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French Art
Grades 6 through 12

This tour gives students a taste of French art and explores a variety of themes including artistic styles, portraits of historical figures, scenes from everyday life, and images of patronage and power.

Looking and Learning Skills

During four to five tour stops in the galleries, students engage in activities—such as looking exercises and small-group work—that foster conversations about works of art. On this tour, students will practice the following skills:

• reasoning with evidence from works of art and using them as primary sources from which to gather ideas about French art and culture;
• developing new perspectives about French art, culture, and history;
• making and voicing careful observations;
• formulating questions that demonstrate curiosity and engagement;
• comparing different works of art and articulating connections between them; and
• donnecting tour ideas to prior knowledge and experience

Examples of Works Featured on Tour

Logistical Information

Group Size: Up to 90 students
Length: 75 minutes
Meeting Location: West Building Rotunda

Additional Gallery Resources

Art in the Classroom Poster
"The Railway" by Edouard Manet

Download poster (PDF 522kb)

Manet’s The Railway gives us a glimpse of Parisian life in the 19th century. The poster offers information and activities to encourage looking at, thinking about, and interpreting the work of art. It can be used flexibly and is suitable for small-group or whole-class work.