Skip to Content

Art Tales: Sky Color

Age 4 through Grade 1

The National Gallery of Art will offer a selection of in-person and virtual tours (using Zoom) for fall 2022.

Requests for all tours (October 3 – December 2) will be accepted from August 1 – November 4, 2022

Art Tales: Sky Color is a tour designed for our youngest learners. Students will use their imaginations to explore works of art and discover how some artists depict the natural world. This tour includes the reading of Sky Color by Peter H. Reynolds, exploration of two landscape paintings, and an art-making experience. 

Book Summary


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, she finds inspiration that helps her consider all the colors the sky can be. 

Looking and Learning Skills

On this tour, students:

• Observe, describe, compare, and contrast works of art.
• Create a landscape using tempera paint sticks.
• Feel a sense of belonging in the museum.

Examples of Works Featured on Tour

In-Person Tour Information

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

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.

We greatly value your feedback about your school tour experience. Please submit this form to share your feedback.