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Art Tales: Matthew's Dream
Ages 4 to 6

Art Tales is a tour designed for our youngest learners. This tour includes the reading of Leo Lionni’s book Matthew’s Dream, exploration of modern and contemporary art, and an art-making experience.

Book Summary


Matthew’s Dream by Leo Lionni is the story of a young mouse who visits a museum with his class. In the museum, Matthew sees all kinds of amazing paintings, including abstract works filled with many colors, lines, and shapes. Matthew is so inspired by the abstract paintings that he dreams he is walking inside one of them. Eventually, he is motivated to become a painter whose abstract works hang in the museum. 

Looking and Learning Skills

During the Art Tales: Matthew’s Dream tour, students will look closely at modern and contemporary works art, and discover how artists use colors, lines, and shapes. On this tour, students:

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

Examples of Works Featured on Tour

Logistical Information

Group Size: Up to 60 students
Length: 60 minutes
Meeting Location: East Building Atrium

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].

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