K-12 Tours & Workshops

There are two kinds of student visits: Guided Gallery Tours and Guided Gallery Workshops. All visits take place entirely in the museum galleries where students engage with relevant content and build learning skills such as observation, interpretation, and inference-making. Gallery Workshops also include experimentation with art materials to support discussions.  

If you have questions, please contact Becky Gaugler at gauglerb@cmoa.org, Laurie Barnes at barnesl@cmoa.org, or Hattie Lehman at lehmanh@cmoa.org.

Guided Gallery Tours

k12tours1Students participate in inquiry-based dialogues about thematic groups of artworks with museum educators. Writing may be included on specific tours. 

60-minute tour: $9/student
90-minute tour: $10/student



Topics may be adapted for students in grades K–12 and university students when possible. 


Looking and Learning
This tour is ideal for the first time art museum visitor, but also is a great way to see a range of the collection with any group! This tour engages students in careful observation, discussion, and interpretation of objects from a variety of time periods and parts of the world. Students strengthen critical thinking skills by learning to articulate their ideas about what they see and share those insights with classmates.


NEW! Looking to Write (Grades 3 and up; 90-minute tour recommended)
Make thoughtful observations and interpretations through engaging writing activities. A variety of writing prompts are a fun way for students to explore objects from different time periods and cultures while making connections to curricular objectives, and to think creatively. (Poetry connections may be made if requested in advance.) 


Art Inspires Narrative Writing (Grades 6 and up; 90-minute tour)
Find a cure for writer's block! Discuss and write about works of art to identify and analyze depictions of character, setting, theme, and plot. Writing prompts allow students to practice developing their own narratives as a framework for original writing back in the classroom.  

Learn more about the structure of our Art Inspires Narrative Writing tour and how to extend the program through pre- and post-visit activities in your classroom. Art Inspires Narrative Writing Tour PDF  

Impressionism: An Artistic Revolution
Consider works by major Impressionist painters to discover why their innovative subjects and techniques captured personal experiences of the late-19th-century’s social, scientific, and industrial revolutions. (This tour is also fitting for French-language classes.)

Exploring Ancient Greece and Rome (Grades 3 and up)
Discover the origins of democracy through ancient Greek and Roman casts in the museums’ Halls of Architecture and Sculpture. Learn about the principles of visual balance and harmony, and compare works of antiquity to classically inspired artwork from later centuries to discover the ancient world’s ongoing influence.

Athena to Zeus: Mythology in Ancient Greek and Roman Art (Grades 3 and up)
Engage with examples of paintings, sculptures, and architecture from antiquity to the present that represent mythological stories and figures from the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. Learn the importance of mythology in the ancient world and how it has helped to explain life experiences for humans throughout history.

European Art and Culture (Grade 5 and up)
Paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts spanning ten centuries of European history offer many curricular connections. Discover the evolution of art and how changing lifestyles, politics, and belief systems find expression in new artistic subjects, styles, and techniques. Spanish, German, Italian, or French focus may be requested depending on the collection options on view.

Art of the 20th and 21st Centuries
Students investigate and analyze art from the 20th and 21st centuries, a period that witnessed an explosion of new media, ranging from modernist canvas paintings to video installations. Practice aesthetic and critical response through discussions about the intersection of art and contemporary experience. 



Guided Gallery Workshops

k12tours3Students discuss works of art and engage in related art-making activities in the galleries with museum educators. All materials are included in the price.

Two-hour workshop: $12/student





Topics may be adapted for students in grades K–12 and university students when possible.  


Artists’ Choices: The Creative Process
Consider a selection of objects in the galleries, experiment with a variety of materials in a sketchbook, and make observations about the impact of artists’ choices on the work’s effect and possible interpretations. This tour is ideal for the first time art museum visitor who wants to have a hands-on experience, but also is a great way to see a range of the collection with any group! 


Art in Three Dimensions
Discover, analyze, and sketch sculptural forms that represents a range of real and abstract subjects. Explore these three-dimensional objects through discussion and experimentation with a variety of art materials in the galleries. 


A portrait can capture both a physical likeness and less tangible aspects such as personality, character, and social status. Engage in interpretive discussions of a variety of paintings and sculptures depicting people, then experiment with composition, proportion, and color in a small-scale portrait. 

Connections between Art and Math: Proportion, Ratio, and Design (Grades 3 and up)
Discover relationships between art and mathematics while analyzing the use of various strategies used by artists and designers, including proportion, ratio, pattern, and symmetry. Discussions and related art-making activities focus on a variety of objects including paintings, figurative sculpture, architecture, and decorative arts objects.  

Impressionism: Experimenting with Color and Brushstroke
The Impressionists experimented with color, brushstroke, and composition to capture observations of daily experiences in ways that broke with tradition and conveyed modern life. Analyze the technical innovations of Impressionists’ paintings and experiment with materials in response to their work in the galleries. 

Create Your Own Myth (Grade 3 and up)
Athena, Zeus, and Nike are among the towering mythological figures represented in the museum’s collection. Explore the role of myths from objects from ancient Rome and Greece, and those inspired by them from later generations. Discover the way symbolism and physical characteristics convey personality and mythical powers in order to create heroes and myths in drawings and clay relief sculpture.