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French Art

Grades 6 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

Explore how French art evolved over 150 years looking at artists such as David, Monet, and Degas. This tour gives students a taste of French art and explores a variety of themes such as artistic styles and techniques, patronage and power, and changing subject matter as artists respond to the world around them.

Looking and Learning Skills

During four to five tour stops, 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.
• Connecting tour ideas to prior knowledge and experience.

Examples of Works Featured on Tour

In-Person Tour 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.

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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