K-12 School Tours

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

Tours at the Norton resume beginning October 2022 until May 2023. At this time, the K-12 school tour form is accepting requests through February 2023. To submit a guided, virtual or self-guided tour request fill out the School Planning Form.

Questions? Please e-mail [email protected].

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Tour Experiences

Guided Tours

In-person tours are student-centered and interactive guided discussions in the galleries through close looking and activities and are designed to support classroom curriculum and teaching objectives. Groups can add an Extended Tour option to their guided tours, which includes an art activity led by a Norton teaching artist in the Museum classrooms.

Home School Tours

Throughout the year, the Norton offers Virtual School Tour and In-Person school tour events for home school families. Tours feature art from the Norton’s Permanent Collection or a special exhibition. Tours offer student-centered and interactive guided discussions through close looking and activities, led by Norton educators.

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Virtual School Tours

This virtual tour is taught live from the galleries and features two to three works of art from the Museum’s permanent collection or special exhibition. Tours offer student-centered and interactive guided discussions through close looking and activities. Tour can focus on the themes of Learning to Look, Stories in Art, STEAM, or Special Exhibitions. Schools may participate using Google Meet, Zoom, or Microsoft Teams. Learn more about our Virtual School Tours here.

Self-Guided School Tours

The Norton offers free self-guided opportunities for middle and high school classes. Self-guided visits allow students to explore works of art independently with their teachers. Educational materials to support self-guided visits can be provided by Norton staff with advanced notice. Self-guided visits are limited to 15 people per timeslot. All students, teachers and chaperones must adhere to the Norton’s COVID-19 policies.

Tour Themes

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.

Grade: K-12
Florida Standards: VA, LA, SS, WL 

Stories 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 Bronze Age to today, and builds understanding of how artists tell stories using color and line, pose and gesture, setting and symbolism. 

Grade: K-12
Florida Standards: VA, LA, SS, WL 

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. 

Grade: K-12
Florida Standards: VA, SC, MA

A Personal View on High Fashion & Street Style: Photographs from the Nicola Erni Collection, 1930s to Now.

October 8, 2022 - February 12, 2023

Marking the first public exhibition of this renowned collection, A Personal View includes nearly 300 works by more than 100 different artists from across the globe. Students will explore the history of fashion and street photography through work by photographers who helped shape our definition of style and culture through photography and media, including Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Vivian Maier, Cindy Sherman, Tommy Ton and Nadine Ijewere. Students will also learn about photography through vintage prints, Polaroids, collages and magazines from the 1930s to the present day.

Grade: 6-12
Standards: VA, LA, SS, WL

Joseph Stella: Visionary Nature

October 15, 2022 - January 15, 2023

How do artists express their connections to the natural world? Students will learn how Italian-American artist Joseph Stella explored nature by combining elements of realism and fantasy. The over 90 paintings and works on paper by Stella in the exhibition include detailed paintings of flora and fauna; delicate silverpoint, colored pencil, and crayon works on paper; atmospheric pastels; and nature-based collages. Students will also consider how experience with travel and memory influenced Stella’s artistic practice.

Grade: K-12
Standards: VA, LA, SS, WL, MA

Educator Opportunities

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For more information please contact: 

Jacqueline Lim-Acosta

Tours Coordinator
(561) 832-5196 x1046
[email protected]

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.