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French Art
Grades 6 through 12

This tour gives students a taste of French art and explores a variety of themes including artistic styles, portraits of historical figures, scenes from everyday life, and images of patronage and power.

Looking and Learning Skills

During four to five tour stops in the galleries, students engage in activities—such as looking exercises and small-group work—that foster conversations about works of art. On this tour, students will practice the following skills:
• Reasoning with evidence from works of art and using them as primary sources from which to gather ideas about French art and culture.
• Developing new perspectives about French art, culture, and history.
• Making and voicing careful observations.
• Formulating questions that demonstrate curiosity and engagement.
• Comparing different works of art and articulating connections between them.
• Connecting tour ideas to prior knowledge and experience.

Examples of Works Featured on Tour

Logistical Information

Group Size: Up to 60 students
Length: 75 minutes
Meeting Location: West Building Rotunda

Additional Gallery Resources

Art in the Classroom Poster
The Railway by Edouard Manet

Download poster (PDF 522kb)

The poster offers information and activities to encourage looking at, thinking about, and interpreting art. It can be used flexibly and is suitable for small-group or whole-class work.

Posters are are also available to educators in the United States. Please fill out the request form if you would like a poster to be sent for use in your classroom.

Request a Tour

Please complete this form to request a tour.

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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