational tools.

Proof of insurance available upon request. ASC does NOT hold current documentation.



  420 S. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202



Niki de Saint Phalle Ceramic Spirit Animals

Program description

Students will learn about French-American artist, Niki de Saint Phalle, best known for her whimsical oversized sculptures, including The Firebird located at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. The residency will begin with a presentation on the life and work of Saint Phalle, discussing her use of animals in her artwork. Then, the students will use positive personality traits to choose a “spirit animal” as the focus of their sculpture. After sketching out their ideas, students will create a clay sculpture based on the design of The Firebird. As a supplement to your experience, you will receive a study guide that provides information on Saint Phalle, arts vocabulary, as well as pre and post ‘Visual Thinking Strategies’ written assessment for students.

Booking / scheduling contact

Mykell Gates


Program detail
Artistic discipline: Visual Arts
Cultural Origin: American, European
Program type: Residency
Population served: Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9
Subject: Engineering, Language Arts, Literacy, Science, Social Studies / History, Visual Arts
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Please contact to inquire about available dates.

Available times:


Length of program: 6 classroom visits, 45 to 60 minutes
Space / technical requirements:

Projector/SmartBoard for powerpoint presentation.


On-site at school.

Fees / Ticketing:

This 6-day Residency is $1,200 for one class, and $875 for each additional class. The cost includes all teaching materials and travel.


NC Standard Course of Study:

W1 – Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence. Students will complete a pre and post written assessment using Visual Thinking Strategies. In the VTS approach to learning, students are asked to answer three open-ended questions. The questions, “What’s going on in this picture?”, “What do you see that makes you say that?”, and, “What more can we find?” lead them to look carefully at works of art, talk about what they observe, back up their ideas with evidence, and discuss multiple possible interpretations of the work. W5 – Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach. Students will complete a pre and post written assessment using Visual Thinking Strategies. The students will complete this written assessment initially, before being introduced to the content of the residency, and then once more after learning the content and completing the program. SL1 – Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively. Students will increase their speaking and listening skills by participating in class discussions about Andy Warhol.

NC Essential Standards:

From the Arts Education, Visual Arts K-8 Standards: K-8.V.1 – Use the language of visual arts to communicate effectively. Through classroom discussions about the artwork of Andy Warhol and the two different printmaking techniques, students will increase their art vocabulary and communication skills. K-8.V.2 – Apply creative and critical thinking skills to artistic expression. Students will design and create prints inspired by Warhol’s artwork. K-8.V.3 – Create art using a variety of tools, media, and processes, safely and appropriately. Students will work with several types of media during this two day processes. Specifically, they will create sketches using pencils and paper. They will produce prints utilizing silk-screens and etched monoprints.


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes
Cancellation Policy

Written cancellation for program must be sent to and received no later than 10 days prior to the start date of the program. If the program is cancelled after the 10 day deadline, then a $500 cancellation fee will be required. No phone calls, please.