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Art Tales: Sky Color

Age 4 through Grade 1

Request for winter/spring tours are no longer being accepted.

We will offer a selection of in-person and virtual tours, using Zoom, in fall 2023.

Requests for fall tours, October 1 – December 1, 2023, will be accepted from August 1 through November 3, 2023.

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.

In-Person Tour Information

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

Important Scheduling 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 an email confirmation within ten business days.

Title I Bus Stipends

Funding for the cost of bus transportation is available for Title I schools that participate in our docent-led school tours. For more information, please get in touch with Deirdre Palmer at [email protected] or (202) 842-6880, or use the application form.

Examples of Works Featured on Tour

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