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Art Investigators: Modern Art
Ages 4 to 6, Kindergarten through Grade 3

As “art investigators,” students will look for clues, explore artists’ choices, and use their imaginations to learn about modern and contemporary art. This tour will introduce students to the museum and the basic elements of art. 

Looking and Learning Skills

During four or five tour stops, students engage in activities—looking exercises, simple art-making activities, and small group work—that foster conversations around works of art. The following skills are promoted:
• Observing, describing, and sharing ideas about the works of art.
• Developing ideas about art by drawing on clues, prior knowledge, and imagination.
• Becoming familiar with the museum setting.

Examples of Works Featured on Tour

Logistical Information

Group Size: Up to 90 students
Length: 60 minutes; offered at 12:30 p.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:15 p.m.
Meeting Location: East Building Atrium

Additional Gallery Resources

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 an email confirmation in 10 business days.

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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