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Exploring Modern Art
Grades 4 through 8

Modern art challenged the conventions of traditional art with new subject matter, materials, and techniques. This tour will explore some of these elements through guided looking, sketching, and discussion activities. Students will consider how artists deliberately chose to break from tradition and create a new way of interpreting the world through their art. 

Looking and Learning Skills

During four or five tour stops, students engage in activities—such as careful looking and sketching exercises—that foster conversations around works of art. The following skills are promoted:
• Making careful observations.
• Formulating questions and connections that demonstrate curiosity and engagement.
• Exploring multiple viewpoints within the group.
• Comparing and connecting different works of art of the same theme.
• Developing and articulating new ideas about modern art .

Examples of Works Featured on Tour

Logistical Information

Group Size: Up to 90 students
Length: 75 minutes; offered at 12:30 p.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:15 p.m.
Meeting Location: East Building Atrium

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.

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