School Tours

Viewing and discussing original works of art enriches learning and enhances critical thinking skills. The Museum offers free tours for grades pre-k through high school from September through May.  Themed tours include accompanying teacher resource guides that can be reviewed in the classroom before or after Museum visits. The guides are designed to meet Florida Standards and engage students’ multiple intelligences.

To schedule a tour, call (561) 832-5196, x1146 at least three weeks in advance. Please see guidelines and policies.

Themed Tours of the Museum Collection

About Face! Portraits 
Portraits can reveal more than meets the eye.  Students examine how artists have portrayed individuals in sculpture and painting, and learn how a portrait can reveal social and historical meanings.  Portraits also can communicate what people thought and felt, as well as how they were perceived by their contemporaries.   Artworks from the United States, Europe, and China are featured on this tour. (4-9) va, la, ss, sc, ma
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Highlights From the Museum Collection 
The Museum Collection includes American, Chinese, Contemporary, and European art, and Photography. This tour offers an overview of the Museum’s major artworks, including paintings by Claude Monet, Georgia O’Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, and other iconic artists, while providing an introduction to museums and their roles in the community.  
(k–12) va, la, ss, sc, ma
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Learning to Look
What does it take to truly see a work of art?  Students practice their critical thinking skills and learn to connect with works of art by looking closely, learning a vocabulary to describe and make meaning out of what they see, engaging in discussion, and discovering personal connections.  Learn to use the Museum as a place for learning and fun. 
(k-5) va, la, ss, sc, ma

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Storytelling in Art 
In every culture, visual artists tell stories through art to share knowledge and inspire other peoples’ imaginations.  This tour includes sculptures and paintings from the Renaissance to the contemporary world, and builds students’ awareness of how artists tell stories using color and line, pose and gesture, setting and symbolism.      
(3-12) la, va, ss, sc, ma

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Pen to Paper – Artists’ Handwritten Letters from the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art
April 18, 2017 - June 25, 2017

Just as putting pen to paper to create a line in a drawing is an artistic act, so is writing a letter. Pen to Paper, a selection from the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art, reveals the beauty and intimacy of the craft of letter writing.  From casually jotted notes to elaborately decorated epistles, Pen to Paper explores the handwriting of celebrated artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Claus Oldenburg, Robert Motherwell, Mayfield Parrish, Edward Weston, and many others.  Students will observe, analyze and discuss ideas related to handwritten letters as primary sources, and explore corresponding works of art as part of a Highlights from the Collection or a Learning to Look tour.
(6–12), va, la, ss

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See Also
School Tour and Museum Guidelines
Artist Nick Cave Classroom Activity