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Exploring Modern Art
Grades 4 through 8

Modern art challenged the conventions of traditional art with new subject matter, materials, and techniques. This tour will explore some of these elements through guided looking, sketching, and discussion activities. Students will consider how artists deliberately chose to break from tradition and create a new way of interpreting the world through their art. 

Looking and Learning Skills

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

Examples of Works Featured on Tour

Logistical Information

Group Size: Up to 90 students
Length: 75 minutes
Meeting Location: East Building Atrium

Additional Gallery Resources

The Farm (La masía) by Joan Miró

Download poster (PDF 882KB)

This bilingual poster of The Farm by Spanish artist Joan Miró is designed to be a primary source for you to display and use in your classroom. We hope that this poster will generate from your students rich conversations, probing questions, and great ideas, which you will be able to support and develop using the information and activities provided on the back of the poster. The poster also offers opportunities to develop content knowledge about a Spanish modern artist, his artistic process, and the idea of identity expressed through art.

Create a work of art inspired by your personal description and The Farm. Download the writing and grid template (PDF 46KB).

Learn more about how the poster links to Common Core State Standards (PDF 77KB).

Request a Tour

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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.

Questions

Our tour scheduler, Jennifer Cross, is available to answer questions Monday through Wednesday (September through May). Please contact her at (202) 842-6249 or schooltourrequests@nga.gov.

Also see our Frequently Asked Questions about School Tours.

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