Grades 4–6

American Art

How does art send messages about a nation and its identity? In this tour, students explore the historical and cultural connections in works of American art.

Art Connections

This tour supports learning about, and through, art with experiences that encourage critical and creative thinking, working collaboratively, and engaging with rich art content. Students will encounter landscapes, portraits, and genre paintings.

Every Picture Tells a Story

Paintings are more than just pictures in a frame—they are unfolding stories with multiple perspectives. During this tour, students will learn to "read" works of art by identifying characters, setting, and plot, and by creating dialogue.

Mythology

Which significant episode or moment in a mythological story did an artist choose to depict, and why? This tour unravels Greek and Roman myths, which artists through the ages have depicted with great drama and imagination.

Sculpture and Sketching

From figurative bronzes and marble carving to objects that challenge conventional ideas about sculpture, students investigate materials and techniques as well as the works' subjects and functions.

Schedule a Tour

Tours must be scheduled at least four weeks in advance. Groups must contain at least 10 students.

Please complete this form to request a tour.

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

Pre-Visit Information

Watch a video or download a presentation (PPT, 4MB) to show your students prior to their visit. Review our 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 between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. (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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