Skip to Content

Sculpture and Sketching

Grades 4 through 12

Tour requests will be accepted from December 6, 2021 to May 2, 2022 for the winter/spring season (January 10 – June 3, 2022).

This tour introduces participants to a variety of sculptures—from figurative bronzes and marble carvings to objects that engage the viewers as they move around them. Students investigate materials and techniques, as well as the subjects and purpose of the works.

Looking and Learning Skills

This tour encourages participants to develop their own ideas and interpretations based on careful observation, sketching, and discussion of sculpture at four to five stops in the West Building. Students will practice:

  • using sketching as a tool to observe and understand sculptural technique, form, and function
  • debating, discussing, and interpreting the intended purpose, message, and mood of a sculpture or group of sculpture, and
  • comparing and contrasting the materials, technique, and subject matter of sculptures

Examples of Works Featured on Tour

In-Person Logistical Information

Group size: Up to 60 students
Length: 75 minutes
Meeting location: West Building Rotunda

Additional Gallery Resources

Sculpture at the Gallery

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.

We greatly value your feedback about your school tour experience. Please submit this form to share your feedback.