Every Picture Tells a Story
Grades 2 through 12
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
Uncover the many stories that works of art tell. During this tour, students will learn to "read" works of art by considering multiple perspectives, characters, setting, and plot. They will engage in activities to imaginatively create narratives and dialogues inspired the works of art.
Looking and Learning Skills
During four or five tour stops in the galleries, students engage in activities—such as looking exercises, small-group work, creative writing, and sketching—that foster conversations about works of art. On this tour, students will practice the following skills:
- Making and articulating careful observations.
- Formulating questions that demonstrate curiosity and engagement.
- Examining paintings from the perspectives of peers, the artists, and the people in the paintings.
- Comparing and connecting different paintings.
- Reasoning with evidence from the works of art themselves—developing narratives based on what is seen in the work of art.
- Taking new ideas learned from the tour and connecting them to prior knowledge and experience.
Examples of Works Featured on Tour
Virtual Tour Information
Length: 60 minutes
In-Person Tour Information
Group Size: Up to 90 students
Length: 60 minutes for grade 3; 75 minutes for grades 4 through 12
Meeting Location: West Building Rotunda
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.