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Sculpture and Sketching
Grades 4 through 12

Requests for winter/spring tours (January 6 – May 29, 2020) will be accepted from December 2, 2019 – May 2, 2020.

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

Looking and Learning Skills

This tour covering modern sculptures in the East Building and traditional ones in the West Building (with four or five stops) includes sketching and discussion to encourage participants to develop their own ideas and interpretations based on careful observation. On this tour, students will practice the following skills:
• using sketching as a tool to observe and understand sculptural technique, form, and function;
• debating, discussing, and interpreting the intended purpose, message, and mood of a sculpture or group of sculptures; and
• comparing and contrasting sculpture in terms of materials, technique, and subject matter

Examples of Works Featured on Tour

Logistical Information

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

Additional Gallery Resources

Sculpture at the Gallery

Tour Request Form

Important Information

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 e-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.


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 [email protected].

Also see our Frequently Asked Questions about School Tours.


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