K-12 Tours & Workshops

There are two types of student visits: Guided Gallery Tours and Guided Gallery Workshops. Visits take place entirely in the museum galleries where students engage with relevant thematic content and build learning skills such as observation, interpretation, and inference-making. Topics may be adapted for students in grades K-12 and university students when possible. Exceptions are noted.

If you have questions, please contact teachers@cmoa.org.

Guided Gallery Tours

Picture: Students Engaged in GalleryStudents participate in inquiry-based dialogues about thematic groups of artworks with museum educators. Writing is included for some topics.

60-minute tour:
$9 per student

90-minute tour:
$11 per student 

Guided Gallery Tour Topics

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.

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 5 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.

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.

Culture of Ancient Greece and Rome (Grades 3 and up)

This 90-minute tour combines elements of two tours: Exploring Ancient Greece and Rome and Athena to Zeus: Mythology in Ancient Greek and Roman Art. The days of antiquity will come to life as students engage with plaster casts, paintings, and sculptures in the museum's Halls of Architecture and Sculpture, as wells as the Scaife Galleries.

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 (Grades 3 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.

American Art and Culture (Grades 3 and up)

Explore the paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts of American artists from 18th century artworks highlighting the founding ideals of the United States, to 21st century art installations addressing the global issues that impact us today. A focus on regional art and artists may be requested depending on the collection options on view.

Global Art: 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

Picture: Students Engage in WorkshopStudents discuss works of art and experiment with materials to support discussions in the galleries with museum educators. All materials are included in the price.

90-minute workshop:
$11 per student

Two-hour workshop:
$12 per student (recommended)

Guided Gallery Workshop Topics

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

Three-dimensional objects relate to the human body and experience. Discover different ways sculptures and installations interact with space, and experiment with processes artists use to create three-dimensional objects. Students will discuss and interpret a range of sculptures, from classical figures to abstract forms.

People in Art (Grades K-4)

Throughout history, artists have depicted people. Engage in interpretive discussions about portraits to explore ways artists represent different people and times. Create your own unique portrait drawings in response to artwork in the galleries.

Portraits: Exploring Identity (Grades 5 and up)

A portrait can capture the physical likeness of an individual and communicate aspects of their identity. Investigate figurative and abstract compositions that convey unique information about their subjects. Experiment with composition, proportion, and color in your own portrait projects to convey your subject’s identity.

Connections between Art and Math: Proportion, Ratio, and Design

Discover relationships between art and mathematics while analyzing the use of various strategies used by artists and designers, including composition, proportion, and scale. 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 Technique

The Impressionists experimented with color, techniques, 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.

Architecture Past and Present

Architects design our everyday environments, affecting how we live, work, and play. Now students can think like an architect in a new guided gallery workshop. In this 2-hour-only program, students will learn about design choices architects make by exploring the museum’s Halls of Architecture & Sculpture, Heinz Architectural Center, and other engaging spaces around the museum.