Sky Color

Ages 4 to 6

Art Tales is an engaging three-step exploration of works of art. Using the children's book Sky Color, by Peter H. Reynolds, students are introduced to different themes in a familiar way, followed by an opportunity to connect these themes with art they observe in the galleries. The program culminates in a hands-on art experience linking the works of art and themes discussed.

Book Summary

Little Cloud book cover

In Sky Color, Marisol volunteers to paint the sky for the class mural, but she is missing a key color that she needs. During her ride home on the school bus, Marisol finds inspiration that helps her consider all the colors the sky can be.

Looking and Learning Skills

During the Art Tales: Sky Color tour, students will use their imaginations to explore works of art and discover how some artists depict the natural world. On this tour, students:

  • become familiar with a museum setting;
  • observe, describe, compare, and contrast works of art; and
  • create a landscape.

Examples of Works Featured on Tour

  • Example works featured on the Sky Color school tour http://media.nga.gov/public/objects/1/2/6/1/4/5/126145-primary-0-740x560.jpg

    Martin Johnson Heade, Sunlight and Shadow: The Newbury Marshes, c. 1871/1875

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  • Example works featured on the Sky Color school tour http://media.nga.gov/public/objects/6/5/8/9/8/65898-primary-0-740x560.jpg

    Ludolf Backhuysen, Ships in Distress off a Rocky Coast, 1667

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  • Example works featured on the Sky Color school tour http://media.nga.gov/public/objects/1/0/9/7/3/2/109732-primary-0-740x560.jpg

    George Henry Durrie, Winter in the Country, c. 1859

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  • Example works featured on the Sky Color school tour http://media.nga.gov/public/objects/8/2/6/4/8/82648-primary-0-740x560.jpg

    Thomas Moran, Green River Cliffs, Wyoming, 1881

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Logistical Information

Group Size: Up to 45 students
Length: 60 minutes
Meeting Location: West Building Rotunda

Schedule a Tour

Please complete this form to request a tour.

Tours must be scheduled at least four weeks in advance.

Groups must contain at least 10 students.

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 to show your students prior to your visit. View our museum policies, location, parking, accessiblity, security, lunch options, and other important information about visiting.

Questions

Our tour scheduler is available to answer questions on Monday through Wednesday between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. (September through May). Please contact her at (202) 842-6249 schooltourrequests@nga.gov.

Also see our Frequently Asked Questions about School Tours.

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