Grades 6 to 8

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.

  • 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 one-and-a-half hours and utilize hands-on, in-gallery activities to engage students with artwork through a selected theme. Teacher and supervisor assistance is required during the program.

  • 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 nineteenth- to twentieth-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, are 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.