School Tours

The Museum offers free tours for grades pre-k through high school from October through May.  Themed tours have accompanying lesson plans that can be completed in the classroom before Museum visits.  Lesson plans are designed to meet Florida Standards and engage students' multiple intelligences. Viewing and discussing original works of art enriches learning and enhances critical thinking skills.

To schedule a tour, call Marcy Koch, Associate Curator of Education at (561) 832-5196, x1198, or use the online contact form, at least three weeks in advance. Please see guidelines and policies to learn more about how to schedule school tours and conducted at the Museum. 

Themed Tours of the Museum Collection
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 and Pablo Picasso, 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 the basics of connecting 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

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, and setting and symbolism. (3-12) la, va, ss, sc, ma
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Animals in Art
Take your students on a safari through the Museum Collection to see how artists from around the world have depicted real and imaginary animals in sculptures and paintings. Themes of this popular tour and arts-integrated lessons include mythical beasts from Europe and Asia; the horse in ancient societies, and animals in their environments, including Dale Chihuly’s glass artwork, Persian Sea Life Ceiling(k-4) va, la, ss, sc, ma
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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.  James Chapin’s popular painting, Ruby Green Singing, as well as works from Europe and China, are featured on this tour. (4-9) va, la, ss, sc, ma
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The American Experience: the 20th Century
Students view and discuss American sculptures and paintings by artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe and Edward Hopper related to major events that helped shape the United States in the last century. Themes including human rights, social issues, geography, and innovation engage students in thinking critically about social studies and works of art. (4–12) va, la, ss, sc, ma
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Special Exhibition Tours
 

The Summer of ’68:  Photographing the Black Panthers
Through November 29, 2015
Featuring photography by Pirkle Jones and Ruth Marion Baruch, this exhibition documents events that marked the ascent of the Black Panther Party in the U.S. during the tumultuous year of 1968, and highlights the organization’s work as a catalyst for social change in Oakland, CA.  (9-12) va, la, ss

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles 
Through January 10, 2016
This exhibition, which features more than 200 items, including model planes, trains, and automobiles, design drawings, concept sketches, advertising art, and posters, focuses on 20th-century transportation design, and highlights the designers who created the look of the vehicles that transformed travel. (k-8) va, ma, sc, ss, la

New Women: Four New York Modernists: 1910­–1935 
February 18-May 15, 2016
Georgia O’Keeffe, Florine Stettheimer, Helen Torr, and Marguerite Zorach were artists working in New York between 1910 -1935.  This exhibition is a first-time exploration of their work and careers in relation to one another.  It compares their different approaches to art and how their identity as women shaped their daily lives and influenced their art. (6-12) va, sc, ss, la

This Place: Israel Through Photography’s Lens
October 15, 2015-January 17, 2016
This photography exhibition offers a fresh glimpse beyond the headlines into the land of Israel and the lives of the people inhabiting it. The images do not shy away from the differences between Israeli and Palestinian communities, but also focus on the shared humanity of all who call this place home.  (6-12) va, sc, ss, la

Degas and van Gogh on View
October 2015-May 2016
This year, the Norton Museum of Art will exhibit two masterpieces on reciprocal loan from other museums: a portrait by Edgar Degas and a landscape by Vincent van Gogh. If you are calling to reserve a Highlights Tour for your students, ask that your docent include these works.  


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