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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.   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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