Programs at The Norton

K-12

The Museum invites all K-12 audiences to engage in and explore the Norton collection through themed tours that connect to Florida Sunshine State Standards. All learning levels welcome. We look forward to seeing you and your students at the Norton!

School Tours

Tour Rules and Guidelines

Admission is free for school groups.

School tour reservations must be made at least three weeks in advance. 

Free busing for school trips to the Norton Museum is available for PBCSD schools; call for details.

All tours are docent-led. However, middle school and high school teachers can self-tour the Museum Collection if they call to schedule at least three weeks in advance.

After booking your tour, you will receive tour information and details from the Education staff.

Arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled start time to check-in.

The maximum group size is 60-80 students depending upon the tour and availability.

One chaperone for every 10 students is required; a maximum of two chaperones per every 10 students may accompany the group.

There are designated areas in the Museum’s Garden for lunch, please reserve space when you book your tour.

In the event that you must cancel your visit, please email hatchv@norton.org or call (561) 832-5196 x1154 as soon as possible.

We cannot extend your guided tour because of late arrival. Please contact us to reschedule your field trip by calling (561) 832-5196 x1154.

If you don’t see an appropriate tour for your students, please contact the Education Department to discuss your ideas by calling (561) 832-5196 x1154.

Teacher and professional development opportunities are also available through the Education Department.

Learning to Look

What does it take to truly see a work of art?  Students practice critical thinking skills and connect with works of art by looking closely, learning new vocabulary to describe what they see, discussing points of view, and discovering personal connections. Students come to understand the Museum as a place for learning and fun. Teachers may request an “extended tour,” allowing an extra hour for students to work on a related project or draw in the Garden.

Florida Standards: (K-12) VA, LA, SS, SC, MA

Storytelling in Art

In every culture, visual artists tell stories through art to share knowledge and viewpoints, and to inspire others. This tour features works of art from the Renaissance to today, and builds understanding of how artists tell stories using color and line, pose and gesture, setting and symbolism. Teachers may request an “extended tour,” allowing an extra hour for students to work on a related project or draw in the Garden.

Florida Standards: (K-12) VA, LA, SS, SC, MA

STEAM Tour

Cultivate creative thinking and enhance STEM curriculum though the Norton’s STEAM tour. Students make connections between the arts, math, and science through careful observation and discussion. Students explore the architecture of the Museum and original works of art from the Bronze Age to the present. Teachers may request an “extended tour,” allowing an extra hour for students to work on a related project or draw in the Garden.

Florida Standards: (K-12) VA, LA, SS, SC, MA

Nina Chanel Abney

Introduce students to the art of Nina Chanel Abney, part of the RAW (Recognition of Art by Women) exhibition series. The tour also features artworks by other contemporary women who address social and political issues. Teachers may request an “extended tour,” allowing an extra hour for students to work on a related project or draw in the Garden.

This seventh exhibition in the RAW series is made possible by the continuing generosity of the Leonard and Sophie Davis Fund/ML Dauray Arts Initiative.

Florida Standards: (9-12) VA, SS

For more information please call: 

Veronica Hatch

Assistant to the Associate Curator of Education
(561) 832-5196 x1154

This program was made possible by the generosity of the Itto Willits Charitable Foundation, with additional support provided by The William Randolph Hearst Endowment Fund for Education and Outreach Programs.