School Tour Themes:
ART IN NARRATIVE FORM: K-12
Discover the narrative, language, poetry, and symbols or art, or focus on the interaction between literature, text, and art. Every work of art is an exciting story waiting to be understood. Students learn how to “read” the visual language of art by looking closely at the tools used by artists such as pose, props, expression, line, shape, color. Active looking and discussion engages students appropriately from K-12.
THE ART OF MAKING ART: K-12
Art classes, science classes, and language arts classes in particular, will enjoy this tour that looks closely at the artists’ hand. From brush strokes to glazes, students will make close observations about the process of making the objects on exhibition at the Arkansas Arts Center.
LEARNING TO LOOK: K-12
This exciting tour engages students in looking closely at works of art and making important discoveries about the visual stories being told. “Learning to Look” tours are made to fit students from K through 12 by increasing the vocabulary introduced, as well as the depth of exploration through each work of art. These tours are perfect for students who are new to art exploration and introduce skills that connect to classroom discovery!
MUSEUM CULTURE: K-12
Museums are depositories for objects that tell the story of people throughout time. Many of these important works of art once belonged to people like us. Using our collection as a doorway, explore the importance of collecting art, the stories collections tell about culture, and how to best use museums as a tool of exploration and understanding.
SPACES AND PLACES: K-12
Discover the different ways artists represent place. On this tour, students will examine the ways artists use various methods and techniques to depict landscapes and the idea of space in two- and three-dimensional art. These tours use active looking techniques, encourage dialogue, and introduce vocabulary. They connect to language arts, social studies, art history, and art making curriculum.
ART AND IDENTITY: 6-12
Examine how art conveys identity through the lenses of symbolism, context, and students’ own perceptions of contemporary culture. Students will consider specific works of art in relation to the social and political contexts in which they were created. Discussion of the pieces is encouraged to reflect on how artists interpret and represent different experiences and events.
STUDENT AS CURATOR: 6-12
In this engaging tour, students learn about what it takes to be a museum curator and have an opportunity to step into the role for a hypothetical show. After observing the artworks on exhibit, each student will select the pieces in the gallery that best illustrate their selected theme. The docent will then facilitate a student-led discussion of the themes, artworks, and the importance of a curator’s role in interpreting objects and shaping the visitor experience.
DOCENT’S CHOICE: K-12
Not sure which theme to choose? Allow one our highly-trained docents to select their own theme. Though the particular areas of focus may vary, all tours will include an in-depth study and discussion of the objects on exhibition at the Arkansas Arts Center.
**All tours can be modified for AP classes**