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Breaking the Rules
Grades 9 through 12

What is modern about modern art? Students investigate the ways artists "break the rules" when they depart from realistic representation, use innovative techniques, and engage the viewer as a partner in the creation of meaning.

Looking and Learning Skills

During four or five tour stops, students engage in activities—such as looking exercises and small-group work—that foster conversations around works of art. The following skills are promoted:
• Making and articulating careful observations.
• Formulating questions that demonstrate curiosity and engagement.
• Exploring multiple viewpoints within the group.
• Comparing and connecting different works of art.
• Reasoning with evidence from the artworks themselves. 
• Developing new ideas about modern art.

Examples of Works Featured on Tour

Logistical Information

Group size: Up to 60 students
Length: 75 minutes
Meeting Location: East Building Atrium

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Important Information

Requests for winter/spring tours (January 9–June 2, 2017) will begin on December 1 and run through May 5, 2017.

Tours must be scheduled at least four weeks in advance. Groups must contain at least 15 students.

Once your tour has been scheduled, you will receive a confirmation letter via mail in 10 business days (14 days for Spanish-language tours).

Pre-Visit Information

Watch a video (grades 1-4) or download a presentation (grades 4-12) (PPT, 4MB) to show your students what to expect on their tour. Please review museum policies, location, parking, accessibility, security, lunch options, and other important visitor information.

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