Grades 3 to 5

All guided visits last forty-five minutes to one hour and are theme-based. Planned as introductory lessons for young visitors, they are focused on active looking and discussion supported by hands-on resources that reinforce ideas and concepts.

  • Sense-Sational Art!
    What would those flowers in a Renaissance painting smell like? What would that corn taste like? What would that lace collar feel like? Students explore artwork from around the world that engages the five senses–sight, hearing, smell, touch, and taste. While we might think of art as being only visual, artists have made artworks that suggest we use more than just our sense of sight. Still life, portraits, landscapes, and sculptures all have specific references to our senses. Students are guided through art with a special emphasis on all senses in order to experience where they can take us.
  • Looking for Clues
    I see a dove but what does that mean? I see a circle and what does that tell me? When is an elephant not an elephant? Artists use signs and symbols to tell stories, but do they have more meaning that just what we see? Starting with familiar objects, this tour helps students develop a deeper understanding of artwork and form a visual vocabulary of symbols. Active observing and complex reasoning skills are encouraged through guided discussion and questioning. Maybe there’s more going on in that painting than what you see. This tour provides students with tools they can use to decode symbols in art.
  • Special Exhibitions
    Deepen your students’ understanding of art by scheduling a guided visit to one or all of the Museum’s special exhibitions. This is a wonderful way for your students to become engaged with original works of art, often on loan to the museum for short periods of time. This year features a fascinating, diverse selection of exhibitions—all “must see” shows! Book early, as space is limited.

Gallery explorations last approximately 1-1/2 hours and utilize hands-on, in-gallery activities to engage students with artworks through a selected theme. Teacher and supervisor assistance is required during the program.

  • Passport to Art
    Grab your passport and join the gallery trip of a lifetime to places near and far, past and present. From the United States to Italy, the Netherlands, India, and more, students compare painting, sculptures, textiles, and architecture from many cultures. This inspirational sightseeing tour will heighten students’ understanding that works of art demonstrate how artists have depicted special people and places in our world. This program promotes writing, listening, and speaking skills through art interaction and art making. Arrive at your final destination with your original hands-on artwork to take home as a reminder of your imaginative journey.
  • From All Angles
    Learn to look at art from a whole different perspective. Welcome to the world of three dimensions where students travel from 9th-century India to 20th-century United States. Along the way, students will discover some of the many techniques, tools, and materials sculptors use to render their visions into reality. To reinforce the concepts explored, students will listen to the sculptural works of Harry Bertoia and touch on a variety of materials used to create sculptures. Both representational and abstract sculptures will be viewed, with students designing their own small-scale sculpture to take back to school.
  • By Design
    How does the everyday object become an extraordinary work of art? Through the museum’s collection of decorative arts and the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, this exploration will engage students with looking at and thinking about what makes a design exceptional. The focus is on how artists create objects that are both beautiful and functional. Students will respond to what they learned by planning a good design and then using a variety of materials to complete their own decorative art piece.
  • Drawing on Experience
    Copying from original works of art was once a popular method for learning the techniques of master artists. After students construct their own art journal, it’s off to explore the museum’s collection and experience this practice firsthand. By studying a 19th- to 20th-century landscape painting, students will use basic drawing techniques to complete a charcoal drawing. Color, shape, line, and texture, and the arrangement of these elements, is often the focus of contemporary abstract artists. A variety of materials will be available for students to experiment with abstraction. Extra pages in the journal will inspire continued art and writing experiences to complement your classroom curriculum.
  • The Wright 3
    Be a super sleuth while learning about one of America’s best-known architects, Frank Lloyd Wright. This tour is inspired by the Scholastic young reader hit The Wright 3 by bestselling author Blue Balliett. In the book, all sorts of odd things start happening when three classmates try to save one of Wright’s architectural masterpieces from demolition. Voices float out of dark rooms, shadows move behind the art-glass windows, and a coded message from the architect himself appears. Through interaction and an inspired art activity, students will get to experience the museum’s real-life story of how the Francis W. Little House Library, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, was preserved and became an important architectural feature of the museum. Come explore Wright’s history and unique architectural design while developing reading skills through the pairing of fact and fiction. A copy of The Wright 3 will be given to each school for their library.