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Art Tales: Not a Box
Age 4 through Grade 1

Art Tales is a tour designed for the Gallery’s youngest learners. This tour includes the reading of Not a Box by author Antoinette Portis, exploration of two works of art, and an art-making experience.

Book Summary


In Not a Box, a rabbit uses its imagination to transform a cardboard box into a race car, a robot, and a spaceship. With a little imagination, the ordinary becomes extraordinary!

Looking and Learning Skills

During the Art Tales: Not a Box tour, students will discover how artists use their imaginations and draw inspiration from the world around them to create modern sculptures and paintings. On this tour, students will:

• observe, describe, compare, and contrast works of art
• create a three-dimensional, multimedia work of art

Logistical Information

Length: 45–60 minutes
Materials needed: cardboard box, glue/tape, crayons

Examples of Works Featured on Tour

Additional Gallery Resources

• Art Tales for Pre-K
• An Eye for Art

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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