Grades 5 through 12
What radical changes in art (and life) marked the period known as the Renaissance? Original works of art provide students with firsthand answers to this question. Students will explore such artistic developments as perspective and the evolving naturalistic representation of human figure, and how these stylistic changes were influenced by scientific discovery and the rise of humanism.
Looking and Learning Skills
During four or five tour stops in the galleries, students engage in activities—such as looking exercises, small-group work, and sketching—that foster conversations about works of art. On this tour, students will practice the following skills:
• Comparing and contrasting different visual representations of Renaissance ideas.
• Reasoning with evidence from the works of art and using them as primary sources on Renaissance art and society.
• Making and articulating careful observations.
• Formulating questions that demonstrate curiosity and engagement.
• Connecting new ideas discussed on the tour to prior knowledge of Renaissance art and culture.
Examples of Works Featured on Tour
Group Size: Up to 90 students
Length: 75 minutes
Meeting Location: West Building Rotunda
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).